Avataar at The Dream Cafe

Event Dates:
  • Tue October 15, 2019 6:00 PM
  • Event Cost: $24-34

Doors: 6:00pm, Show: 8:00pm
Tickets:  Premium: $34, Wings: $24
Reservations: Please call 250-490-9012 to reserve your table

When he was in his early 20s, Juno nominated saxophonist and composer Sundar Viswanathan changed his name. For most of his youth in the Northern Ontario mining town of Sudbury, he had been Sam. Something important shifted as he aged, and he realized he needed to return to the name of his birth.

What began with change of name continues and deepens with Avataar, Viswanathan’s project that explores the intersections between Indian classical music and jazz, ambient music and electric experiments. Glittering and atmospheric, yet substantial and technically astounding, Petal is a dynamic anthem dedicated to life’s brevity and intensity, merging Western and South Asian structures and sounds with bright grace.

The explicitly Indian elements —the ace tabla of Ravi Naimpally, the Indian classical vocals on “Raudra” —meld with jazz structures and harmony. Ragas inspire some of the melodic ideas, but Viswanathan leaps in his own directions, feeling his way step by step, supported by an ensemble of top Toronto jazz players.