‘WAHH’ – a popular word in India that is similar to the word ‘Wow’.WAHH! World Fusion Band is a spectacular blend of ‘East meets West’ in true FusionMusic style. Trailblazers of a unique and multiform sound, WAHH! is rooted in India’s rich traditional musical culture and enveloped in an artful weave of Jazz, Rock and Funk.
Tabla Maestro, Vocalist, Multi-Percussionist and Composer, Shankh Lahiri formed WAHH! World Fusion Band out of his desire to combine his traditional musical origins from India with his current and contemporary musical explorations from the West. In addition, Shankh’s deep appreciation of other Cultural Music from around the world inspired his organization of the band.
WAHH!’s band members are all highly skilled and seasoned musicians that seamlessly weave their musical expertise into a symbiotic and tightly intertwined musical design. Joining Shankh, WAHH! features the amazing Peter Mongaya on Guitar, with jaw-dropping guitar licks and solos, the expertly diversified Michael Washington on Drums and Percussion and the highly creative Ray Villadonga on Bass…the innovative and stunningly agile Rajib Karmakar on his incredible ‘E- Sitar’ with prestigious and frequent Guest Artists- Sitar Maestro Abhik Mukherjee and the one and only Jay Gandhi on Bansuri Flute.
Reflecting prominent, traditional Indian influences and strong Western influences, WAHH! World Fusion Band also brings in subtle influences from the Middle East and Africa.
The music is original, captivating and colorfully dynamic. It is mostly instrumental, occasionally dotted with emotional Indian style vocals or mesmerizing ‘Rhythmic Scatting’ by Shankh. WAHH!’s live performances often showcase Shankh spontaneously engaging an eager audience into a Rhythmic frenzy of irresistible clapping along and ‘call and response’ participation. WAHH!’s compelling compositions seduce listeners into an adventurous soundscape of sublime contemplation, surprising musical turns and infectious, high-energy grooves. Their congruent fit of Eastern and Western instruments, masterful fusing of musical genres and artful combination of traditional & modern musical expression, appeals to wide & diverse audiences with a distinct Global Appeal.
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