(Performing with Vijay Kumar Yamla at Downtown Bhangra)
Rup Sidhu is an interdisciplinary artist, musician, producer and composer. Specializing in vocal percussion and live looping, his sound blends the rhythms of poetry and spoken word with a dynamic range of cultural hybridity. Inspired by folk and classical forms of music from around the world, his musical expressions can range from groove oriented hip hop beats, to contemporary fusions of classical ragas; scores for the National Film Board of Canada and remixes of vintage Bollywood tunes, to experimental compositions for dance and theatre productions. Rup has facilitated and taught musical programs in universities, public schools, youth prisons, and communities throughout Canada, USA, UK, and India. Rup has produced fourteen albums with emerging artists, including American Pie, Shane Koyzan’s debut release. Current collaborative projects include: Lapis, Blue God and the Serpents, Language of Rhythm, and Metaphor. Rup’s solo live looping show, RupLoops, has toured over 200 locations across Canada.
Rup has shared stages with and performed alongside Chugge Khan, Rajasthan Josh, Tanya Tagaq, Shane Koyzan, Delhi2Dublin, Michael Franti, and Jeet Thayil. Performance highlights include the Jaipur Literature Festival (Jaipur, India), Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Aga Khan Museum (Toronto, Canada), World Body Percussion Festival (Toronto, Canada), Globalqurque (New Mexico, USA), Indian Summer Festival (Vancouver, Canada), Mehndi, Masala, Musti (Toronto, Canada), Stern Grove Festival (San Francisco, USA), Shambhala Music Festival (Canada), Vancouver International Children’s Festival, Vancouver International Storytelling Festival, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, New Forms Festival (Vancouver, Canada), Oregon Country Fair (Eugene, USA), Fete de la Musique (Berlin, Germany), Fusion Festival (Berlin, Germany).