Hindugrass was founded in Los Angeles in 1998 by John Heitzenrater and friends as an acoustic vehicle to explore the commonalities between the classical and folk music of Northern India and the folk and bluegrass styles of Appalachia. The band features Heitzenrater on the sarod, Laura Thomas on the violin, Leah Gibson on the cello, Wiley Sykes on the tabla, and Ed Butler on percussion. The sound of Hindugrass is a fresh new voice for Indian fusion, a surprising and engaging festival for the ears in an age where everything has “already been done.” Alternately haunting and soaring sarod melodies intermingle with the sweet twang and bite of instruments from the Smoky Mountains and the rich palette of chamber strings over a driving bed of percussion instruments from around the world.
The band recently recorded its second studio album, and they will perform some of their newest material at the Love House & Hutchins Forum. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!