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SAHARA NASR
(voice, sarangi, guitar, frame drum)

Born to an Afghan father and a Canadian mother, Sahara’s music has taken her around the world. As a solo artist, she has toured in Holland, France, India, China, USA and many times across Canada. As well as being the voice of Blue Lotus Trio, Sahara has been deeply immersed in the study of Indian classical music with renowned teachers Sultan Khan (Bombay) and Joep Bor (Amsterdam), and she has taught classes in Indian music at both Ithaca College and Acadia University. Sahara’s website

 

KEN SHORLEY
(tabla, darabuka, riq, frame drums, saz, voice)

Providing the heartbeat for Blue Lotus Trio, Ken is a versatile musician who can also be found leading ORO! Orkestra (a 12-piece Turko-Balkan folk dance party band), Mindful Flower Gamelan, and the world-percussion group, Ken Shorley Trio. Ken is a disciple of the esteemed South Indian master drummer, Trichy Sankaran. Ken is an experienced hand drum instructor, sharing his love of Middle Eastern and Indian drumming traditions through workshops, as well as courses in world music, drumming and rhythm at Acadia University.
Ken’s website

 

HEIDI KALYANI
(shruti box, tamboura, frame drum)

In addition to being the “sonic incense” of Blue Lotus Trio, Heidi is an avid Indonesian gamelan musician. She is an artist with a passion for the block print, mehndi and textile arts of India, as manifested in her recently launched art project, *spark and blossom*. She makes brilliant chana masala, and is in love with Turkish and Balkan folk dance, notably as dance leader of ORO! Orkestra. Heidi’s website

 

 

 

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