Critically acclaimed, cutting edge world music ensemble Autorickshaw has recently released their fourth album, "The Humours of Autorickshaw", following their Juno-nominated CDs Four Higher and So The Journey Goes. Led by the stellar vocals of Suba Sankaran, the reboot of Autorickshaw features a heavier, layered sonic landscape, with full drumkit, electric guitar, strings, percussion as well as signature tabla and electric bass. Driving and danceable, the new sound includes sensual reinterpretations of Indian folk songs, groove-driven Canadian pop with hints of Bollywood, and hypnotic south Asian traditional selections with a twist.
“…When their forces are combined, the results are utterly unique and musically pioneering” -Daniel Ariaratnam, The Record
Autorickshaw has toured extensively across Canada, including appearances at Montreal, Vancouver, Guelph, Calgary and Toronto Jazz festivals, Vancouver and Winnipeg Folk festivals, Glenn Gould Studio, Stratford Festival and the Sound Symposium in Newfoundland.
International performances include Joe’s Pub in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Yoshi's in San Francisco and dates across Europe including the Stockholm Jazz Festival, Vortex Jazz Club & Nehru Centre in London, Festival der Kulturen in Hamburg, Germany and performances Ireland, Prague, Paris, Amsterdam, and Belfast. Concerts in India include Chennai and Bangalore, the Congo Square Jazz Festival in Kolkata, and at the prestigious Jaipur International Heritage Festival in Rajasthan. A second major Indian tour is in the works for November 2014-January 2015.
"A high-quality concert full of originality, verve and energy" - The Hindu, Bangalore, India
Widely reviewed and profiled in mainstream Canadian media, Autorickshaw has also been featured internationally, on BBC Radio, NPR’s Weekend America, in Global Rhythm Magazine and All About Jazz (USA); World Music Magazine (Italy), fRoots (UK), Rave Magazine and The Hindu (India); Deutschland Radio Kultur (Germany) as well as appearing at #14 on the European World Music Charts.
"...A fascinating hybrid." -Zeitgeist and Co, UK
Autorickshaw has received numerous grants and was the winner of the 2005 Canadian Independent Music Award, winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Competition Grand Prize in World Music in 2008, and awarded CAPACOA’s Touring Artist of the Year in 2008.
"...Seriously talented musicians who weave a tapestry of musical traditions into a unique and inspiring sonic alchemy. Absolutely beautiful." -Dave O’Rama, CHLY FM
Autorickshaw is committed to their role as music educators through school performances, lecture demonstrations, workshops and master classes on topics as diverse as jazz improvisation, south Indian and western vocal technique and percussion from around the world.
"...Rather than a mainstream blending of thin cultural references, their sound is a highly cultivated juxtaposition of authentic traditions, making for a unique, challenging and ultimately satisfying artistic offering."-Stephen Preece, The Record