AZALEA RAY – Spiritual songs & vocal virtuosity
Saturday May 30 @ 8 pm
Harbourfront Studio Theatre, 235 Queens Quay W.
Tickets: $30 advance at 416 973-4000 / www.harbourfrontcentre.com
A powerful singer with a four-octave range, Azalea Ray has devoted her career to the exploration of spiritual, devotional and sacred music. Ray studied at the University of Toronto, sang at temples, and suffered what she calls “an identity crisis.” At 21, in 1993, she went to a concert by Rashid Khan, now one of the most celebrated gurus of Indian classical music, but unknown at the time. She was so moved by his music that she went backstage and said, “Can I come to Calcutta and learn from you?” Ray studied under Khan for a year. Later, in Mumbai, she learned Bollywood-style playback singing, and also became the only student of ghazal maestro Fareeda Khanum. Back in Toronto, she has performed at numerous venues, building a reputation as a powerfully engaging singer. Her ensemble features some of Toronto’s finest South Asian players.