Bio

Sahara Jane is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who is always on the move, creating and performing around the world. Her songwriting style blends elements of folk, jazz, Celtic and Indian music which gives a unique character to her show. Her recent tours have included performances in India, China, Europe and Canada. 

This past spring, Sahara Jane returned to Nova Scotia, Canada to work with her sister Kamila to create Sahara | Kamila, a duo that draws on original songwriting, vocal harmonies and world music. Kamila is a songwriter with a strong repertoire in Bossa Nova, Fado, and Persian music. Paired with the Indian influenced folk groove of Sahara Jane, the sisters have created a show that is both international and familiar.  It brings you from East Coast kitchen parties to the jazz circuit of Beijing, from the insights of Sufi poets to the ancient sounds of Indian raga. The sisters have been musical collaborators for many years, bringing together intricate vocal arrangements with Celtic harp, guitar, mandolin, flute, and sarangi.

This past summer has brought an amazing development. Sahara Jane and Kamila Nasr have joined with their sister, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Ariana Nasr, and master percussionist Ken Shorley to create ASHK. A world music band that seems to know no limit. Bringing Ariana's powerhouse vocals, her saxophone, accordion, and her knowledge of French, Balkan, and Turkish music to the mix, as well as Ken Shorley's expertise in Turkish, Arabic and Indian drumming, they  have formed an incredibly versatile and international family band!  With some very successful shows under their belt, and a live video coming out soon, the group is looking forward to meeting up again and touring in the coming year.

Sahara Jane's collaborations in world music began in 2013 when she founded Blue Lotus Trio with multi-instrumentalists, Ken Shorley and Heidi Kalyani. This group is a world music ensemble inspired by Indian raga, Sufi poetry and Turkish rhythms. Blue Lotus Trio has since performed sold out shows in Nova Scotia, toured in BC, hosted workshops on Indian music and hand drumming, and have released a 5 song EP.

In 2014, Sahara Jane formed an acoustic funk band with her sisters and her brother in law, called Ask Your Sister. With Sahara on guitar, Ariana on saxophone, Kamila on keys, the three sisters’ close vocal harmonies and the rhythm and bass of Andy Flinn, the band toured in India and China before returning home to Nova Scotia to record their new album, ‘Invincible’. Since last summer, ‘Invincible’ has been getting regular airplay on CBC radio. 

2015 saw Sahara Jane studying raga in Amsterdam and India, performing in Goa, as well as completing a cross Canada tour of original music with folk singer/guitarist Daunt Lee. This coming winter of 2017 will be an intense study and composition period for Sahara Jane as she will be working towards her second solo album, and creating new material for her collaborative projects.

For more information visit:  SaharaJane.com, ASHK.ca,  BlueLotustrio.com,                 
For bookings/inquiries contact: SaharaJaneManagement@gmail.com

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