Toronto, Ontario, CAN

AVATAAR is a dynamic World-jazz ensemble that seamlessly melds the music of India, Brazil, and modern jazz with atmospheric landscapes and world grooves. Cleverly layered and cinematic in scope, the music drives and swirls through a vast sonic palette.


AVATAAR is a World-jazz group led by award-winning and multiple Juno-nominated saxophonist/composer/vocalist Sundar. The music marries Classical Indian music, modern jazz, Brazilian lyricism, atmospheric textures and ambiance, Javanese gamelan, and contemporary improvisation. The sound has drawn comparison to Mahavishnu Orchestra, Keith Jarrett with Jan Garbarek, late Coltrane, and Oregon. The resulting confluence is a mesmerizing blend of rhythmic hypnotism, sonic landscapes and soaring melody that marries ancient and modern musical sounds.

The fresh sound features saxophonist/flutist/composer Sundar Viswanathan, vocalist Felicity Williams (Bahamas, Hobson's Choice), tabla maestro Ravi Naimpally (Tasa), guitarist Michael Occhipinti (Sicilian Jazz Project, Don Byron, Bruce Cockburn), bassist Justin Gray (Monsoon, David Liebman, Subanker Banarjee) and drummer Giampaolo Scatozza (Paul Young, Tom Jones ).

'Petal' is Avataar's debut (Oct. 2015) release. Cleverly layered and cinematic in scope, the music drives and swirls through a vast sonic palette. The album is questing in nature - the concepts of impermanence and universal consciousness feature in many of the compositions, as do first-rate musical interpretations and improvisations by the group's members.

The group has appeared at the Markham Jazz Festival, Small World Festival, the Sudbury Jazz Festival, the Brampton Global Jazz Festival, the Lula Lounge and several other venues and represents a cross-section of some of Canada's finest World, Jazz and Pop artists.

On Avataar:

“Sundar's music is clearly a spiritual search for unity amidst the variety of forces that flow through life.” David Fujino, thelivemusicreport.com



Set List

We will perform compositions taken from our debut album 'Petal' (digital release Oct. 2015) mixed with other original works.

On the shorter end, we prefer 1x45min set, and on the longer end, 1x75 or 2x45 min sets, but we are flexible.