Galitcha

Galitcha

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From heartfelt devotional and love songs, to compelling lively dance tunes, Galitcha (meaning tapestry) takes audiences on a musical journey from one end of the emotional spectrum to the other. The songs are mainly sung in Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi with explanations in English and/or French.

Biography

There is an inspiring sense of devotion - to the muse, to each other, to the audience - which is consistantly part of their presence on and off stage. As Coleman Barkin, producer at The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, wrote about Galitcha's August 2004 concert on his stage, "It was an evening of love. Galitcha is that rare blending of superb musicianship and emotional connection."

Based in Ottawa, Canada, they have performed in concert halls, schools and folk festivals across Canada and at:

The Canadian Museum of Civilization
The Canadian Tulip Festival
The National Capital Canada Day Celebration (2001/02/03)
The Black Sheep Inn (Wakefield Quebec)
The National Arts Centre (Ottawa)
The National Library Auditorium
Hugh's Room (Toronto)
The Lincoln Center (NY)
Ontario Center for the Performing Arts (Oswego NY)

Place des Arts (Montréal)
Festival de Rabat and International Festival de Tetouan - Morrocco 2002

Festival au Désert - Timbouctou Mali - January 2005

and have collaborated on stage with artists such as acoustic blues guitarist Harry Manx, violinist Oliver Schoer and Yves Lambert (la Bottine Souriante).
Galitcha has also been chosen to perform official mainstage showcases at the following industry conferences:

The Ontario Council of Folk Festivals conference (2002)

The Ontario Arts Council's Ontario Contact (2002)

NERFA (North East Regional Folk Alliance) conference (2003)

Folk Alliance Canada (2003)

Folquébec (2003)
Pacific Contact conference in Vancouver (2004)

Folk Alliance Canada showcase at the NA Folk Alliance conference Feb 2005

ArtStarts in Schools conference in Vancouver (March 2005)
Arts Presenters (APAP) conference (Jan 2006) NYC
North American Folk Alliance Conference (Feb 2006) Austin Texas
La Bourse RIDEAU (Feb 2006) Quebec City
Galitcha has received financial support from the Government of Canada through the Canada Music Fund for promotion and for attendances at NERFA, Contact Ontario, Pacific Contact, the Vancouver Island MusicFest and the Festival au Désert in Mali. Assistance was also provided by the Canadian Embassy in Mali for travel to the Festival au Désert in January 2005 and from the Department of Foreign Affairs Canada for travel to the US in August 2004.

Galitcha's premiere full-length recording entitled SATRANG, (2002), has done well on radio across Canada. Their concerts have been recorded live for CBC radio's Bandwidth, The World in Performance and Global Village and for Radio Canada. The CD has reached 'top 10' status on world music charts on stations from Toronto to Victoria. Galitcha was awarded CIUT's (Toronto) 'Porcupine Award' for Musique du Monde CD of the year (2003). Philly Markowitz, host of CBC's Roots and Wings, chose SATRANG as a 'Pick of the Year' (2003). They are currently working on two new projects for release in 2005 - an album of sacred music and a collaboration with a Québécois artist.

Continuous creativity and performance excellence are the primary goals of Galitcha. With a solid base in Ottawa Canada, Galitcha is steadily working at reaching out to an ever widening audience - across Canada, in the US and internationally.

Discography

Ble d'Inde Celebration-2006
Galitcha is proud to present their second full length recording. Recorded in June/July of 2006, the disc, entitled Célébration Blé d'Inde Celebration, was engineered by James Stephens and co-produced by Stephens and band leader, Kuljit Sodhi. It features Sodhi on vocals, dholki (North Indian folk drum), tumbi (one stringed gourd 'banjo') and bells; Chris MacLean on vocals, harmonium, guitar and dulcimer; Linsey Wellman on flutes and saxophones; and Shawn Mativetsky on tabla (pitched East Indian hand drums), dhol (barrel drum), santoor (Indian hammered dulcimer), conch shell, ghatam (mud pot), glokenspiel, resonating bells, suspended cymbals, hi-hat, triangle and tambourine.

Satrang - 2002
In November 2002, Galitcha released it's first full length recording to a sold out packed house at The Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield Quebec. The recording, entitled, SATRANG, was engineered and co-produced by James Stephens. It features core members, Kuljit Sodhi (vocals, dholki, percussion), Chris MacLean (vocals, harmonium, guitar, gopichund, dulcimer) and Linsey Wellman (flute and saxophones) on 7 original tunes and 2 traditional East Indian songs. Contributing artists add layers of sound reminiscent of many world traditions including Celtic, North American Folk, Indian and Chinese Classical and African. They are: James Stephens (fiddle, viola), Ravi Naimpally (tabla), Hassan El-Hadi (oud, banjo), Jeremy Moyer (gaohu), Shawn Mativetsky (tabla), Kamaljeet Channi (dholki), Ken Kanwisher (cello, bass) and Narinder Bhalesar (dhol).