Galitcha
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Galitcha

| Established. Jan 01, 1999 | SELF

| SELF
Established on Jan, 1999
Band World Folk

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Jun
27
Galitcha @ Old Songs Music and Dance Festival

Altamont, New York, USA

Altamont, New York, USA

Jun
26
Galitcha @ Old songs music and dance festival

Altamont, New York, USA

Altamont, New York, USA

Jun
25
Galitcha @ Old Songs music and dance festival

altamont, New York, USA

altamont, New York, USA

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3 ½ stars Célébration Blé d’Inde Celebration – “… (Galitcha) may specialize in East Indian folk music, but they broaden their songs about spirituality, strife and love with everything from Appalachian dulcimer to slide guitar and saxophone. Especially fun on their sophomore disc are Blé d’Inde and J’entends le Moulin, crazy-quilt blends of Indian and French Canadian music that point to music’s borderless nature…”
Patrick Langston Ottawa Citizen August 2006

Tout comme en 2003, Galitcha a encore une fois enflammé le public de Mémoire et Racines.
Quel band enlevant !!! Gilles Pitre, directeur du Festival Mémoire et Racines 2006

"It was an evening of love. Galitcha is that rare blending of superb musicianship and emotional connection. There is something truly addictive about Galitcha's music."
Coleman Barkin Producer, The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, NYC

"Their name means 'tapestry' and that's exactly what they are. Uncompromisingly Galitcha scales peaks around the globe culminating in tabla driven songs that are danceable, touchable and irresistible. ....Their CD called Satrang is the kind of album you just want to keep on listening to - never a dull moment on it which is no mean feat!" Steve Fruitman CIUT Toronto

"4 stars - SATRANG - a first-rate collection of East Indian folk songs and sparkling instrumentals meticulously fused with tasteful elements of jazz, flamenco, Celtic rhythms, Chinese classical, and a host of western and world flourishes." Steve Baylin Ottawa Xpress
"I saw them at the most recent Northeast Folk Alliance Conference ….in terms of musicianship, they were really a notch above many of the other performers."
John Weathers Riverbend's Acoustic World Music Series, Philadelphia PA
"Gatlicha's performance was an education for the audience, but it was far from a dusty classroom experience. Galitcha gave a performance that shook the senses and left the audience in such a happy state! Often cliched buzz-words like "electric", "virtuoso", "versatile" and "captivating" really do fit this group!"
Ron Olesko, Producer/Host WFDU-FM NJ
"The Punjabi folk songs were immediate hits with festival (Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival) crowds this weekend. The words are Urdu but the emotions tug at the universal heart."
Stephen Pedersen Arts Reporter Halifax Herald
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Discography

Satrang - 2002
Celebration - Ble D'Inde - 2006

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Bio

Since 1996 Kuljit Sodhi, Galitcha's lead singer, composer and percussionist has been building an ensemble which integrates music with a strong North Indian footprint overlaid with influences from western folk and jazz and instrumentation from around the world. 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. Vocalist Kuljit Sodhi also on East Indian dholki drum and the accordion-like harmonium; Linsey Wellman on saxophones and flutes; Shawn Mativetsky on East Indian tabla drum, dhol (barrel drum) and percussion; and Matt Smith on guitars and mandolin create a culturally diverse Canadian sound. But Galitcha's performances are not just about the music. There is an inspiring sense of devotion - to the muse, to each other, to the audience - which is consistently part of their presence on and off stage.
Based in Ottawa, Canada, they have performed in concert halls, schools and folk festivals across Canada and the US. and at:
• The National Arts Centre and National Library Auditorium and Canadian Museum of
Civilization (Ottawa)
• The Lincoln Center for Performing Arts (NYC)
• 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, guitarist Ellen McIllwaine and accordionist Yves Lambert (founder of
La Bottine Souriante)
Galitcha has also been chosen to perform official mainstage showcases at the following industry conferences:
• NERFA (North East Regional Folk Alliance) conference in Monticello NY (2003)
• Folk Alliance Canada and Folquébec Montreal, QC (2003)
• Pacific Contact conference in Vancouver BC (2004)
• Folk Alliance Canada showcase at the NA Folk Alliance conference Montreal, QC (Feb 2005)
•Contact Ontarois conference - closing Gala in collaborative performance with
Yves Lambert and other Francophone musicians – Ottawa ON (January 2005)
• Réseau Scènes Montreal, QC (Sept 2005)
• Arts Presenters (APAP) NYC (Jan 2006 and January 2007)
• North American Folk Alliance Conference (Feb 2006) Austin Texas
• Rideau Conference Québec City (Feb 2006)
• Performing Arts Exchange (PAE) Baltimore MD (Sept 2006)
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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 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). The group has just completed a new CD (their second full length disc) for which they have received assistance from the Ontario Arts Council and FACTOR. The recording, entitled Célébration Blé d’inde Celebration, reflects Galitcha’s progress as a group and tells the story of their travels both geographically, historically and musically.
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.

Kuljit Sodhi lead vocals, percussion

Galitcha's lead singer, composer and tabla and dholki player, Kuljit Sodhi has extensive experience playing percussion with various musical styles. Born in India, he immigrated to Montreal at a young age, where he grew up listening to East Indian, Greek, French Canadian and Latin music. He became an accomplished East Indian folk dancer, choreographer and dance teacher. As a singer of devotional songs, Kuljit’s first performances took place in the temples of his Sikh tradition. His love for the traditional East Indian folk music prompted him, in 1996, to start his own band, which evolved into what is now called Galitcha. The original tunes in the Galitcha repertoire are composed by Kuljit.