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Parvaaz-On the cover of the Rolling Stone and at Canadian Music Week!

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Published on May 15, 2019 with No Comments

The grand annual Canadian Music Week (CMW) that ran May 6-12, specially flew in India’s latest highly acclaimed rock band “Parvaaz” to perform at its festival this year. Parvaaz is a Bengaluru based band that formed in 2010-2011 and their crowning achievement, as one of the members put it, was to be on the cover of The Rolling Stone magazine last year Their first ever performance in Canada was in 2017 at the Rose Square in Brampton and they were thrilled to come back to deliver their goods at the prominent CMW, where they performed more than once at different venues.
“Our early influences were Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Junoon” offered vocalist and guitarist Khalid Ahamed, a sentiment shared by all other members with Fidel Dsouza (bassist) adding “for me Everly Brothers also.”
As the evening wore on, one could actually feel Pink Floyd and Junoon influences in the band as all members put their heart and soul into showcasing their expertise in their art. One member of the audience actually pointed to Sachin Benandur (drummer), after he put on an amazing drum solo, and yelled: “Mr. Nick Mason(Pink Floyd’s drummer)!”. As Mir Kashif Iqbal (also on guitar) and the other members joined in with their respective instruments, Iron Butterfly’s In-a- Gadda-da-Vida flashed through my mind. On one of the songs, Fidel added a real lengthy intonated laugh to the music that totally brought Pink Floyd to mind. He also contributed laughingly that the most memorable point of his career was to “see his picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone” (echoing Dr. Hook’s famous song). Kashif excelled in his vocals, prompting an audience member to cry out: “pura atma balidaan kar raha hai kala ke liye!” (Man, you are really sacrificing your soul for your art) to which Khali replied: “it’s because of you guys!” Despite having assimilated several international influences, the four members of Parvaaz have built their own unique expression that has often been described as one that transcends musical genres taking the listener to a universe that traverses


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