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RUPA

Rupa is a composer, songwriter, singer, guitarist and leader of the band Rupa & the April Fishes. She grew up in between the San Francisco Bay Area, Southern France and Northern India and her compositions span four languages and countless musical idioms, from French chanson to Colombian cumbia, from American folk to Indian ghazal. Through her band, she has released three studio albums of original music to worldwide acclaim, has toured extensively on 3 continents and recently released one solo project of intimate string quartets, which were arranged in collaboration with composer Mark Orton. She has been the recipient of a major grant by the San Francisco Arts Commission, for the composing and directing a mixed-media performance piece ¡Catapulta! which recognizes and celebrates the struggles of migrants around the world. A master of intercultural musical exchange, Rupa is currently working with indigenous Pacific Northwest women in British Colombia on a musical dialogue about the forces of nature. Her music has been used by Giorgio Armani without her permission, has appeared in NBC's Parenthood series and has been used with her enthusiastic support to further the work of performance artists, climate activists and food sovereignty activists around the world. The LA Times calls her sound "ecstatic and powerfully evocative."

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