Sundar Viswanathan's AVATAAR marries modern jazz, Classical Indian music, Brazilian lyricism, atmospheric textures and ambiance, Javanese gamelan, and contemporary improvisation. The music has drawn comparison to Mahavishnu Orchestra, Keith Jarrett with Jan Garbarek, late John Coltrane, and Oregon. The group's mesmerizing blend of rhythmic hypnotism, sonic landscapes and soaring melody marry ancient and modern musical sounds. Petal is Avataar's debut 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/ephemerality and universal consciousness feature in many of the compositions, as do first-rate musical interpretations and improvisations by the group's members.

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

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