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Rupa & The April Fishes
Published June 26, 2008

After returning from their extensive European tour, the band hits the road in North America performing at select clubs and major festivals including Central Park Summerstage, Montreal Jazz Festival, and San Francisco's Outside Lands.

Born to Indian parents in California, raised in the US, India and southern France, and leading a double life as a musician and a doctor, singer/guitarist/composer Rupa and her polyglot band of musical renegades have taken the San Francisco Bay Area by storm and are bringing their music to the world with the international release of eXtraOrdinary rendition on Cumbancha.  With their enchanting mix of chic French nouvelle scene, rousing Latin alternative grooves, energetic Gypsy swing, and dreamy Indian ragas, the trend-setting band is spearheading a multicultural movement that is redefining the sound of contemporary music.

While the music of Rupa & the April Fishes defies categorization, their intimate sound combined with a broad appeal has earned them comparisons to everyone from Manu Chao, Pink Martini and Lhasa to Beirut, Dengue Fever, Gogol Bordello and Keren Ann. Rupa's nomadic upbringing has led her to write songs in a multitude of languages, including French, Spanish, Hindi and English. With themes ranging from love and death to politics and philosophy, the songs offer a magic carpet ride through time and place and embody Rupa's goal of breaking down borders both real and imagined.

Besides being a songwriter and bandleader, Rupa is also a physician, splitting her time between her music career and caring for patients in San Francisco. She often finds inspiration from her patients. "A lot of my music feels like it derives its heart from these vulnerable encounters with people," says Rupa. "Taking care of people is such a deep inspiration for so many things, but especially music."

For a complete list of the tour dates, go to our World Music Concerts section: