Avataar is a Toronto-based World-jazz group, led by multiple JUNO-nominated jazz saxophonist, vocalist and composer Sundar Viswanathan.
The music marries Indian Classical music, hardbop jazz, rock, Brazilian lyricism, electronica, atmospheric textures and ambiance, Javanese gamelan, and contemporary improvisation. The resulting confluence is a mesmerizing blend of rhythmic hypnotism, sonic landscapes and soaring melody that marries ancient and modern musical sounds.
Avataar includes Felicity Williams (voice), Ravi Naimpally (tabla), Michael Occhipinti (guitar), Justin Gray (bass) and Max Senitt (drums). The group has appeared at jazz festivals including Guelph, Sudbury, and Markham and in venues like the Lula Lounge, Small World Music Centre, and Trane Studio. Avataar recently returned from a very successful 5 city tour of South Africa, kindly supported by the Canada and Ontario Arts Councils. The band represents a cross-section of some of Canada's finest World, Jazz and Pop artists.