Ask Your Sister 


This is a momentous moment in my musical life. It has been a long time coming. Finally after years of travelling, learning, experimenting with different styles (of music and life..) everything seems to be bringing me home. Back to my roots.. as complex and varied as they are. And back to my home. These last few years I have been spending a lot more time in Nova Scotia, Canada in the amazing music scene that is there. A few months at a time even :) 

And now, after dreaming about it my whole life, I am joining up with my sisters and brother to take our new band, and our new sounds, encompassing all of our collective experiences and all that is "home" on the road!!!!

Ask Your Sister is the four of us. Ariana, Andy, Kamila and myself. They are joining me in India this January and we are making a new show. The first performances will be here in India, then a tour in China before we land back in Canada to record a new album. I could not be happier. 

We made a video of the first song that we have written together. "Take a Little Step"

Go to AskYourSisterMusic.com and see the video!

Himalayan Hand Weaving 

I am back in India, this time in the Himalayas.. Manali to be specific. What a beautiful world. It has been too long since I wrote.. so for one post, there is too much to write about. Life here, life before I left canada... working with Blue Lotus and the way that feels like coming home... and ooh oohh  I haven't even mentioned the big new project that is brewing and is almost ready to be fully realized... you will have to ask your sister what that is. I will reveal it in a post very soon. Before that let's talk about Manali. Sheep. Mountains. Hand looms and weaving.


Some may have noticed that I am wearing this green woollen stole in a number of photos taken over this past year in a bunch different places. I have travelled too much this year perhaps, and this stole has come with me everywhere. It is so soft, and so warm and so light, I always love having it with me. Well, this is the where it was made, the Kullu region in the Himalayas. The hand weaving and traditional designs from here are famous for the craftsmanship and quality. I love this stole so much that when Ji Myeng asked if I wanted to work with him to send some back to canada, I was all in. Sometimes I sell jewellery that my friends make, or scarves that Ji and I have designed at shows in Canada, so those who come to my shows or blue lotus shows will have a chance to see them and buy them. There is also another opportunity, Heidi Kalyani from Blue Lotus is organizing TAZA, Indian Gift Bazaar in Wolfville, NS. If you can make it, there is going to be amazing stuff there.. Check it out:
www.tazabazaar.tumblr.com



Blue Lotus 

This month I have been hiding away in a magical music house working on the concert that we will present this Sunday, July 28th at the Horton Community Centre. It will be the debut of our group Blue Lotus, consisting of Ken Shorely, Heidi Kalyani and I. 

We will present an intimate concert of songs and grooves, inspired by our passion for the sounds of India, Afghanistan, Persia and Turkey! We are so excited to finally be putting this project together as we have been talking about it for years and finally, it is the perfect moment!  Please come and join us after the days workshops mentioned below. The concert is at 7:30!


Music in Goa 


It was a busy winter in Goa. So many wonderful collaborations with musicians from around the world. Everything from Rock, country, pop to Indian Trance fusion, some great Russian blues, and psychedelic Nepali bass lines, heartfelt original songs from Austrailia and the Uk... I wish I was better with the photos and videos, but we were very much in the moment in arambol this winter. Photographer Petro Honcharenko took some sweet shots of playing at my favorite banyan tree, I'll post them to the gallery and see if we can round up any video from the season...

Photo: Petro Honcharenko

Rio, Samaya, Sahara Jane, Kamila in France "Live What You Love" 

Ahh..memories of France with Kamila and the Rio Samaya Band!! Rio wrote this song inspired by a whale painted on the wall of the cliff in Arambol.. remember anyone? It said "Live what you love!" I get all nostalgic whenever they sing this song. We sure missed them in Goa this winter, and the whale swam off too... but the song remains!

The End of the September Tour 


We have finished our Eastern Canada tour and it was truly wonderful. Jamie and I loved playing together and are already planning a spring tour for BC in May! Yay!!


Thanks to everyone who hosted us, played with us and spent time with us. It is like being home again to be on the road playing folk music with you all. And thanks to my sister Ariana Nasr and my brother in law Andy Flinn for recording this album and for all your support!


Carrying Salmon Upriver in Bowmanville and canoe sailing around the Thousand Islands... 

So aside from our wonderful visits with friends and the sweet shows on this tour, there were some things I would love to share...

One inspiring moment was a walk down by the river with our friends Aubrey and Koren and family, where they took us to see the salmon run in Bowmanville... The community raised a ton of money to build a new fish ladder so the salmon and trout could make it up the river to spawn. But the fish ran early and the water was too low and they could not make it over the dam, so the community HAND LIFTED them up!!! In hip waders, rain or shine, volunteers have now lifted more than 5000 fish over the dam!


Click here for some good pics!

Another beautiful experience was Canoe sailing around the Thousand Islands with my friend Hilary Calnan. She and her husband Joe run Rivercraft - they build the boats and they are both trained guides who take people out for days at a time, camping and sailing... this pic isn't us, but it gives you an idea. SO much fun!!!



September 8th, 8:00 at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville! 


I am really looking forward to this show in Wolfville. There is nothing quite like playing in your home town.. and with this incredible band!!

Ariana Nasr, my sister, on sax, violin and vocals, Andy Flinn, my bro-in-law, on double bass and harmonies, my dear friend and mentor, Ken Shorley with his amazing assortment of drums and percussion, and Jamie Loughead and Alan Slipp, whom I have sung with for so many years on vocal harmonies, Wow! I Love it!!!!!

Come on down if you can make it and help me celebrate my new album! I could not have done any of it without this incredible community and family supporting me!!



CD Release Show in Halifax on Friday Aug 24th! 

CD Release party for "Lonesome Sky" in Halifax at the Music Room on August 24th!!! Andy and Ariana will perform music from their recent album "Good to be Home"! Ken Shorley will accompany with amazing percussion!!! It will be a magic night of original music in a beautiful acoustic room!

andyandariana.com
kenshorley.com


At the Music Room - 6181 Lady Hammond Rd., Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 2R9


tix $10, for info call 902 542 0558

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Previous events

ASHK at Mosaiq Festival

Mosaiq Multicultural Festival, Riverfront Park, Moncton, NB

Mosaïq Multicultural Festival is a unique and colourful celebration of Moncton’s growing diversity. Come explore the World Village, where our many cultures showcase their traditions, music and dance, foods, arts and crafts, and so much more! Mosaïq vendors will offer mouth-watering foods from the four corners of the earth as well unique arts and crafts shopping opportunities. And you won’t want to miss out on the exciting multicultural entertainment line-up featuring talent from around the world and just around the corner.

ASHK at Sunfest!

Sunfest, Victoria Park, London, ON

ASHK is playing at Sunfest!! This amazing festival is put on for free by the Sunfest Committee, a London-Ontario based, non-profit community arts group whose prime mandate is to promote cross-cultural awareness and understanding of the arts across a range of disciplines, such as music, dance and the visual arts. The Sunfest Committee presents thoughtful, innovative global arts programming that commands a very committed following. It aspires to hold a mirror up to its community in order to reflect the diversity and vitality of London’s burgeoning multicultural population.

You can become a member:

Basic Membership $10 / Silver Membership $35 / Gold Membership $75.

visit www.sunfest.on.ca to find out more about the festival, membership and the amazing lineup!!

ASHK at Sunfest!

Sunfest, Victoria Park, London ON

ASHK is playing at Sunfest!! This amazing festival is put on for free by the Sunfest Committee, a London-Ontario based, non-profit community arts group whose prime mandate is to promote cross-cultural awareness and understanding of the arts across a range of disciplines, such as music, dance and the visual arts. The Sunfest Committee presents thoughtful, innovative global arts programming that commands a very committed following. It aspires to hold a mirror up to its community in order to reflect the diversity and vitality of London’s burgeoning multicultural population.

You can become a member:

Basic Membership $10 / Silver Membership $35 / Gold Membership $75.

visit www.sunfest.on.ca to find out more about the festival, membership and the amazing lineup!!

ASHK

Al Whittle Theatre, Main St. , Wolfville

ASHK will be returning to the Al Whittle Theatre to present world music in four-part harmony this FRIDAY June 23!

Tickets are $20 regular, $15 students/low-income. They are available at Box of Delights Bookshop in Wolfville, online from http://www.ASHK.ca/tickets or at the door (if still available). Doors open at 7:30.

ASHK is the Nasr sisters who have teamed up with world percussionist Ken Shorley to take the audience on an international tour. Ariana brings us to France, Eastern Europe and beyond, hearing the sounds of Edith Piaf, the Roma, and the Balkans. Sahara explores the music of India and Persia, sharing Sufi poetry of Rumi in her own compositions. Kamila brings us to Portugal through Fado, to Brazil with hip hop and treats us to original Afghan-Celtic fusion. The versatile Ken Shorley will transport us to the Middle East, South Asia and Turkey as he flows effortlessly among instruments and styles.

ASHK's performance is powerful as they sing most selections with three or four part harmonies and perform with an impressive array of both eastern and western instruments. This is a show not to miss.

ASHK - An evening of World Music

Denton Hall, Acadia University, Wolfville, NS

ASHK is the latest project from the Nasr sisters and Ken Shorley. Ariana, Sahara, and Kamila Nasr, together with Ken Shorley are Wolfville locals who have all devoted their lives to music. Their curiosity and passion have taken them all over the world. They have learned from great teachers in many countries, and they now perform music in multiple languages and styles, playing a variety of instruments. The name of the group, ASHK, means “love” in Turkish and “tear” in Persian.

The show takes us on an international tour as we follow Ariana to France, Eastern Europe and beyond, hearing the sounds of Edith Piaf, the Roma, Israel, and Russia. We will join Sahara as she explores the music of India and Pakistan, the Sufi poetry of Rumi and as she crafts her own blend by mixing these styles with English folk music. Kamila will bring us to Portugal through the Fado style, to Brazil with hip hop and treat us to Chinese pop and Afghan-Celtic fusion. The versatile Ken Shorley will transport us to the Middle East, South Asia and Turkey as he flows effortlessly among instruments and styles.

The joy of the musicians is contagious as they share with the audience and each other the experience of learning music around the world. It is both enriching and uplifting to be part of this journey with them. ASHK is re-uniting for one last show this year at Acadia University’s Denton Hall on October 22 at 8:00pm. Tickets are $20 or $10 for students or underwaged. They are available in advance at The Box of Delights in Wolfville and online at www.ashk.ca

Ariana, Sahara and Kamila Nasr with Ken Shorley

Al Whittle Theatre, Main St. , Wolfville, NS

Join us for an evening of World Music as we come together to share the music that most inspires us!

House Concert with Sahara Jane

Wolfville, NS

This intimate matinee concert with start at 3:00pm and tickets will be by donation. It is a fund raiser for the children of DARE Varanasi who have asked me to come and see them and teach them music at the end of March.

It is my last show in Nova Scotia as I am leaving soon for India.

I will also have my mobile shop, Sahara Jane Collections, set up at 2:00pm so people can purchase beautiful woolen and silk shawls and brass jewellery with part of the proceeds going to support DARE.

For more info, call 902 993 0558

Kirtan singing and chanting

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Bishop Hall, Hwy #1 , Greenwich, NS

Please join us for an evening of uplifting and heart-opening kirtan-style singing and chanting

with Sahara Jane, Ken Shorley, Heidi Kalyani and others!

gentle yoga from 7:15 - 7:45 with Jenn Boutilier

Wednesday Jan 27th 7:15pm - 9:15pm Bishop Hall, Hwy #1 Greenwich

donations welcome (to help cover hall rental)

Contemplative Concert with Sahara Jane, Ken Shorley and Heidi Kalyani

Manning Memorial Chapel, Acadia University, Wolfville, NS

A one-hour late-night meditative improvisation presented in the beautiful resonance of Acadia University's Manning Chapel. This concert will feature Sahara Nasr on voice and sarangi, Heidi Kalyani on drones and percussion, and Ken Shorley on hand drums and percussion. This second concert (in a series of three) will be inspired by a shared love and passion for Indian and Middle Eastern music.

relax - restore - revitalize

The musicians will be intentionally hidden from view, in order to create a more immersive listening experience. Please join us for a journey of musical exploration - close your eyes, listen and enjoy!

admission is by free will offering

Yoga Mantra Workshop with Jenn Boutilier and Sahara Jane

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Bishop Hall, 10032 Highway #1, Greenwich, NS

Join us for a weekend of yoga, meditation, chanting, and silent reflection.

If you can't join us for the whole weekend, choose a 2 hour workshop (or a few) that fits into your schedule. There are 6 workshops in total. Each workshop consists of a yoga class and a mantra. Each yoga class has a theme that reflects the meaning of the mantra. For example, Lokah Samastah Sukino Bhavantu means "May all beings be happy, May all beings be peaceful". The yoga class for that workshop will focus on heart openers and we will dedicate that practice to other people.

Throughout the weekend, we will not be chanting to any particular deities (with the exception of Aum Namah Shivaya, which Jenn was originally taught meant "I bow to the Divine teacher within and without"). We tried to choose mantras that people from all religious and spiritual backgrounds could feel comfortable chanting. Jenn will provide a booklet with the Sanskrit words and the English translations.

For those that are interested in chanting, but not so interested in yoga, there will be a Kirtan on Sunday from 3:30-4:30. All are welcome to attend.

There is something for EVERYONE! :)

With the exception of chanting (and the teachers' guidance), we will be observing silence for the duration of the weekend. Please be mindful of this when you enter the hall.

If you have any questions or you wish to register, please contact Jenn at jennergy2012@gmail.com

Aum Shanti Shanti Shanti

Sahara Jane with Blue Lotus Trio

Tea North, 2606 Agricola St., Halifax

Blue Lotus Trio Live in Concert & A Tea Tasting.

This world fusion ensemble will take you on a musical journey inspired by a passion for Indian music, Sufi poetry and Turkish rhythms.

Tea North will provide a selection of teas chosen especially for the evening and served throughout the concert.

Blue Lotus Trio is Sahara Jane Nasr (voice, sarangi, guitar, frame drum) Ken Shorley (tabla, darabuka, riq, frame drums, saz, voice) Heidi Kalyani (shruti box, tamboura, frame drum) www.bluelotustrio.com

Hosted at Tea North 2606 Agricola St. (inside FRED. Salon). http://www.teanorth.ca/ https://www.facebook.com/TeaNorth

Doors open at 7:30pm Concert will begin at 8:00pm

Tickets are available as of Wednesday November 4th. To purchase, pop into Tea North, 2606 Agricola St, or send an email to info@teanorth.ca and tell us you want a ticket, we will figure it out! :)

Advance $10, $12 at the door.