Monday, May 12, 2008

Rupa & the April Fishes Tour Europe May 29th-June 15th

After being featured on the home page of YouTube and reaching #1 on the iTunes world music charts, the buzz on the San Francisco musical adventurers is reaching a fever pitch

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 US and Canada by storm and are now bringing their music to Europe 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.

Beginning May 29th Rupa & the April Fishes cross the Atlantic to bring their musical mélange to Europe’s hottest clubs and festivals. The band’s sold-out shows have earned renown for their circus-like atmosphere that channels a modern-day Moulin Rouge. Their informal, acoustic lineup includes Rupa on guitar and vocals backed by upright bass, cello, accordion or bandoneon, percussion and trumpet.

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.”

After completing their European tour, Rupa & the April Fishes will return to North America for high profile shows at New York’s Central Park SummerStage, the Montreal Jazzfest and the San Francisco Outsidelands Festival, among others. For current tour dates and updates on the latest news visit

Tour Dates
May 29 Satellit Café Paris, France
May 31 Kulturarena Berlin, Germany

Jun 5 Sidecar Barcelona, Spain

Jun 6 Colonial Norte Madrid, Spain
Jun 10 Momo London, England
June 11 Alte Feuerwache Mannheim, Germany

Jun 13 Clandestino Festival Göteberg, Sweden

Jun 14 30 CC Leuven, Belgium

Jun 15 Amsterdam Roots Amsterdam, Netherlands
June 15 Live for Life Festival Arnhem, the Netherlands

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