sings what are known as ghazals
, Indian poems and songs. She adds her own touch, however, and composes some of her own pieces as well. She performed on Friday, January 24, at the Clifton Center, with a band that included her husband, jazz guitarist Rez Abassi
, accordion player Will Holshouser
, and a tabla player, Nitin Mitta. Ahluwalia’s voice swooped and soared, and she used her hands and arms expressively, adding emphasis to the emotional delivery. Abassi’s playing in the context of his wife’s singing was less jazz oriented, as befitted the music. Her final piece was introduced with a long tabla solo. More next month on Abassi’s new album.