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Austin's Eastern Soul Songstress Nagavalli Reveals Special Guests For Cactus Cafe Performance This Friday

Austin's Eastern Soul Songstress Nagavalli Reveals Special Guests For Cactus Cafe Performance This Friday

Eastern Soul songstress Nagavalliannounces details on her special performance at Cactus Cafe (2247 Guadalupe St., Austin, Texas) on June 21. Doors for the show open at 8 p.m.with Barbara Nesbitt opening the night at 8:30 p.m., followed by Nagavalli at 9 p.m., who will also bring out Robert Riggio from Atash to play violin.

Austinites are invited to experience Nagavalli's mesmerizing vocals and unique east-west fusion, including tracks from her album "Immersion" which released Jan. 18, 2019. Tickets for the show are $18 in advance and $22 at the door. To purchase tickets, please go here. For information about Nagavalli, please see

"This is my first concert in Austin after the 'Immersion' album release at the One World Theatre earlier this year," said Nagavalli. "I was overwhelmed and in such gratitude for the love and support I got for the album release. Cactus Cafe is a great listening room and I can't wait to perform for my hometown audiences again!"

Nagavalli's music, described as "Eastern soul with delicate touches of pop, rock, trance and pure Eastern tradition," blends Western melodies and instruments with traditional Eastern overtones, vocals, sitar and percussion. The result is executed with such power and emotion that Valli's music is unique, yet familiar and it often results in the listener achieving a state of meditative tranquility. See here to watch Nagavalli's live performance from her One World Theatre album release show earlier this year.

Those interested in Valli's sound can also catch her performing later this year at yoga and Kirtan music festivals in other parts of the United States. She will have sets at Prasada Festival in Occidental, CA, July 27-28, and Beloved Festival in Tidewater, OR, Aug. 9-10. More details on these events are to be announced.

Nagavalli's latest album "Immersion" is a back-to-roots journey, channeling the spiritual and devotional quality of traditional Indian music. As the title of the record suggests, it is meant to have an immersive, meditative quality that is only enhanced by a continuous format, as each song seamlessly transition together. However, listeners still have the ability to skip between tracks.

"I composed the melodies on the album," said Nagavalli. "The album was recorded as one continuous piece of music, even as it strings several different Shlokas/Sanskrit chants and Bhajans (devotional songs) together using, primarily, instrumental interludes. The album also brings together western instruments such as keys, synth and pedal steel with traditional Indian vocals, sitar and percussion instruments."

The new album presents music from the rich spiritual and devotional music tradition of India. Songs on the record feature lyrics from ancient Sanskrit chants and writings by ancient saints such as Sant Kabir (1440-1518: Kabir was an Indian mystic poet and saint whose writings influenced Hinduism's Bhakti movement and his verses are found in Sikhism's scripture Guru Granth Sahib) and Meera Bai (1498 - 1546: Meera Bai was a Hindu mystic poet of the Bhakti movement, born into a Rajput royal family in India; legends about Meera mention her fearless disregard for social and family conventions, her devotion to Lord Krishna, her treating Krishna as her husband and her persecution by her in-laws for her religious devotion).

"Often, contemporary Eastern soul fuses to secular, English-language lyrics, Latin rock, and pop; but Nagavalli eschews the Austin dialect for her native tongue, emoting full-throated and singularly driven by melody," said The Austin Chronicle.

"Immersion" was recorded at Austin Signal by Jon Niess and Don Harvey,with Harvey co-producing the album with Nagavalli. The album was mixed and mastered by California-based award-winning producer/engineer, Ben Leinbach. The record features a variety of musicians who take on an eclectic arrangement of instruments. These musicians include Indrajit Banerjee on sitar, Stefano Intelisano on keys and synth, Gary Newcomb on pedal steel, Jason McKenzie on percussion, Chris McQueen (Snarky Puppy) on bass, Shiv Naimpally creating a tabla loop, and for the finishing touches, Don Harvey added in cymbals with Jon Niess working up beautiful drones and Ben Leinbach adding temple bells and effects as well.

East and West co-mingle harmoniously in Indian-American, Austin-based musician, Nagavalli. Nagavalli's music, described as "Eastern Soul", blends east-Indian soul with delicate touches of pop, rock, trance and pure eastern tradition. Nagavalli's repertoire ranges from her original songs in English to East-Indian and Sufi spirituals, creating sounds both unique, yet familiar, which often results in the listener achieving a state of meditative tranquility. "Nagavalli's voice and spirit give me the depth of experience I long for in music and rarely reach," says Eliza Gilkyson, renowned Austin-based folk musician. Nagavalli grew up in Mumbai, India, bringing the rich, soulful music of her home to Austin, Texas where she has worked with musicians from a variety of genres such as Latin, American rock and jazz to middle-eastern, Indian classical and folk music. Named one of the Top 10 Female Vocalists and World Music artists at the 2015-2016 Austin Music Awards, Nagavalli has become a staple in Austin music circles, recording and performing with such artists and bands as Oliver Rajamani, Atash, Govinda and Ginger Leigh. Nagavalli embarks on her next musical journey with her album "Immersion," a back-to-roots journey that was composed as one continuous piece of music, with lyrics from ancient Sanskrit chants and the writings of such ancient saints as Sant Kabir and Meera Bai. For more information please see

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