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Arts & Culture

Hindugrass: Merging Indian And Appalachian Folk Music

Hindugrass
Will Michaels
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WUNC
From left to right: Libby King Macfarlane of HeartMind International, Katie Wyatt, Frank Stasio, Laura Thomas, Ed Butler, Chris Johnson, and John Heitzenrater

Hindugrass is a collective music project that has been around for 17 years. 

The Durham-based band can be anything from a quartet to an octet in live performances and the band describes its sound as "Indo-Appalachian fusion." It's a mixture of classical Indian sounds and Appalachian folk.

Host Frank Stasio discusses what that means with five members of Hindugrass: John Heitzenrater on the sarod, Laura Thomas on the violin,  Katie Wyatt on the viola, Chris Johnson on the tabla, and Ed Butler on percussion.

Hindugrass plays Saturday at 7 p.m. at Motorco in Durham to benefit the group HeartMind International. They plan to release a new album this summer. 

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