Rupa & the April Fishes – Growing Upward (Electric Gumbo Radio Music 2019)
Rupa and the April Fishes create a “powerfully evocative” sound that pulsates with the pluralism of US culture, celebrating the art of resistance through a wide musical palette that pulls from over a decade of playing street parties, festivals and symphonic concerts through 29 countries with songs in 5 languages.
Under the direction of composer, front-woman, activist and physician Rupa, the band creates a live experience which is a manifestation of a world beyond nations, where the heart of humanity beats louder than anything that divides us. Their latest album, Growing Upward (2019), available digitally and with seed packets, has been called “a firecracker of a record” touching on issues of climate justice and belonging with lyrics that are “pure poetry”. The album features artwork by a longtime collaborator, the art-ivist and muralist, Mona Caron.
The band consists of drummer Aaron Kierbel, cellist Misha Khalikulov, trumpeter Mario Alberto Silva, electronics artist/duduk player JHNO, bassist Daniel Fabricant, violinist Matt Szemela and guitarist/vocalist Rupa.
NMR (photo: press Rupa & The April Fishes)