Rupa and the April Fishes

Rupa and the April Fishes
Rupa and the April Fishes (Lars Howlett)

Rupa Marya, who grew up in Los Altos, California with extended stays in India and France, has been performing as a folksinger for years, and she currently splits her time between performing and serving as a physician resident at UCSF. After pulling together the band last spring, Rupa and the April Fishes have performed in San Francisco at The Independent, and at The Fillmore with Michael Franti, in addition to many other local venues and events. The band includes cellist Ed Baskerville, drummer Aaron Kierbel, tango accordionist Adrian Jost, bassist Eric Perney, and trumpeter Marcus Cohen. Songs like “c’est pas d’l’amour” and “pecheuse” showcase a sultry, lilting sound which mixes folk with French lyrics. Marya started writing in French after 9/11 and Bush’s re-election. After her father’s death and her marriage, Marya gave herself the task of writing 10 love songs in French. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Rupa and the April Fishes’ debut CD of original work, including songs written in French, English, Spanish and Hindi is named “Extraordinary Rendition,” in partial reference to the U.S. extra-judicial procedure by which captive individuals are sent to other countries for imprisonment and interrogation. The album will be released Jan. 13 at The Independent, where muralist Mona Caron, who created artwork for the CD, will be painting live on stage during the show.

Update: A glance at the CD release party.

More Information:
RupaMarya.com
The Independent, Jan. 2007
Rupa and the April Fishes MySpace page

January 11, 2007
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