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Sunny Jain’s Wild Wild East

August 16

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Photo by Ebru Yildiz

Fisher Center, Spiegeltent,
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“Sunny Jain is the Hendrix of dhol.”—Manchester Salon (UK)

Sunny Jain’s Wild Wild East (released on Smithsonian Folkways in 2020) encompasses myriad facets of Jain’s identity both as a first-generation South Asian-American and as a global musician, from his own family’s immigration story to his eclectic musical upbringing. In recasting the immigrant—steeped in the courage to leave a familiar homeland for a new beginning—as the modern-day cowboy and cowgirl, Jain sources musical inspiration from the scores of Bollywood classics and Spaghetti Westerns, Punjabi folk traditions, jazz improvisation, and rollicking psychedelic styles.


Sunny Jain drumset, dhol
Allison Shearer saxophones, flute
Shubh Saran guitar
Almog Sharvit bass
Ben Parag vocals


Wild Wild East



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