Rup Sidhu is an interdisciplinary artist, musician, producer and composer. Specializing in vocal percussion and live looping, his sound blends the rhythms of poetry and spoken word with a dynamic range of cultural hybridity. Inspired by folk and classical forms of music from around the world, his musical expressions range from groove oriented hip hop beats, to contemporary fusions of classical ragas; scores for the National Film Board of Canada and remixes of vintage bollywood tunes, to experimental compositions for dance and theatre productions. Rup has facilitated and taught musical programs in universities, public schools, youth prisons, and communities throughout Canada, USA, UK, and India. Rup has produced fourteen albums with emerging artists, including American Pie, Shane Koyzan’s debut release. Current collaborative projects include: Aluma Sound, Blue God and the Serpents, Jhalaak, Ruby Singh and Metaphor. Rup’s solo live looping show, RupLoops, has toured more than 500 shows across Canada.
Rup has shared stages with and performed alongside Fred Penner, Raffi, Chugge Khan, Rajasthan Josh, Tanya Tagaq, Shane Koyzan, Delhi2Dublin, Michael Franti, and Jeet Thayil. Performance highlights include the Jaipur Literarature Festival (Jaipur, India), Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Vancouver International Children’s Festival, Aga Khan Museum (Toronto, Canada), World Body Percussion Festival (Toronto, Canada), Globalqurque (New Mexico, USA), Indian Summer Festival (Vancouver, Canada), Mehndi, Masala, Musti (Toronto, Canada), Stern Grove Festival (San Francisco, USA), Shambhala Music Festival (Canada), Vancouver International Children’s Festival, Vancouver International Storytelling Festival, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, New Forms Festival (Vancouver, Canada), Oregon Country Fair (Eugene, USA), Fete de la Musique (Berlin, Germany), Fusion Festival (Berlin, Germany).
RUPLOOPS: THE HUMAN RADIO
For almost a century we have been tuning into radios to be informed and entertained. RupLoops’ new show, The Human Radio, will take you on a journey of sound exploring anatomy, geography and culture. Let’s investigate the brilliant design of our auditory and aural systems that allow us to create and listen to music. Through body percussion and beatboxing, Rup demonstrates and teaches how the human form is indeed a musical instrument. With a mix of hip-hop, blues and bhangra, The Human Radio tunes into themes of home, identity, culture, justice, dignity and celebration.
Show length: 45 minutes
Age suitability: All ages
Raise your V.O.I.C.E. Workshops or Artist-in-Residency
(Vocalize Our Inner Creative Expressions)
In this engaging workshop, participants will explore vocal percussion, the art of live looping and song writing to co-create original music that utilizes the voice of each participant. Live looping is a new way to create music; it is the live recording, layering and playback of music created in real time using loop station technology. Rup will teach the basics of beat boxing as well as Indian vocal percussion to give the workshop participants an understanding of what he likes to call the “tongue drum!” The group will create improvised and spontaneous compositions where listening to each other and utilizing each other’s skills is the key. Then participants will be taken through writing exercises to create original lyrics around what they care about in the world, all ending in a brand new song that is ready to be performed or recorded.
Workshops can be customized to be any length and for a day or multiple days in schools or for community events.
“RupLoops delights, entertains and draws his audience in...outstanding! His shows are fabulous!"
- Vancouver International Children's Festival
"RupLoops is a dynamic, high energy performance that engages students from the opening beats until the end. The diverse and creative blends of techno, rap, hip-hop and south asian sounds captivated the audience.Definitely a must see performance!”
—Tom Makavsley, Principal, Prince George BC
”We brought RupLoops to our community to develop an experiential arts program geared to youth dealing with difficult circumstances and situations including race, poverty and drug use. Rup assisted us in developing the program plans, provided input and dialogue so that we could get the program into the high school. Both the students and teachers loved the opportunity to experiment and explore live-looping with music. Rup's live show was uplifting and his workshops were outstanding. He's professional, easy-going and easy to recommend!”
—Venta Rutkauskas, Williams Lake Arts Council
“Our students thoroughly enjoyed the performance by RupLoops. It was highly interactive, the kids were engaged, they loved participating and learning how to beatbox. It was heartwarming to watch a group of students and a teacher come up on stage and show off for their peers. I highly recommend RupLoops!”
—Sharon McKay, Vice Principal, Port Coquitlam BC
“This was more than just a performance. Rup integrated technology, culture, emotion, creativity and even some music theory into an experience where all audience members were fully engaged. Bravo!”
—Sharon Hoffinger, Teacher, Surrey BC