Mar 30


Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Petal' is world-jazz ensemble AVATAAR's debut release; cleverly layered and cinematic in scope, the innovative, original music drives and swirls through a vast sonic palette.

Event Details

  • 6:30PM
  • 7:30PM
  • 20$ advance / 25$ at door
  • Self-Presented by Artist
  • Dinner reservations guarantee seating.

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A recipient of the 2016 Toronto Jazz Festival 'Special Projects Initiative' award, AVATAAR is led by multiple JUNO-nominated jazz saxophonist, vocalist and composer Sundar Viswanathan.  After 7 years of workshopping the band's sound and music, 'Petal' is AVATAAR's long anticipated debut release.

The music is questing in nature - the concepts of impermanence and universal consciousness feature in many of the compositions, as do first-rate musical interpretations and improvisations by the band's members. The music marries Hindustani raag and taal, hardbop jazz, Brazilian lyricism, electronica, atmospheric textures and ambiance, Javanese gamelan, and contemporary improvisation. The resulting confluence is a mesmerizing blend of rhythmic hypnotism, sonic landscapes and soaring melody that marries ancient and modern musical sounds.

Dinner Menu

Lula's culinary team has created a distinctive menu that like Lula itself, is decidedly international with a Latin soul that shines through in everything we do. Check out Lula's new tropical fusion menu.


Enjoy dinner before the show!

Dinner reservations guarantee seating and a great start to the evening.

On weekdays, Lula offers a three course, tropical fusion prix fixe dinner that includes choice of appetizer, main course, and dessert for just $35. Prefer to dine tapas style? There is also an option to choose three appetizers and one dessert for the same price. On most evening the same menu is also available on an a la carte basis. Items range from $8 to $26. Admission to the show is additional.


Avataar includes Felicity Williams (voice), Ravi Naimpally (tabla), Michael Occhipinti (guitar), Justin Gray (bass) and Max Senitt (drums). The group has appeared at the Markham Jazz Festival, Small World Festival, the Sudbury Jazz Festival, the Brampton Jazz Festival, and several other venues and represents a cross-section of some of Canada's finest World, Jazz and Pop artists.

The album was created in part through the kind support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. Avataar also thanks the Toronto Jazz Festival for support toward tonight's CD release, and Lula Lounge for their ongoing commitment to live music and for their support of the CD launch.

Supported By: Toronto Jazz Festival (Avataar is recipient of the 2016 Special Projects Initiative award).

CD recording support from: Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts.

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