Rafiq Bhatia

Rafiq Bhatia

Artist’s Bio

Rafiq Bhatia

USA
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Rafiq Bhatia is a composer, producer, and guitarist who moves fluidly between jazz and rock groups, Indian and American musical influences, and acoustic and electronic sounds. Early influences such as Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, and Madlib—as well as mentors and collaborators including Vijay Iyer and Billy Hart—have prompted him to see music as a way to actively shape and represent his own identity. The first-generation American son of Muslim immigrant parents who trace their ancestry to India by way of East Africa, Bhatia often looks to his family’s labyrinthine history for inspiration, an influence felt on his second album, Breaking English, released on ANTI- Records in 2018. Bhatia is also a member of the band Son Lux.

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