Toronto is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, and that adds a uniqueness that’s reflected in our neighbourhoods, our restaurants, our festivals and, of course, our music.

There’s perhaps no greater evidence of that musical diversity than in Avataar. The Juno-winning ensemble is a world-class jazz fusion group with a sound that’s informed by Keith Jarrett, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Robert Glasper, Shakti and a whole lot of other influences in between.

Bandleader Sundar Viswanathan joined us to talk more about what makes this unique group what it is.