Show DescriptionComposer and vocal artist Samita Sinha creates bold new forms, drawing from a deep grounding in North Indian classical music, contemporary jazz and electronics, folk/ritual music, and songs and texts in multiple languages.
In this evening at Joe's Pub, Sinha, joined by sound artist/engineer Dave Sharma, will perform a series of songs that bring together the subtlety and precision of Indian classical vocal music with a raw and visceral exploration of voice and emotion to create an otherworldly sonic landscape. The program will merge Sinha’s “band of boxes”—rough-hewn analog/digital electronic tabla (drum) and tanpura (drone) from India—with her practice of body-sound—a way of singing that unites voice, language, gesture and space.
Sinha led the Indo-jazz collective Kaash, and collaborated with composer/pianist Marc Cary in two ensembles—FOCUS Trio and Anatomy—appearing with these groups at major venues including The Blue Note, Joe’s Pub, BAM Cafe, The Kitchen, Charlie Parker Jazz Festival and Monterey Jazz Festival. Her solo projects have been presented at Center for Performance Research, Chocolate Factory, Issue Project Room, Roulette and The Stone (NYC); at Watermill Center (NY), Kelly-Strayhorn Theater (PA), Macalaster College (MN), and UC Berkeley; and in Delhi and Assam, India.
"Samita's work is both an embrace and an argument with the past. Its effect is to create an up-to-the-minute aesthetic that reflects that transnational, planetary, technologically sophisticated culture of the 21st century. She is a citizen of the world." -Sekou Sundiata
"'Unique' has generally come to mean 'slightly out of the ordinary,' but Samita Sinha's voice warrants the true meaning of the hackneyed accolade... mesmerizing." -Time Out