Where: National Sawdust
80 N. 6th St.
646-779-8455 Price: $20
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Composer and vocal artist Samita Sinha has been engaged in a long-term inquiry of the voice and the relationship between inside and outside, from internal to external. Anonymous Light, Sinha’s newest work, continues a musical exploration from her earlier work This ember state, by moving into empty interior space and pure sound.
Working with vibrations of khayaal (a form of North Indian classical music that means “imagination”) as vessels, in duet with longtime collaborator artist/guitarist Grey Mcmurray, Sinha listens to what came before her—resonances of ordinary and extraordinary moments in innumerable lives—to animate shapes that flower and disappear, in elastic cycles of will and surrender in herself and with Mcmurray.
Sinha unravels the tradition of khayaal into fundamental elements of body and listening, pulse and flow, utterance, tone and shape, from which she and Mcmurray sculpt sonic experience in the setting of National Sawdust.
Anonymous Light is a continuation of This ember state, commissioned and presented by Asia Society in April 2018 as part of Creative Common Ground initiative.
Creative Common Ground is an initiative that expands contemporary performance practice by commissioning, producing, and presenting artists who explore beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries. The initiative is supported by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Anonymous Light is presented in partnership with National Sawdust.Buy tickets/get more info now