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Out of the Woods: Samita Sinha

  • Nublu 151 Avenue C New York, NY, 10009 United States (map)

$15 Advance | $20 Door | 7pm Doors | 8pm Music | 9-10pm Jam Session

Samita Sinha performs a new vocal piece that moves through parallel tonalities within experimental music and North Indian classical music to investigate cultural inheritance and female embodiment.

Women’s Raga Massive presents their third annual March festival: Out of the Woods, featuring female-led ensembles in celebration of Women’s History Month 2019 (3/7, 3/14, 3/21, & 3/29). This year’s iteration of the festival reflects on the subtle and violent, the named and often invisible currents that are at play with the role of gender in music within the South Asian musical world. The narratives are multiple, alternating between ecstatic song and lament. Out of the Woods seeks to create a creative clearing in which these stories can be freely told. The festival will rotate through some of New York’s iconic venues, starting at Nublu, The Jazz Gallery, Joe’s Pub and culminating at the Rubin Museum. Traditional, experimental and multidisciplinary performances by Samita Sinha (voice), Saraswathi Ranganathan (veena), Malini Srinivasan (dance), Haleh Liza Gafori (poetry), Roshni Samlal (tabla), Rajna Swaminathan (mrudangam), Deepal Sanghavi (santoor), Roopa Mahadevan (voice) and several others from the Women's Raga Massive collective. They are also co-hosting a series of musical-art dialogues, a panel discussion and "long table" gathering at The Rubin Museum of Art focusing on power and gender in South Asian performing arts communities.

Samita Sinha- voice and electronics

Samita Sinha combines tradition and experiment to compose vocal performance works that investigate cultural inheritance and the experience of being a body in the world. Works include This Ember State (2018, commissioned by Asia Society), Bewilderment and Other Queer Lions (2016, commissioned by Performance Space 122 and Invisible Dog Art Center for COIL Festival) and Cipher (2014-15), a solo work that toured nationally. She has composed and performed original scores for dance and theater works by Dean Moss, Fiona Templeton, and Preeti Vasudevan, vocal directed for Daria Fain and Robert Kocik, and performed with Sekou Sundiata and Robert Ashley. Sinha teaches voice extensively, including at the Rubin Museum of Art, Centro Nacional de las Artes (Mexico City), Swarthmore College and Womankind (formerly New York Asian Women's Center).

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