Trina Basu (violin)
Anjna Swaminathan (violin)
Camila Celin (guitar, sarod)
Tali Rubinstein (recorder)
Amali Premawardhana (cello)
Roshni Samlal (tabla)
Lauren Crump (percussion)
Roopa Mahadevan (voice)
Priya Darshini (voice)
Pyeng Threadgill (voice)
Haleh Gafori (voice)
Featured Women’s Organization: Ms. Foundation
Women’s Raga Massive presents a Round Robin, bringing together 12 women who will perform a series of spontaneous, improvised duets. The group will then break into larger ensembles and present original works, each led by a different member of the collective. Tabla sculpture installations by Seema Lisa Pandya will be on display.
WRM is primarily concerned with exploring and making visible the diverse creative work of female-identified artists in a musical world where those voices are a minority. WRM seeks to create a platform for minority artists to engage in primarily musical conversations that are referential to Indian classical music and what it means to be a female artist in contemporary America.
Learn more about: https://forwomen.org/
Alif Laila – sitar
Ehren Hason – tabla
Alif Laila is an accomplished sitarist from Dhaka, Bangladesh, disciple of late Ustad Mir Qasem Khan, nephew of Ustad Alauddin Khan. She continued under the tutelage of Partha Chatterjee, Krishna Bhatt and Kushal Das. She has performed all over the world at various prestigious venues. She will be joined by prime disciple of Pandit Anindo Chatterjee and founder of Anindo Chatterjee School of Tabla, Ehren Hanson.
Set 1 | Yalini Dream
w/ special guests: Jendog Lonewolf, Varuni Tiruchelvam & reg e. gaines
Set 2 | Aikyam
Ganavya Doraiswamy (vocals)
Sharik Hasan (piano)
Rajna Swaminathan (mrudangam)
Max Ridley (bass)
w/ special guests Trina Basu & Arun Ramamurthy (violins)
Featured Women’s Organization: Women’s World Banking
llankai Tamil Blood, Manchester Born, Texas bred and Brooklyn brewed, YaliniDream conjures spirit through her unique blend of poetry, theater, song, and dance– reshaping reality and seeking peace through justice in the lands of earth, psyche, soul, and dream. As a part of Hip Hop duo Brooklyn DreamWolf, YaliniDream and her partner in art & love Jendog Lonewolf have shared stages with icons such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Harry Belafonte, Joan Baez, and Rah Digga. YaliniDream’s special guests will include her partner– lyrically stout Hip Hop MC Jendog Lonewolf, improvisational cellist Varuni Tiruchelvam, and Tony/ Grammy nominated reg e. gaines of Bring in Da Noise, Bring in da Funk.
Ganavya Doraiswamy’s Aikyam
Aikyam is a word-concept in the Indian languages of Sanskrit and Tamil that draws from many things such as: harmony, consolidation into a oneness, identity, and union. In this project, accomplished vocalist Ganavya collaborates with band mates to tell the story of her own consolidation of selves, and draws from her diverse training in the Indian arts to create a quilt made of jazz, abhang-s, Karnatik music, and bharatanatyam, presented in Tamil, English, and Marathi. The philosophical struggles of 13th century poet-activists is pinned next to the issues of today, in the hopes of interrogating the resilience of oppression, and to highlight the similarities of cultural arcs.
Roshni Samlal – tabla
Abhik Mukherjee – sitar
Kane Mathis – oud/kora/electronics
Karl Clinton- Electronics
Brinda Guha – dance
Emily Mcloughlin – dance
Bleue Liverpool – live visuals
Roshni Samlal’s “Drum Rites: old forms|new encounters” seeks to create an interdisciplinary performance flow that is a series of new contexts for traditional tabla repertoire, through collaboration, relative to abstract sonic landscapes, poetry, visuals and dance. The evening will commence with a traditionally presented tabla solo, using kalimba loops and acoustic cello. She will also present newly composed material (for kora, oud and tabla) from her collaboration with composer, Kane Mathis project “Orakel.”
Roshni will also present two collaborative dance projects featuring dancers/choreographers, Brinda Guha and Emily Mcloughlin, the first, exploring the percussive interaction between kathak and tabla, the 2nd, a sonic, textual and moving meditation on bloodlines, life source, karma and fate.