Sunday Jan 23rd 2011 @Pyramid Atlantic
Samita Sinha, Bonnie Jones, Mary Kavalauskas, Janel Leppin
Samita Sinha is an artist and vocalist/ composer based in New York. She combines tradition with experiment to create new forms, drawing from a deep grounding in North Indian classical music, a contemporary vocabulary, folk and ritual music, and songs and texts in several languages. Her work reconfigures given inheritances, and combines raw, visceral energy with knowledge garnered from classical tradition. As a composer/ performer and improviser, Sinha uses her voice as her primary instrument, along with tanpura and analog and digital electronics. She has performed her solo and ensemble work at PS 1, Roulette, Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts, Blue Note, and Issue Project Room, at universities such as UC Berkeley, NYU, Macalaster College, and St. Olaf, as well as abroad in India and the Middle East. Sinha also performs with ANATOMY, a duo Hindustani/ jazz groove-heavy electronic music project with Marc Cary, and uses her voice as an improvising instrument in jazz ensembles including Marc Cary’s FOCUS and Sunny Jain Collective. She has received awards from NYSCA and Urban Artists Initiative to create and compose new works, from Queens Council on the Arts for community music work, and from the Fulbright Foundation to study Hindustani music in India.
Bonnie Jones is a Korean-American writer, sound artist, and performer working primarily with electronic music and text. Born in 1977 in South Korea she was raised by dairy farmers in New Jersey, and currently resides in Baltimore, MD. Bonnie creates improvised and composed text-sound performances that explore the fluidity and function of electronic noise (field recordings, circuit bending) and text (poetry, found, spoken). She is interested in how people perceive, “read” and interact with these sounds and texts given our current technological moment. Bonnie has presented her work in the US, Europe, and Asia and collaborates frequently with writers and musicians including Ric Royer, Carla Harryman, Andy Hayleck, Joe Foster, Andrea Neumann, and Chris Cogburn. She is currently an MFA candidate at the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College.
Janel's work in music spans versatile genres and styles with her instrument, the cello. Having spent time in India and Europe studying North Indian classical music she slowly grew away from her western classical studies of over twenty-two years to embrace other traditions. Janel was asked during college to join the Chakavak Ensemble, a Persian Classical group and has played with them for the past eight years She then toured as a vocalist and cellist performing in hundreds of stone and wooden churches across the US and Europe with classical vocalist and pianist Tajci. After five years of touring, she left her migratory lifestyle to develop a musical partnership with the guitarist Anthony Pirog. Their duo, Janel and Anthony have recorded their second record and are preparing for a third presently. She then went to play in the music scene in New York City and Brooklyn for a year and a half and soon Kyp Malone, guitarist and vocalist for TV on the Radio, invited her to tour Europe playing psychedelic music. Upon the night of their final concert after a three week tour, volcano Eyjafjallajokull blew up in Iceland. While traveling by plane across the Atlantic after the explosion she wrote works for her large ensemble, the Janel Leppin Group that seemed to just appear in her mind while returning home. Pairing all of these traditions with her sensitive style in improvisation she continues developing her work with her instrument. Sometimes using electronics to enrich her sound she has been invited to several festivals including High Zero in Baltimore in 2008 and for several years at the Sonic Circuits Festival. In the late summer of 2010 Janel joined in a duo with legendary pedal steelist, Susan Alcorn. They are releasing an album of improvisations which includes a seven part work from the mystical composer, Eyvind Kang.
A native of Maryland, Mary Kavalauskas has performed with numerous opera, gypsy jazz, and musical theater projects. She studied opera singing at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and performed and studied opera and classical art song in Italy and Austria. She is especially interested in combining early 20th century song styles with electronic music.
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