Materiality of Sound/João Renato Orecchia Zúñiga

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João Renato Orecchia Zúñiga is an artist and performer who makes things with sound. Through experimentation and improvisation Orecchia investigates the materiality of sound, seeking a balance between computer technology, hand-made electronics and real world sounds like the human voice, field recordings and traditional musical instruments.

He is in artists-in-residency program with Oddjoint at Goa.

Orecchia has released several recordings, been nominated for a South African Film & Television Award for sound design and published a sound work in the latest issue of the Leonardo Music Journal.

Sound Bending/ Travelogue/ Sameer Thakur

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It has a sharp tongue, over 1500 names and shapes, has been to space and can hide among house keys. It also chases away all thought and can compose the universe, amplified by/in your head.

Ancient traditional and shamanic practices consider its vibrations a hidden code to time travel.

And for our resident lotuseater and president-of-the-lying-down-society Sameer, it all started with a big twang!

About a decade ago, Sameer embarked on his own sound-bending journey while watching hundreds of dead people turn to ashes on the banks of the Ganga in Banaras while vaguely considering afterlife and (im) mortality. As company, he only had a mutt and a Morchung, the desi mouth harp picked up that day. The mutt stretched, yawned left at some point but the instrument became his thought-chasing magic machine/ friend /guide/starship enterprise that very bizarre night. They are inseparable ever since.

Along the way, this self-confessed-emperor-of-lazydom has taught himself the didgeridoo and a few other curious instruments acquired on travel trails. He has since connected many many friends and strangers to the Morchung. Many have confessed to not sleeping much the first night of the big twang. Simple and ancient sound-bending stuff are his thing.

This summer of 2016, Sameer Thakur was invited to share sounds of his Morchung in Yakutsk, Russia at, convincingly, the world’s largest festival celebrating the traditions of the mouth harp. Khomus, the traditional version of the mouth harp is the national instrument of the republic where people say “Siberia? Pffft. That’s behind and we’re beyond!” He felt a bit like a cultural kosmonot, so he joined an ensemble to play Indian style in museums and festivals in Moscow, Hungary and Sicily. With a few impromptu solo gigs in hostels, parks, permafrost and volcano trails thrown in.

Sameer will share images, sounds and thrills of traveling where few have been and the magic of carving ice, forging iron and sharing sound-bending and time-shifting vibes with some amazing sentient beings – humans, horses and mammoths included.

He will also seek friends on a crowd-sourced project mapping unknown facts and stories around this magical instrument across the planet. Talk less, harp more. This is his new thing.

Screening : Remembering Kurdi

rememberingkurdiSaumyananda Sahi, the director will present his 64-minute documentary film, ‘Remembering Kurdi’, produced by the Films Division of India.

The film tries to piece together fractured memories of a village that was submerged by the Salaulim Dam over three decades ago, but which resurfaces annually for a few weeks during the summer – allowing its prior inhabitants to return to perform rituals, visit the graves of their ancestors, have picnics in the ruins of their homes, and remember what is lost.

In chronicling the continuing importance of the places of our past, and in observing how people return even after being rehabilitated elsewhere, the film reflects on how memory is such an integral part of our sense of belonging, and how land can mean so much more than an entity to be bought and sold, or to be abandoned in the name of development.

Evening of Classical Guitar Music

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Veda Aggarwal is a classical guitarist with a merit in the Trinity College Grade 8 examination in 2005. Veda lives in Pune, India, and has been teaching and performing locally for several years. Her last collaborative work was adapting arias from Mozart’s Don Giovianni for classical guitar, in a unique online partnership with the American soprano Samantha Chardin. One of five national finalists for the Spanish Guitar Competition in 2009, Veda has received special training from classical guitarists Roger Zimmerman and GFA 2010 winner Johannes Moller.

We will be listening to Bach, Francisco Tarrega, Fernando Sor and Isaac Albeniz etc.

 

Live Gig : EP release of XSCT

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Ian de Noronha (Keyboards) and Vj Xavier (Guitar) will play their kind of music, experimental songs/pieces with harmonic progressions borrowed from Jazz and Funk music. Their influences are Chick Corea, Snarky Puppy, Cory Henry, Billy Joel, Dream Theatre, Sting, Freddy Mercury, Steve Perry and host of others. Neel Adhikari will open this set.

FOLK TALES: an evening of contemporary folk music

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FOLK TALES sings different folk and traditional music forms.In the age where the earthen sounds and tales of people are bogged down by the over use of heavy electronic gadgets, FOLK TALES decided to look back and stick on to their roots from where it all began. Duo Rajkumar Sengupta and Soumya Ghose will play some lyrically flowing groove, with Vishal Singh.

https://www.facebook.com/events/181916858816638/

 

Curtain Raiser: The 4th World Mouth Harp Festival of India

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‘Jew’s harp’ – the mouth harps are considered as one of the primitive instruments. Organisers of The World Mouth Harp Festival of India will introduce you to this amazing instrument. This festival brings mouth harpists from around the globe. In its 4th year, the festival will showcase many musical genres and performers – traditional and contemporary. Neptune, Sameer and other regulars of the fest will showcase some sound-bending magic at this special preview.

https://www.facebook.com/events/717749494993948/

 

Groove Investigations

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Jesse Charnow has played with Anoushka Shankar and was trained by Pt. Ravi Shankar. He and Pandu played in the band Jazmin. Bunny is a multi instrumentalist. Pandu likes music and want to be empty so that the magic can pass through him. He also got a Grammy. They will explore sounds and groove textures and songs.

Loud & Live: Saahil Kapoor & Ipshita Bali

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Singer song writer duo, Saahil Kapoor and Ipshita Bali from Chandigarh will sing some of their originals. Their songs are life centric. They say they are just vocals and acoustic guitar, so there are no masks, no room for hiding and thats the way they like it.

Live Baul by Anusheh Anadil

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Anusheh Anadil is a Bangladeshi musician, artist, cultural activist, mother and entrepreneur. Her love for the philosophy and music of Bauls and Fakirs of Bengal inspired her to choose this form of music.

She is highly influential in reintroducing the philosophies and folk culture of Bengal. Her songs make us question our core belief systems and remind us that no change is possible unless a revolution starts within ourselves first.

Anusheh runs her own crafts shop called JATRA in Dhaka. Jatra has been doing path-breaking work in developing local arts and crafts through a partnership between local artisans and designers using traditional methods and materials to make modern products. Jatra’s project to bring the stories, crafts, flora and fauna of Bangladesh to the forefront is especially admired.