Using voice and percussion, Samita Sinha and Brian Chase respond to the sounds of the museum, sculpting a space for listening within the cavernous skylight atrium.
As part of Queens International 2016
Samita Sinha is a vocal artist and composer who combines tradition and experiment to create new forms of music and performance. Her work combines visceral energy with a deep grounding in North Indian classical music, and investigates the relationship of self and other through voice, body, space, and vibration. She studied Post-Colonial Literature and Cultural Criticism at Yale, and received her MFA from Bard College (2010). Her most recent work, bewilderment and other queer lions, featuring Sunny Jain and Grey Mcmurray, was commissioned by Performance Space 122 and premiered at COIL Festival 2016 at Invisible Dog Art Center. Her solo performance CIPHER appeared at The Kitchen, Wexner Center for the Arts, Portland Institute of Contemporary Arts, REDCAT, and Virginia Tech (2014-15). Sinha performs regularly with Tongues in Trees, a “uniquely-aligned trio” (NPR) with Jain and Mcmurray. She has composed/ performed for Dean Moss (upcoming), Fiona Templeton, Preeti Vasudevan, and Daria Fain & Robert Kocik, toured internationally with Sekou Sundiata, and performed with Robert Ashley.
Brian Chase is a drummer and composer living in Brooklyn. His diverse range of work/play includes that with rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the community of the New York experimental scene, and Drums & Drones, an electroacoustic project focusing on the application of just intonation to drums and percussion. Performances have taken him across the world, such as those from the Sydney Opera House (w/ Nick Zinner’s 41 Strings and w/ Karen O’s Stop the Virgens) to the UK’s Reading and Leeds Festivals (w/ Yeah Yeah Yeahs) to Toronto’s X Avant Festival (w/ Drums and Drones), and across NYC to such notable venues as The Stone, Pioneer Works, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Recorded works include several with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, three of which were nominated for a Grammy; the debut Drums and Drones album released on the Pogus Productions label featuring videos by artists Ursula Scherrer and Erik Zajaceskowski; and albums each with guitarist Alan Licht, clarinetist Jeremiah Cymerman, pianist Thollem McDonas, and saxophonist Seth Misterka. Other recordings of note include those with Kid Millions’s Man Forever, Karlie Bruce, Jeremiah Lockwood’s Sway Machinery, and The Seconds. Brian’s principle drum teacher is Susie Ibarra, as well as having studied with Greg Bandy and Michael Rosen at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio.
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