Decolonizing Sound: A Workshop With Sharmi Basu (Beast Nest)

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Women's Beat League & S1 Present:

Decolonizing Sound
In this workshop, we attempt to teach mindfulness, listening, resistance, and improvisation as sides of the same die. In this workshop we will introduce new ways of listening and playing with each other both in organizing settings and in performance settings. Most importantly, we will shed light on ways in which improvisation and playing music can help marginalized people reclaim and create new identities and languages despite the distortion of and violence upon our cultures, work, and genders that have historically oppressed us. Decolonizing sound can mean decolonizing our given languages into ones we create for ourselves. The workshop will also emphasize the importance of shared politics within musical communities and, further, the importance of solidarity through material resistance. What are the ways sound can be used to challenge capitalism, the police state, heteronormativity, racism, and gendered violence?

Artist Bio:
Sharmi Basu is a queer south asian woman of color creating experimental music as a means of decolonizing our musical language. She attempts to catalyze a political, yet ethereal aesthetic by combining her anti-colonial and anti-imperialist politics with a commitment to spirituality within the arts. Beast Nest, Sharmi's primary performing project, utilizes an unwavering depression and restrained horror to channel left-eyed spirits. While simultaneously clearing and entering, the sewage pipes of the body and the patriarchy congeal into watery soundscapes as a vehicle for achieving liberation through the darkest of fears. She is a MFA graduate from Mills College in Electronic Music and Recording Media and has worked with Fred Frith, Roscoe Mitchell, Chris Brown, George Lewis, Pauline Oliveros, John Bischoff, Maggi Payne, India Cooke, Nalini Ghuman, Bob Ostertag, Jesse Drew, and more.

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