The annual FERUS Festival is a showcase of untamed voices. The world’s most innovative artists perform their newest work: in music, multimedia, and beyond.
To kick off this year’s FERUS Festival, the British-Bengali vocalist/composer Bishi premieres “The Good Immigrant,” a song cycle for voice looper, sitar, and electronics, co-produced with composer and sound designer Jeff Cook.
A revolutionary artist who plays the sitar like the electric guitar, Bishi brings her colorful multicultural background to her work. Inspired by the eponymous collection of UK essays about race and identity, edited by Nikesh Shukla, “The Good Immigrant” is a powerful exploration of issues that have defined Bishi’s own life—identity, questioning cultural belonging, and exploring the dichotomy of being caught between worlds, as an alienating yet energizing space.
photo credit: Zuzanna Butkiewicz
Bishi’s residency is supported in part by the Virginia B. Toulmin foundation.