Asia Society and National Sawdust present:
Samita Sinha & Grey Mcmurray
6:30pm doors • 7:30pm show
In solo work and through interdisciplinary, improvisatory collaborations — presented at venues like the Rubin Museum, the Kitchen, Asia Society, and Danspace — composer and vocal artist Samita Sinha has been engaged in a long-term inquiry of the voice and the relationship between inside and outside, from body to world. In Anonymous Light, her newest work, she repurposes khayaal, a form of North Indian classical singing that means “imagination”, to continue this exploration.
Joined by guitarist and singer Grey Mcmurray, Sinha unravels the tradition of khayaal into fundamental elements of body and listening, pulse and flow, utterance, tone and shape, from which she and Mcmurray sculpt a meditative, transformative sonic experience for voice and guitar. Responding to what came before them — resonances of ordinary and extraordinary moments in innumerable lives — they animate shapes that flower and disappear. This new work continues the exploration Sinha started with This ember state, commissioned and presented by Asia Society in April 2018 as part of the Creative Common Ground initiative.
Composer and vocal artist Samita Sinha combines experimentation and visceral energy with a deep grounding in North Indian classical music, embodied practices, and folk and ritual music in several languages to create new forms of sound, performance, and collaboration, and a language of voice and body that is abstract and expressive. Her work has been commissioned by Asia Society, Performance Space 122 and Invisible Dog Art Center, the Rubin Museum, and Gibney and presented at the Kitchen, Wexner Center for the Arts, Danspace, National Sawdust, and PICA, among others. She has collaborated as composer and/or performer with Fiona Templeton, Sekou Sundiata, Dean Moss, Daria Fain and Robert Kocik, and Robert Ashley, and has received support for her work from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Fulbright Program, the National Performance Network, and the New York State Council on the Arts. Sinha is part of the “uniquely-aligned trio” (NPR) Tongues in Trees with Sunny Jain and Grey Mcmurray, and teaches voice extensively.
Guitarist and singer Grey Mcmurray has been called “sublimely odd” (New York Magazine) and “the world’s least obtrusive guitarist” (The Guardian). He will be releasing his debut solo album on Figureight Records in Summer 2019. He has performed/recorded with Gil-Scott Heron, Meshell Ndegeocello, Tyondai Braxton, Alarm Will Sound, Skuli Sverrissonn, Theo Bleckmann, Beth Orton, ACME, Colin Stetson, Shahzad Ismaily, Sam Amidon, and John Cale, among many others. He hopes every day to provoke joyful tears in strangers’ eyes.