OneBeat 2016: City You Dreamed
This video features an original song by L.A.-based singer songwriter Rosie Tucker, written during our residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL. The video, filmed by Jacob Blumberg (masonjarmusic.com), illustrates the tension between connection and solitude through improvisational mirroring, and features New Dehli-based singer Tritha Sinha. About the song, Rosie shares: “I wrote the song entirely in the tiny library loft at ACA, a very nice nook with big windows (and not much to see but foliage). It rained nearly the whole time I was working, and I think that the combination of the greenery, of working so high up in a room full of art books, of the rain that sent everyone indoors and away from each other– I think these conditions gave rise to a weird little song about solitude. I was working alone but in some ways it was still a […]
Sayak Barua Afghan Youth Project
In 2014 & 2015, Sayak traveled several times to Kabul, Afghanistan to teach at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, and work with young people mostly from AFCECO, the Afghan Child Education and Care Organization. Sayak taught and shared his traditional North Indian music, collaborating with other musicians, young and old. Sayak conveyed his sense of urgency for cultural arts exchange in Afghanistan. In his own words, “This period of Afghanistan is very crucial and tender as presidential election results will be out very soon, and the future of the country will be made. But what has been most striking is to see is the amount of raw talent and sincerity among the young people. This period is very crucial, as it will determine which path the country chooses for itself.” Enjoy this video of the performance.