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WEBSITE UPDATE: MIA NO LONGER by Sharmi Basu

There's been a small update on the website with most of my shows from 2015 posted (finally) and some videos of how my sounds have changed as of recent. The internet is a warphole and it's so hard to find everything?

UPCOMING SHOWS

The following are all the upcoming shows I can think of until May:

4/15 - ADAM HIRSCH / SHARMI BASU DUO at Mills College Chapel

4/8 - COMPOSITION by SHARMI BASU performed by Living Earth Show at Center for New Music

4/3 - BEAST NEST at Life Changing Ministries with THE BLUES

3/25 - BEAST NEST with Alexander Brown at BAM/PFA Gallery performing Triggers

3/18 - BEAST NEST at Sgraffito Gallery with SLANTED SQUARE and FLOWER PATTERN

3/12 - BEAST NEST in Oakland, CA with BIG DEBBIE

3/10 - FELIDAE in San Jose, CA with BIG DEBBIE

 

LIVING EARTH SHOW

Very excited to be work with the living earth show to premiere my new piece, tentatively titled, "obsession". This is the first time since my time at Mills that I've worked with acoustic musicians in such proximity. It will be premiering APRIL 8th at the Center for New Music. 

Find out more about them here: http://thelivingearthshow.com/

 

QUEER CIRCUITS

Alexander Brown and I will be presenting our in-progress piece TRIGGERS in NY (most likey). We are going to be doing a short tour around there as well. Please stay tuned to get more info. IF YOU ARE IN NY, PLEASE HIT US UP! 

Description: Multimedia revamp of the piece Triggers featured earlier this year at SOMAarts in San Francisco. It is a piece that explores digital and analog manufactured vibrations as an alternative to language in order to exemplify struggle and identity. It is paired with live movement by Alexander Brown and a video piece that uses live processing in order to create an abstract experimental narrative on the body and dimensionality. I primarily use MaxMSP and Jittr, as well as some fixed footage altered in AfterFX, to create a visceral sonic and visual environment. Triggers explores the nature of the body as the quitessential circuit, where our ideas, experiences and desires to manifest into a somewhat arbitrary digital world are neither valorized nor able to fully be seen, especially when concerning the feminized colored body, and even more when concerning the expression of trauma and struggle. Triggers references digital and analog triggers, side chains, CV units, toggles, and the transition from 1 - 0 as well as a reference to the triggers that send marginalized bodies into moments of panic, lust, rage, etc.Triggers in our digital world refers to a command, while in our queer bodies refers to a lack there of. Triggers is about the contradiction between what we create and what we take in and how it manifests in our digital world versus our analog body. 

 

MORE ABOUT QUEER CIRCUITS HERE: www.queercircuits.com

Short Los Angeles Tour Dates by Sharmi Basu

Beauties! Slanted Square, Flower Pattern, and myself, Beast Nest will be doing a short Los Angeles tour starting Sunday Nov. 1st in Bakersfield. We would love it if you could visit us at any of the following dates!!! 

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Beast Nest, Flower Pattern, and Slanted Square are three separate solo projects by three poc experimental artists. They each use sound, texture, and rhythm as a method of investigating decolonial aesthetics and recontextualizing diaspora. They all use ambience and experimentation as a mode for restoring deep listening as a liberatory practice and reclaiming improvisation as a practice rooted in indigenous and 3rd world cultural practices.They are also fun and cute and some of them are very good at karaoke!! Come hang out!!!

<<< DATES >>>
Sun, 11/1 - Bakersfield, CA
@ Righteous House

Mon, 11/2 - Filipino Town
@ Kim's House
w/ Power AltarThe Bedroom Witch
BEAST NEST/SLANTED SQUARE/FLOWER PATTERN/BEDROOM WITCH/POWER ALTAR

Tue, 11/3 - Echo Park
Echo Park Film Center
w/ Sister Mantos & Andy Gonzalez

Wed, 11/4 - http://dublab.com/ 
on "Elevation Through Sound" with Ale at dublab radio

Wed, 11/4 - Pomona, CA
@ the dA
w/ Gorgeous Vermillion, Big Debbie, JFZLA
https://www.facebook.com/events/171396663197105/
Beast Nest (On Tour), Slanted Square (On Tour), Big Debbie, JFZLLA, Gorgeous Vermillion @ The dA

Frid, 11/6 - Dowtown Los Angeles
Coaxial
w/ M. Geddes Gengras and Bana Haffar
https://www.facebook.com/events/157973777887187/
M. Geddes Gengras / Beast Nest / Flower Pattern / Slanted Square / Bana Haffar / Miko Revereza

Sat, 11/7 - Downtown Los Angeles
(the) Handbag Factory with Tik//Tik and TBA
https://www.facebook.com/events/887142641376691/
SLANTED HANDBAG

OPCON FUNDRAISER! SOLD OUT TAPE IS BEING REPRINTED! by Sharmi Basu

HI EVERYONE! What a crazy few months! I will update in full with pictures from Tours, big events, etc. RIGHT NOW, I need everyone I know to help me raise money to get to this conference in Europe! I feel like it's even more critical now than ever because decolonizing our aesthetics feels so pertinent!

My new tape: SONGS FOR PUPPIES is sold out! The Internet version is ONLINE however and I will be getting a 2nd printing of it in the next few days. Keep your eyes out!

UPCOMING EVENTS + #LOVE4QTPOC VIDEO FROM VALENTINES DAY by Sharmi Basu

Beast Nest playing this on saturday w. the homies Wreck and Reference ! then followed by a show on Sunday at Xara's Place with Justin Young andRyan Rocha and then Monday at Spice Monkey with Adam HirschGabby Fluke-Mogul, and John McCowen. THENNN on Weds GIF Problem does some stuff at LCM. Ok life is crazy maybe I will see you at something!

ALSO below is the ‪#‎love4qtpoc‬ video from the Valentine's Day Vigil in downtown Oakland. This work is hella important and the video is really sweet. Valentine's Day for me this year was spent at funerals and vigils and celebrations of life for queer folks, including the one featured below and one for my friend Ted Linus Farber. It was nice but also heavy to celebrate the corporate day of love trying to give love and respect to the people who've been taken from this system. This video is featuring some music by Botanical Garden (me and Stephan Haluska).

New Tape Release! Songs for Puppies on Full Spectrum Records by Sharmi Basu

EEEEEEE! NEW TAPE IS OUT ON FULL SPECTRUM! Pick it up from them or me! 

Also shout out to all the folks hyping / playing my songs on the radio! Dope!

AND OTHERNESS... ONLINE RADIO SHOW FEATURING FULL SPECTRUM RECORD ANDS BEAST NEST

AND OTHERNESS... ONLINE RADIO SHOW FEATURING FULL SPECTRUM RECORD ANDS BEAST NEST

TOMORROW -- 3/2/15 -- THE NEWS! by Sharmi Basu

Beast Nest performing with live video soundtrack at the news!

Be sure to check out Beast Nest, Aja Vision, and others at Periwinkle Cinema's performance art event at SOMArts called "The News".

I will be showing a simple abstract aesthetics video that is a composite of some incomplete works from the past called Triggers (2014). 

Sample it!

More information for the event can be found below:

http://www.somarts.org/thenewsmarch2015/

UPCOMING SHOWS IN MARCH 2015 by Sharmi Basu

SO MANY THINGS IN MARCH!

3/25 - LCM as GIF PROBLEM

3/23 - Spice Monkey as Beast Nest

3/22 - Xara's Place as Beast Nest with Now I Lay Me Down

3/21 - Red Lion Inn as Beast Nest with Wreck and Reference

3/10 - Temporary Bookstore as Beast Nest with Phedre

3/7 - Decolonizing Sound Workshop at Empowering Women of Color Conference at UC Berkeley [session 3]

3/5 - Dan Gottwald's Signal Flow Piece at Littlefield Concert Hall in the Analogous Ensemble

3/3 - Periwinkle Cinema Presents: The NEWS at SOMArts Cultural Center as Beast Nest

MARA PERFORMANCE COLLECTIVE! Feb 4th 6-815pm by Sharmi Basu

FIRST MARA PERFORMANCE COLLECTIVE MEETING WILL BE WEDS, FEB 5TH FROM 6-815PM! FOR SELF-IDENTIFIED PEOPLE OF COLOR ONLY!

First meeting agenda is as follows:

MARA PERFORMANCE COLLECTIVE

6:15-8:15pm Wednesdays at RiseUp Temporary Bookstore

MARA performance collective is a performance and improvisation group that is centered on shared politics and identity. It is focused on radical people of color, that is non-white folks, and is emphasizing those who identify as queer, trans*, and/or womyn of color.

Decolonizing Aesthetics:

“The creativity of visual and aural artists, thinkers, curators and artifices of the written word have affirmed the existence of multiple and transnational identities, reaffirming themselves in their confrontation with global imperial tendencies to homogenize and to erase differences. The affirmation of identities is tantamount with the homogenizing tendencies of globalization which are celebrated by altermodernity as the ‘universality’ of artistic practices. This notion chastises the magnificent diversity of human creative potential and its different traditions; it perennially aims at appropriating differences instead of celebrating them…

…The goal of decolonial thinking and doing is to continue re-inscribing, embodying and dignifying those ways of living, thinking and sensing that were violently devalued or demonized by colonial, imperial and interventionist agendas as well as by postmodern and altermodern internal critiques.”

https://transnationaldecolonialinstitute.wordpress.com/decolonial-aesthetics/

 *Suggested reading: ACCOMPLICES NOT ALLIES… differences between decolonial and anti-colonial thought and action.

Political Agreements:

-       Decolonizing Aesthetics through our art practice

-       Addressing and Resisting Anti-Blackness within QTPOC communities

-       Dismantling the binaries of body and the colonization of language through our practice, if only for a given moment

-       Restoring presence as a means of liberation

-       Restoring the communal and indigenous roots of improvisation

-       Implementing a culture of healing, trust, and vulnerability and dismantling one of fear, shame, guilt, and internalized hate towards ourselves, our ancestors, and our friends

-       FTP forever, Fuck Capitalism forever, Fuck White Supremacy, Hetero/Homo-Patriachy, and fuck all forms of gendered violence forever and ever and ever

ESTABLISH GROUP AGREEMENTS?*

Activity 1: Check In

Activity 3: Large Group (If Time Allows) 

NEXT MEETING TWO WEEKS: BRING A SCORE TO PERFORM BY YOURSELF OR WITH OTHERS. For accessibility/skill level purposes: graphic or text scores preferred.

 

 

LOVE FOR TED by Sharmi Basu

I wrote this on facebook after finding out the passing of my friend Ted, who I attended Mills with in 2013 and 2014. I just want to share so my thoughts on this human don't disappear into the ether.

My dear bb friend Ted Linus Farber passed away on Sunday as a result of systematic oppression and depression via suicide. I adore you Ted, and I feel so sad and confused and hurt and mad that you were not able to get the strength and support you needed from this shitty hellworld, but I also feel like some of your stories need to be told because your art and your struggle was based in learning how to be honest with ourselves, in whatever capacity that appeared. Ted is a queer white person, and struggled intensely with trying to identify as gender-queer and/or trans*. I know in particular he expressed to me the difficulty with sorting out what that would mean for his family, how he would assimilate in his friendships, and how difficult it was for him to be perceived as a very masculine hetero-cis man. I know Leelah Alcorn's story carried a lot of weight for him, and I know that he had so much difficulty in trying to figure out how to express his trans identity to people, especially in such a heteronormative academic institution. I just want to reframe Ted's passing as something that we all need to be held responsible for, and that this is the systematic murder of another trans and queer person, and that the lack of resources and dialogue we have around queerness, trans bodies, and tragedy in institutional settings is horrendous, and that the fact that so many of us are on the edge of tipping over into oblivion is offensive. I have no thoughts on suicide as being a righteous or selfish thing, it is a decision that has consequences, just like everything else. Ultimately maybe nothing could have been done to change what happened. I just miss you Ted and am really really sad and hurt and so so angry that we failed you and really wish I got to dress up with you and play music with you and cry with you and hug you one more time before you left. I am sending so much love to you and your loved ones and I trust that your being and spirit is watching over newly budding queer bbs and making them listen to Buckminster Fuller and Built to Spill. My tears this week are for you.