Street Studio India |
Street Studio India brings together socially-engaged music producers based in India and the U.S. for a collaborative exchange program centered around the “street studio” -- a methodology developed by Found Sound Nation that takes the basic elements of the music studio to a public place, making the process accessible to anyone in the surrounding community.
In its first iteration in April 2022, Street Studio India producers spent 5 weeks virtually sharing production skills, innovating on the street studio methodology, and leading independent projects in their respective regions to create original collaborative tracks. The program culminated with a virtual presentation of the work created, to be followed by in-person events in India and the U.S.
Street Studios India is a project of the NYC-based arts organization Found Sound Nation in collaboration with producers Sandunes and Half Waif, and is supported by the American Embassy New Delhi.
Street Studio India
Street Studio India: Introduction
Street Studio India short: Amy Reid
Street Studio India short: Dhir Mody + Recharkha
2022 Producers & Team
A pioneering Indian MC, Manmeet exhibits skills not only as a rapper but also as a producer, video director, storyteller, and beatmaker. She began performing in 2011, as part of a Bombay-based group of human rights activists, JAPA (Justice and Peace for All), which inspired her to dig deeper “to find purpose beyond conservative appropriations and generationaly stagnating rituals.”
Amy Reid is a Baltimore-based queer electronic musician, producer, sound and visual artist striving to transform spaces sonically, socially, and visually. By combining field recordings, vocals, electronic instruments, generative sound, and video processes, she hopes to create a sonic language that is futuristic and otherworldly yet relatable.
Brij Dalvi is a Bombay-based music producer, DJ and curator with over 6 years of self-taught music production expertise. As a producer, Brij has dabbled in various genres ranging from downtempo, electronica and lo-fi to other, heavier styles of music. His main music project is called Three Oscillators, an outlet for Brij’s most experimental and intricate work.
Jenna Camille is a singer-songwriter from Accokeek, Maryland whose music is "a heady mix of R&B with elements of jazz, hip-hop and electronic music" (The Washington Post), which "evokes the anything-goes apotheosis of neo-soul." Her music focuses on topics ranging from mental health, abuse, spirituality and relationships. She currently tours with jazz-spoken word group, Heroes Are Gang Leaders, and is signed to HipNott Records.
Music is often said to be capable of dilating time. It is this characteristic that drew Aditya to producing his own music as flux vortex. Through formative experiences with sound manipulation, he has created a unique identity in the landscape of electronic music in India, infusing his deep love for experimentation with driving rhythms meant to move your body and tickle your mind. Aditya has also worked as a music educator with several different kinds of communities in India.
Krithi is a Brooklyn-based music producer and sound designer, who blends sounds from the
Indian Subcontinent with electronica, hip-hop and pop music. She is also a music tech educator/development director and education program coordinator for youth education organizations such as Beats by Girlz and Building Beats.
Vonna Wolf is an audio visual frequency artist and controllerist based in Denver, Colorado. Specializing in analog and digital controllers and DJing, she found a love for composing, practicing, learning, and growing as a creator, storyteller, mask-maker, musician and educator. Vonna also uses photography and visual mediums to create sonic adventures, including generative music.
Dhir is a drummer and educator who discovered a strong affinity towards percussion and sound while attending regular community drum circles. He has collaborate with artists from a wide diversity of genres, live and in the studio, and has worked with Zildjian as their India representative handing artist relations, marketing and events based our of Mumbai.
Maassai is a multidisciplinary artist from Brooklyn, NY whose artistic practice centers Black urban narratives through an avant-garde lens via the mediums of music, performance, writing, and curation. She is focused on creating work that stays rooted in the context of her cultural upbringing and pays homage to her community in a way that both reimagines what it could look like and sonically transcends boundaries of genre or form.
Parimal Shais is an electronic music producer, best known for his album 'Kumarikandam Traps Vol. 1.' His sound design involves everyday sounds and musical instruments from South India. Parimal intends to create audio-visual projects experimenting with nostalgic themes, regional art forms, and narratives.
Sandunes is the creative outlet for producer, composer and pianist - Sanaya Ardeshir. Hailing from Mumbai, India, her unique and evocative sound - rhythmic meditations on the future of pop and electronic music - has trodden an increasingly global footprint over recent years. Her interests extend into pedagogy, mentorship and mindfulness, seeing her host lectures and workshops on healthy creative practices and listening forward collaborative approaches.
Half Waif is the musical project of singer, songwriter, and producer Nandi Rose, based in Upstate New York. Over the past decade, Nandi has built upon her classical training to create a bold and unique sound that melds pop and folk songwriting with experimental production and electronic arrangements. She has released two critically acclaimed albums with renowned indie label ANTI- Records, performed on NPR's Tiny Desk series, and toured internationally.