Creating A Scene From Scratch: Asvajit On Jambutek & Electronic Music In Sri Lanka

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You simply cannot talk about the Sri Lankan music scene without mentioning Asvajit Boyle – musician and co-founder of iconic record label Jambutek and event company Bang Bang. You’ll recognise its symbol – a sour, colourful local fruit known as ‘Jambu’ in Sinhalese. Since its formation in 2014, Jambutek has played a key role in propagating electronic music in Colombo and around, giving its artists a legitimate platform to showcase their work and its audiences a space to learn about and enjoy contemporary sounds through regular workshops, seminars and some of the best parties this side of the world.

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NEWS - 21. April 2017  

Wandering Through Discomforting Soundscapes: NOMAD

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6 years ago, when 24-year-old Rija Yousuf moved back from Saudi Arabia to her hometown Karachi, all she wanted to do was discover the city with fresh ears. Having never grown up in Pakistan, this was more than a homecoming. It was an opportunity to explore a city fraught with violence, with a sense of curiosity and wonder.

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NEWS - 18. April 2017   CITY - Karachi ARTIST - NOMAD

Colombo: Sound And Crossing(s)

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Performance art event Theertha Performance Platform (TPP) brought together various artists from different disciplines at their latest show, centred around the exploration of sound’s ability to transcend its own medium, the event was aptly titled and themed ‘Sound and Crossing(s)’.

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NEWS - 10. April 2017  

In Profile: 5 Women Who Are Shaking Up The Pakistani Music Industry

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Ramsha Shakeel. Raania Durrani. Rahema Khan. Natasha Noorani. Natasha Ejaz.

To the uninitiated these are but names, native to the subcontinent, female surely but otherwise unremarkable as names can go, standard appellations for your average Pakistani woman. Of course while their titles may seem average (with all due respect), their occupations most certainly aren’t.

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NEWS - 27. March 2017  

Announcing The Successful Applicants Of BMR: Berlin 2017…

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Border Movement Residency (BMR) is a series of curated experiences that are customised around the individual needs of musicians and aim to create meaningful and relevant creative exchanges between artists in South Asia and Germany.

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NEWS - 23. March 2017   Project - Border Movement Residency

Reflections: BMR South Asia #2 With Nene Hatun

Last year we had the pleasure of hosting Berlin based Turkish producer Beste Aydin aka Nene Hatun in India as part of the Border Movement Residency (BMR) initiative. During her 2 month stay in India, Beste travelled around India interacting with the local music community. Check out the video below to get a glimpse into her experience:

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NEWS - 14. March 2017  

A Journey Through Tehran: Andreas Spechtl Steps Out Of His Comfort Zone

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“The taxi driver charges 50.000 to the gates of freedom. It turns out to be a four-exit roundabout.” These words, sprinkled as they are with a restless, persuasive sense of irony, made their way into a piece musician and composer Andreas Spechtl wrote in Tehran, Iran. While there he noticed something odd, which no one around seemed to pay much attention to. Taxi drivers, offering to drive people to the renowned Azadi Square, would simply shout out “Azadi!” at crowds. The word, of course, means “freedom” in Farsi. “Freedom! Freedom!” they were proclaiming.

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NEWS - 10. March 2017   ARTIST - Andreas Spechtl Project - Border Movement Residency

Electronic Music Can Be The New Form Of Protest: Aniruddh Menon Talks About His Debut Album ‘Lovesongs’

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23-year-old Aniruddh Menon is a creative entity to say the least. His transition into music production was initiated by his experience as a drummer and fuelled by his love for sampling. He made his mark with Machli, a Bangalore band which turned heads with their ‘Obtuse + Divine’ EP. Finally, Menon has put out his debut full length solo album, ‘Lovesongs‘.

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NEWS - 07. March 2017   CITY - Bangalore ARTIST - Aniruddh Menon

“There Was A Certain Lightness In India, Despite The Intensity”: Nene Hatun On BMR & Departures From Critical Spaces

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To call Beste Aydin’s music unusual would be a tragic understatement. Mesmerising, dark, and otherworldly are among the other words that fall short. It is paradoxical in that it inspires both stillness and manic motion, sometimes all at once.

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NEWS - 03. March 2017   CITY - New Delhi ARTIST - Nene Hatun Project - Border Movement Residency

“There Is No Excuse For Not Expressing Yourself”: Ash Koosha On Trump, Living In Exile & The Need For Critical Thinking In Art

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On 20 January this year, former businessman and reality TV personality Donald Trump sauntered onto the West Front of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. to take oath as president of the United States. There wasn’t a doubt in anyone’s mind that the ripple effect of this mind-boggling election was eventually going to reach shores around the world, but when Trump signed the executive order on immigration (“protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry”) a mere week later – mankind gasped in collective, despairing shock.

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NEWS - 14. February 2017   ARTIST - Ash Koosha


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