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

The More ‘Limited’ Artistes Are, The More Creative They Become: Ghazaleh E

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“Music is my medium of expression. It’s the language I speak. And, it is the only channel of hope that can bring mankind together,” says Iranian pianist and sound artiste Ghazaleh Ebrahimi.

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NEWS - 07. February 2017   ARTIST - Ghazaleh E Project - BMR Berlin #3 2016

Call For Applications: A New Fellowship For Young Curators From South Asia

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Curatorial Intensive South Asia (CISA), invites applications for a new fellowship for young curators from South Asia.

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NEWS - 31. January 2017  

‘We’d Never Met Before But We All Spoke The Same Language – Music’: Dinelka

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“As a sound artiste, I hear everything. I am drawn to sounds. And, my artistic vision allows me to visualise these sounds. I have seen many things in Berlin. Sometimes, it felt like home; as if I had been here before. It was all too familiar. Sometimes, I couldn’t explain what I saw or heard. But I was a part of it, nonetheless. At every corner, people were doing something different with art and sound. This place will always have a big school of thought, art and philosophy. To put it succinctly, Berlin is a big modular patch with different cultures/countries making different sounds. And, each one has its own character,” said Sri Lankan-based experimental musician Dinelka Liyanage.

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NEWS - 24. January 2017  


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