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This performance of Brooklyn, NY based artists pairs the sitar, polyphonic overtone singing, electronic live looping, and Persian frame drumming of Neel Murgai with the video projections of animated bio-morphic inspired artwork of Seema Lisa Pandya. Beginning with an evening raga on sitar, Neel moves on to lush, droning vocal soundscapes and primal rhythms while subtly shifting chords, ragas and textures are deconstructed and reassembled in improvisational flights of fancy. A former Denver resident and co-owner of Revoluciones Collective Art Space, Seema’s projections use stills of her paintings and sculptures, slowly animated into new abstract forms that complete the psychedelic experience as listeners are washed in an ocean of overtones.
Neel Murgai is a sitarist, daf player, overtone singer, composer and teacher. He is a co-founder of Brooklyn Raga Massive, a collective of musicians steeped in Indian classical music. Neel has studied sitar for 23 years, currently with his guru Pundit Krishna Bhatt. Overtone singing he learned from Batuvshin of the Buriyat performance group Uragsha and from Timothy Hill of the Harmonic Choir. He is a graduate of Goddard College's MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program. Neel has performed around the world with numerous artists from varying disciplines including, Bill T. Jones, Cyndi Lauper, Wyclef Jean, Andre DeShields, Karsh Kale, Vijay Iyer, Daniel Bernard Romain, Dana Leong, Ellen Stewart, Laraaji, Yuerba Buena, Baba Israel, Raz Mesinai, Mission on Mars, Akim Funk Buddha, Loren Conners, Louis Bellogenis and Cosmo Vinyl. He has performed at venues ranging from the Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center to Late Night with David Letterman to jazz clubs such as the Blue Note and at festivals around the U.S including Art Wallah, Arts Plosure, Masala! Mehndi! Masti! and many others. Neel played in the orchestra for Disney’s musical theater adaptation of “The Jungle Book” directed by Mary Zimmerman. Hel has composed music for many film, TV, video, theater and dance projects including the features, “The Yes Men Fix the World", which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and "A Decent Arrangement" starring Shabana Azmi. His music has been featured in the BBC series, “Holiday’s in the Danger Zone", and TBS programs, “Women of the Ink", and “Spotlights".
Seema Lisa Pandya is a multidisciplinary artist, an accomplished sustainability consultant, an adjunct professor of sustainable design, and community builder. As an artist, she explores the intersections of sustainability, art, cultural, and the built-environment. Her work tends to focus on two predominant themes, universal principles of biology and physics, and environmental sustainability. Sacred geometry, gravity, the push-pull balance of things in relation to one another, biological fractals, and the boundaries between negative and positive space are all inform her art. This has inspired her to create of a variety of work over the years ranging from public art sculptures, interactive kinetic sculptures, slatted light sculptures, site-specific installations, public guerilla street art, amoeba shaped fractal paintings, and her current series of large sculptures made from discarded played tabla (classical Indian percussion instrument) drum heads. Additionally, Seema has devoted almost two decades of leadership work forming community and cultural organizations such as Denver’s Revoluciones Collective Art Space, and the Brooklyn Raga Massive.