California artists BEAST NEST + BIG DEBBIE joined by Mexican artist BARBARA LAZARA!
BEAST NEST is Sharmi Basu, an Oakland born and based South Asian queer woman of color creating experimental music as a means of decolonizing musical language. She attempts to catalyze a political, yet ethereal aesthetic by combining her anti-colonial and anti-imperialist politics with a commitment to spirituality within the arts. She is an MFA graduate from the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College in Electronic Music and Recording Media and has worked with Fred Frith, Roscoe Mitchell, John Bischoff, Pauline Oliveros, Chris Brown, George Lewis, Laetitia Sonami, Jesse Drew, Bob Ostertag, Jesse Drew, Dr. Nalini Ghuman, Maggi Payne, and more. Her workshops on “Decolonizing Sound” have been featured at the International Society for Improvised Music, the Empowering Women of Color Conference, and have reached international audiences. She specializes in new media controllers, improvisation in electronic music, and intersectionality within music and social justice. She is a co-collaborator of the Bay Area’s first Black and Brown Punk Fest: The Universe is Lit! You can find out more about Sharmi at http://www.sharmi.info/
BIG DEBBIE is an LA – based artist that started as a bedroom recording project that emerged out of San Francisco, CA in 2012. Within a year these 4 track recordings surfaced in a form of limited cassette and vinyl releases on such labels as Cochon, Teen Action and Danish Skrot Up. Midheaven Disitribution described the release as “Driving drum machine beats and repetitive fuzzed out, sludgy bass lines with some tape manipulated vocals that croon, whisper and growl mostly in English. Foggy, hypnotic, haunting and dancy at times, the music carries a strong 80’s influence.”
“AB-RA-CA-DEB-RA” – the sophomore album by Big Debbie brings to mind religious pagan celebrations as much as the 1980’s industrial, goethe clubs. Big, sexy noise you can move to!
Performer / voice artist based in Mexico City, focused on the relation between body, voice and space using tools like choreography, natural corporeal resonances, and sound installation. Lazara creates performatic pieces to activate the dicotonomy between divine/animal she founds naturally expressed on human voice. She performs in México, US and Europe solo and in collaboration with stage and sound artists such as Zbigniew Szumski, Simon Fujiwara or Naomi Rincon Gallardo. Her works have been released by Staaltape (GER), Volta (MEX), and broadcast on Antenas Intervenciones (ECUADOR).