Samita Sinha
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  • New York, NY
  • United States
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Samita Sinha: What Inspires Me

Posted on September 16, 2011 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

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Rahul Rajkhowa left a comment for Samita Sinha
"Samita Long time! How have you been? I got back on this website like after really long ! So…"
Jul 17, 2014
Britlin Losee left a comment for Samita Sinha
"Dear Samita, I love the fact that you lead with your voice in music. The voice is where I started…"
Nov 10, 2013
Jonathon Hampton replied to Samita Sinha's discussion Creating Whole Sound Worlds with the Human Voice in the group Voices
"Putra, you can share your voice by commenting on Discussions like this one, or on the group…"
Aug 22, 2012
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"also sorry for the late reply"
Aug 16, 2012

Welcome, Samita Sinha!

Let's Experiment with the Voice!

+Join my project group Voice-Based Sound Art

We'll have fun challenging conventional ideas about song forms and the limits of the voice as an instrument. We'll experiment with uses of the human voice in creating sound art and new music. You can get a head start now by checking out the activity from my last project, Ragas to Rock!

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I am a:
Student, Teaching Artist, Performing Artist, Carnegie Hall artist
My school is:
Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute
My style(s) of music:
Classical, Experimental, Traditional, Electronic music, Other
I am interested in:
Composing / Arranging / Songwriting, Performing, Electronics (analog and digital)
My musical instrument(s):
My favorite artists, influences, and inspirations are:
Artists of any genre that make their own sound world (or invent their own sound world), like Bjork, Alice Coltrane, John Coltrane, Cecil Taylor, Kumar Gandharva, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Kishori Amonkar. Hindustani classical music, folk music, and qawwali, and Baul singing. Dance inspires the way that I sing, esp. butoh and Pina Bausch, and literature is a constant source of inspiration.
More about me:
Samita Sinha is an artist and vocalist/ composer based in New York. She combines tradition with experiment to create new forms, drawing from a deep grounding in North Indian classical music, a contemporary vocabulary, folk and ritual music, and songs and texts in several languages. Her work reconfigures given inheritances, and combines raw, visceral energy with knowledge garnered from classical tradition.

As a composer/ performer and improviser, Sinha uses her voice as her primary instrument, along with tanpura and analog and digital electronics. She has performed her solo and ensemble work at PS 1, Roulette, Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts, Blue Note, and Issue Project Room, at universities such as UC Berkeley, NYU, Macalaster College, and St. Olaf, as well as abroad in India and the Middle East. Sinha also performs with ANATOMY, a duo Hindustani/ jazz groove-heavy electronic music project with Marc Cary, and uses her voice as an improvising instrument in jazz ensembles including Marc Cary’s FOCUS and Sunny Jain Collective. She has received awards from NYSCA and Urban Artists Initiative to create and compose new works, from Queens Council on the Arts for community music work, and from the Fulbright Foundation to study Hindustani music in India.

Sinha speaks and sings in several languages including Hindi, Urdu, Brajh, Bengali, Sanskrit, Mandarin Chinese, English, and Spanish. Her passion for language has led to collaborations with poets—she is currently working with Fiona Templeton to compose a score for The Medead, Templeton’s performance epic retelling of the story of Medea. From 2005 to 2007 Sinha toured as a vocalist with the late poet/ griot Sekou Sundiata’s music theater work, the 51st (dream) state, which appeared at the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Aaron Davis Hall, and universities and theaters around the country. Sinha also performs with The Phoneme Choir, a project by Daria Fain and Robert Kocik that integrates qi gong and movement with the sounds of language.

Sinha’s work spans a range of genres, scenes, and contexts, moving from contemporary/ experimental art spaces to jazz clubs, traditional home concert settings to theaters. Inspired by Sundiata’s call to artists to create new public rituals, Sinha’s extends her practice beyond the art world by leading Community Sings—events that bring different people together in one room for singing and dialogue—in her own Queens neighborhood as well as in York, Alabama. She teaches music, especially the intersection of music and culture, in NYC public schools through Carnegie Hall and the 92nd Street Y.

Sinha received her MFA in Music/ Sound from Bard, and her BA in Literature (with a focus on Cultural Criticism and Mandarin) from Yale. She has studied Hindustani music with Dr. Alka Deo Marulkar and Shiv Shankar Pandey, and currently trains with Shubhangi Sakhalkar.

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At 11:01am on July 17, 2014, Rahul Rajkhowa said…

Samita Long time! How have you been? I got back on this website like after really long ! 
So many new members here..Kinda made me miss the old people. So I just had to track you down. Never asked you your email id, so this was the only place we could be in touch. A lot has happened in my life both musically and otherwise, cant wait to catch up!
Here's to hoping you get the urge to log on to this website soon.

Love and regards,
Rahul Rajkhowa.

At 10:30pm on November 10, 2013, Britlin Losee said…

Dear Samita, I love the fact that you lead with your voice in music. The voice is where I started in terms of composition, and it's essential to everything I write, even if there isn't singing involved. The instruments because like a human voice in that they express emotion, too. I would be honored if you could listen to this rehearsal recording of my newest work:

Thank you. Have a nice night. - Britlin

At 7:38pm on August 16, 2012, Mohamed Hazem Mohamed Gouda said…

also sorry for the late reply

At 7:37pm on August 16, 2012, Mohamed Hazem Mohamed Gouda said…

well once I get some of the raw sektchs of musical ideas recorded you'll be sent something :D

At 7:29pm on July 10, 2012, Deya M said…

ms. samita! sorry for the late reply, but thanks so much. at this point, i'm just trying to get a better base in hindustani classical music. once i have learned that genre well, i plan on mixing the two together and doing fusion!

At 4:54pm on July 2, 2012, Aaron Beverly said…

Thanks Samita!  And I'd certainly love to join your group.  Any little spark of inspiration from it can be the start of a wildfire of creativity.

At 11:55am on July 2, 2012, Britlin Losee said…

Hi, Samita! Thank you for your very kind words. I've just joined your project, and I will definitely look at the posted videos as soon as I can.

At 11:25am on July 2, 2012, Rahul Rajkhowa said…

Hey !!!!! I've been over with school..headed to college later this month..started a channel on a total of 4000 hits on my videos and 17 subscribers...i knw its less but its a start!!! u been?

At 9:04pm on July 1, 2012, Rebecca Buckley said…

Thank you so much for the kind words! :) I actually am a member of the "Voices Around The World" group! I'm working on some original stuff at the moment and I'll be sure to post it in the group when it's ready to be shared! Thanks again! :)

At 12:06am on June 17, 2012, Sneh Ratna Choudhary said…

sure..but how? do i email it to you?



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