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Nora Chipaumire
Oct. 28 — Oct. 29, 2016

portrait of myself as my father / Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA
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Samita Sinha

Samita Sinha is a composer and vocal artist who combines tradition with experiment to create new forms, drawing from a deep grounding in North Indian classical music, a contemporary vocabulary, folk/ritual music, and songs and texts in multiple languages. She wrote the score for Fiona Templeton's THE MEDEAD, a performance epic premiering December 2012, and for Parijat Desai Dance Company's MAKE SPACE (2010). Other compositions include vocal music for Jaishri Abichandani's multimedia workTHREE MUSES(2006), and the vocal score for Prashant Bhargava's film BACKWATERS(2005). 

Sinha's solo projects have been presented at Center for Performance Research, Chocolate Factory, Issue Project Room, Roulette and The Stone (NYC); at Watermill Center (NY), Kelly-Strayhorn Theater (PA), Macalaster College (MN), and UC Berkeley; and in Delhi and Assam, India. Her performances with ENKIDU, a current collaboration with vocalist Julia Ulehla, have been seen at diverse venues around NYC and in Maryland. Sinha led the Indo-jazz collective Kaash (2005-06), and collaborated with composer/pianist Marc Cary in two ensembles-FOCUS Trio and Anatomy-appearing with these groups at major venues including The Blue Note, Joe's Pub, BAM Cafe, The Kitchen, Charlie Parker Festival and Monterey Jazz Festival (2007-2010). She also toured internationally with Sekou Sundiata's music theater work, THE 51ST (DREAM) STATE (2005-07).

Deeply committed to combining art and civic practice, Sinha has led initiatives joining diverse people through singing and dialogue, such as the Community Coalition Choir in York, AL, and People's Potlucks throughout NYC.  She also teaches on the intersection of music and culture in NYC public schools. She has received grants from NY State Council on the Arts 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. She has been artist-in-residence at Watermill Center, Millay Colony for the Arts and Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. She received her MFA in Music/ Sound from Bard and studied post-colonial Literature at Yale, and currently studies Hindustani music with Shubhangi Sakhalkar.