The Music Gallery presents
Ami Dang & Gudiya
curated by Pratishtha Kohli
February 20, 2021
The Music Gallery is pleased to present Ami Dang and Gudiya February 20 at 7PM. The double feature will showcase the intricacies of Dang’s experimental effected sitar techniques with synthesizers and electronic instruments from South Asia along with Gudiya’s original electronic music production and visual collages. Amrita “Ami” Kaur Dang, a South Asian-American, Sikh composer, music producer, vocalist and sitarist from Baltimore, and Gudiya, a Raleigh based visual artist, electronic music producer and DJ of Indian descent. Both artists share central themes in their works relating to the colonial history of music, the arts, technology, and performance and its place in the contemporary musical landscape.
“I saw Amrita “Ami” Dang perform at Burdock Brewery in 2019, and when the deep, dark, resonant sounds of her electric Sitar filled the room, I immediately knew that I wanted to present her at the Music Gallery. Her take on devotional music and electronic influences are a unique and brilliant addition to the contemporary South Asian diasporic scene,” says curator Pratishtha Kohli.
ABOUT AMI DANG
Amrita “Ami” Kaur Dang is a South Asian-American, Sikh composer, music producer, vocalist and sitarist from Baltimore. Combining ideas from South Asian music with synthesizers, MIDI controllers, lighting design and gestural movement, her work invites the audience to reframe their assumptions about the colonial history of music, the arts, technology, and performance and its place in the contemporary musical landscape.
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“Gudiya” is the alter ego of Hema Gaia, a visual designer, experimental musician, and youth organizer based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Gaia yields her lack of knowledge in traditional art and music production as a powerful sword, constructing pieces that feel almost entirely accidental while provoking strong emotional responses. Through her consultation work with both youth and adults, she breaks down colonial and patriarchal barriers to music and art, and aids people in accessing their inherent talents. Gaia also produces music in Sand Pact with collaborator Alex Fresa.