This is the debut launch of the AV show for ‘Let My Country Awake’, BISHI’s new electronic classical album composed for voice looper, sitar & electronics, which explores immigrant identity, with live coded visuals by Output Arts.
The album, co-produced with composer Jeff Cook, was originally commissioned by National Sawdust, New York. The title, ‘Let My Country Awake,’ is a quote from the Nobel prize winning poet Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Where The Mind Is Without Fear,’ written before India’s independence. It represents Tagore’s vision of a new and awakened India.
The album is part inspired by the essay collection, ‘The Good Immigrant,’ edited by Nikesh Shukla, who’s voice features along with writers Darren Chetty & Salena Godden.
BISHI is a musician, artist, multimedia performer, producer and curator.
Born in London of Bengali heritage, Bishi received musical training in both Hindustani and Western Classical styles, including the study of the sitar under Gaurav Mazumdar, a senior disciple of Ravi Shankar.
She has recorded two albums, produced by Matthew Hardern: Nights at The Circus and Albion Voice. Bishi is the Artistic Director of WITCiH: The Women in Technology Creative Industries Hub, a platform she co-founded to celebrate women & non-binary at the intersection of creative tech & STEM. Bishi’s collaborations and commissions for the stage have included The London Symphony Orchestra, Yoko Ono’s Meltdown, The Science Gallery, Nick Knight’s Showstudio & session work with Sean Ono Lennon, The Kronos Quartet, Daphne Guinness & Tony Visconti. Bishi has been commissioned by Delia Derbyshire Day to compose a piece of music, to celebrate 50 years of the groundbreaking album ‘An Electric Storm’ and is currently making a documentary for Radio 4 about the groundbreaking tech company, ROLI.
‘Bishi’s interest in pop mediums exists through a fundamental understanding of the experimental, avant-garde, performing arts traditions of many centuries. I live for her.’ – Nico Muhly, Bomb Magazine
‘Brave, beautiful and all the more powerful for being so out there.’ **** Evening Standard
‘Bishi is a vocally astounding, rock-sitar-wielding, live-looping, creative-female-platform-founding performer and composer.’ – Wylde Magazine
In partnership with Arts Council England, Dash Arts & Output Arts