Decolonization and Sound

Viewed through a postcolonial lens, gendered and racial inequalities in creative music can be seen as part of a deeply imbedded structure.

This workshop positions mindfulness, listening and improvisation as tools for resistance and resilience. Experimental music creator, Sharmi Basu, sheds light on how playing music and improvising can help marginalized people reclaim identities and languages despite the historical distortion of and violence enacted upon their cultures, work, and genders.

The workshop will encourage participants to consider how increased societal and social understanding can bring about a change in the language we use in our own musical practices, how minorities can find ways to process trauma and grief to create new, unhindered spaces for themselves. Also up for discussion will be the importance of shared politics within musical communities, of solidarity through material resistance, and the ways sound can be used to challenge economic, social and institutional oppression.

No experience is necessary to take part in this workshop. Please bring a notebook (optional) and an open mind (essential).

Workshops are for those with tickets that include Workshop and Studio Session access. Groups are small, and require prior registration – ticket holders will be notified via email when sign-up opens on October 16th.

Date & Location

EastWest Tracking Room 2


Beast Nest

Beast Nest

Beast Nest ist Sharmi Basu – a Bengali artist from the San Francisco Bay Area who creates experimental music as a means of decolonizing musical language.