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Rajna Swaminathan’s Mangal Project
August 14 @ 8:00 pm
Led by percussionist-composer Rajna Swaminathan, Mangal brings together a group of thoughtful improvisers to spark new collective soundings and time-worlds. Rajna’s compositions merge musical processes from South Indian music, jazz/creative music, and other forms, opening the door to lush and intricate improvisations. ‘Mangal’ is a homonym with unique meanings in English and Sanskrit: the English ‘mangal’ refers to an assemblage of mangrove trees, whose roots are entangled in a chaotic web, making it difficult to individuate one tree from the interconnected collective; the Sanskrit ‘mangal’ is an epithet for that which is harmonious or auspiciously timed. The hybrid imagery of chaotic but serendipitous multiplicity in ‘mangal’ serves as a poetic impetus for improvisational flights and experimental textures.
Live art by The Artist L.Haz will be sold at the show.
Rajna Swaminathan – Mridangam and composition
Carlos Snaider – Guitar
Samantha Boshnack – Trumpet
Kelsey Mines – Bass
Live art – L.Haz (Zahyr Lauren)
Carol Levin, electric harp
Heather Bentley, violin/viola/electronics
Amelia Love Clearheart, spontaneous poet/vocalist/dancer