Trained in classical Hindustani vocal music, composer/ performer Samita Sinha uses the range of her voice together with electronics and multilingual text in solo performance and multichannel vocal pieces. Besides her solo work, Sinha has a duo project with Marc Cary called ANATOMY (electronic/ Hindustani/ jazz), uses her voice as an improvising instrument in jazz ensembles (in Marc Cary’s FOCUS Trio, Sunny Jain Collective, and Eternal Now), and has toured internationally as a vocalist with the late performance poet Sekou Sundiata’s the 51st (dream) state.
In addition to her international performance career, Sinha has been awarded grants from the Urban Artist Initiative and Queens Council on the Arts, a Fulbright Scholarship to study music in India, and has been a composer-in-residence and two-time juror at Millay Colony on the Arts. She has created music for film (Prashant Bhargava’s “Backwaters”) and video installation (Jaishri Abichandani’s “3 Muses”). Her debut CD with her group Kaash (Sunny Jain, Jesse Neuman, Dan Fabricatore), entitled Seep, was named a Top Pick of 2006 in All About Jazz and appeared in Billboard’s “Top 5 Hear and Now.”
Sinha studied Literature, Cultural Criticism and Mandarin at Yale. She is also a published writer and Teaching Artist, and organizes arts-based community activities locally and nationally. She gives thanks to her teachers Sikha Sinha, Awadhesh Sinha, Shiv Shankar Pandey, Alka Deo Marulkar, Sekou Sundiata, and Richard Harper.
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