Bashka at Nightcat with Amin Payne / Hari Sivanesan album launch

Born out of Multicultural Arts Victoria’s ReMastered Myths music program, the unique collaboration between producer/DJ, Amin Payne, and acclaimed Veena artist, Hari Sivanesan, deconstructs stereotypes surrounding world music. The night will also feature Bashka with their dance music from the dirt streets of Turkey via Melbourne, the captivating vocals and electronica of Aarti Jadu and experimental dancer and theatre maker, Joshinder Chaggar.

Collaborators Amin Payne and Hari Sivanesan create hypnotic soundscapes that fuse Traditional Indian music with hip hop elements and modern technology creating something fresh to bring both cultures and sounds together. This a very special project that moulds the analogue vs digital world together to connect the audience with the familiar sounds and educate them with the not so familiar.

Amin Payne is a producer/DJ/performer from Auckland now based in Melbourne. Co-Founder and member of the bands ‘Due Dillagence’ & ‘OJ KUSH’ he is also a vital member of the Operatives, and co-founder of Condensed Milk, a collective and label that has a strong following across Melbourne and has released several acclaimed compilations of local and International artists. Amin has released work on Cascade Records, Hot Shot Sounds, Born To Shine & BeatGeeks and has shared stages with the likes of Aloe Blacc, Flying Lotus, Gaslamp Killer, Talib Kweli, Peanut Butter Wolf, Eric Lau, Hudson Mohawke, Kev Brown, Oddisee, Suff Daddy, Black Milk, Tall Black Guy, Julien Dyne and Hiatus Kaiyote.

Hari Vrndavn Sivanesan is one of the UK’s most acclaimed Veena Artists. Having trained under Gurus in London and India, Hari was chosen by Pandit Ravi Shankar to collaborate on numerous projects including a 40 city concert tour and various CDs. He worked at a young age with the late George Harrison (the Beatles) in producing Raviji’s CDs and was invite to play at Concert for George after his passing. Hari was chosen by BBC Radio 3 as their Would Routes Mentee to produce a series of radio programs presenting Carnatic music to UK radio listeners. He mentored under Smt Aruna Sairam, culminating in sharing a stage with her for the first and only Carnatic (South Indian) BBC Prom in 2011 and the first time the Veena was played in the Royal Albert. Hari has toured extensively as both a solo artist and accompaniment especially for dance. Under the instruction of Smt Sivasakthi Sivanesan he now has started to teach to the younger generation.

Drawing their inspiration from the vast ocean of Turkish music, Melbourne based group Bashka are creating a new genre which slips between east and west with natural ease. Musically spanning two continents and many centuries Bashka explore the contrast between east and west, composed and improvised, original and traditional, acoustic and digital. Live samples and loops merge seamlessly with ancient acoustic and modern western instruments to create music which brings to life old folk songs, gypsy ballads and dance music from the dirt streets of old Turkey.

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Aarti is a self-taught “jazz” and “world” musician, singer/songwriter and yogi. Starting off in early childhood with roots in Indian devotional music, such as bhajan, she has weaved together elements of each of her interests into a rich tapestry informed by many disciplines. Her experiences with her mentor Vinod, her family, her daily rituals and contemporary singing and songwriting have had strong influences in cultivating a sense of spirit and sensuality.

Joshinder has been dancing, choreographing & teaching dance since 2002. She is a Teacher, Actor, Choreographer, Producer and Writer. She worked for ten years in Karachi (2007 to 2017) as a dance artist & choreographer, in Theatre, TV & Film. Her work evolved when she joined the National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) in Karachi to teach ‘Movement for actors’.
Her work is inspired by original stories & the desire to investigate the human mind.

27 July 2018
9 PM till late
The Night Cat
137-141 Johnston St, Fitzroy

$15 Full / $10 Concession via The Night Cat

Amin Payne + Hari Sivanesan EP Launch – ‘Sarasvati’ is presented as part of Emerge In Yarra 2018.