Michael Dwan Singh is an artist, producer, and stage actor based in Cambridge, MA. One of the very few sarangi players in the United States, he comes under the lineage of the legendary Sultan Khan via his teacher, Dr. Kashyap Dave. Singh is a seasoned stage performer who has brought the soulful haunt of his instrument and tonality to audiences across the US and India. As a producer, he founded Desi Standard Time Studio in 2008, transforming the second floor of a mechanic’s garage into a makeshift audio paradise. There, he remixes archetypes, cooks hooks and writes groove across decaying tape machines, obscure Indian instruments, and overdriven synths. His most recent work has been with his band, The Shadow Notes, and as Tapewallah- his solo project. Singh is also one of the main organizers for SubDrift Boston- a monthly open mic for the South Asian Diaspora.
Praised by VICE Magazine as the "mistress of new music" and named as one of their Artists to Watch by The Fader, Lorna Dune has been turning heads since her foray into the world of electronic music production. An experimental pianist, who played with the Philip Glass Ensemble, shared the stage with Steve Reich and Meredith Monk, and a long-time collaborator with Missy Mazzoli in the composer’s “all-star, all-female quintet” Victoire, has a new take on weightier beat-driven electronic music which is both fresh in its approach to the genre and also a unique arrival through her journey through sound. As a performer Dune was recently featured as a synth soloist with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, toured her music nationally with Emily Wells, was commissioned to compose & perform a work to celebrate Terry Riley’s 80th birthday at the Ecstatic Music Festival, has seen a release of a remix of composer Max Richter on Deutsche Grammophon, remixed a Pulitzer prize winning work by Caroline Shaw and toured worldwide with the electro-feminist-punk icon JD Samson. “An experimental keyboardist who is happy to go wherever her heart and ears tell her, redefining genres along the way, Lorna Dune inhabits a world of her own, and it’s a glorious thing to behold.” – Red Bull Music Academy
Brian Harnetty_Shawnee, Ohio_2016_Premiered at the Wexner Center for the Arts
Brian Harnetty is an interdisciplinary artist who works closely with sound archives and communities connected to them. His work contends that the simple act of listening –– to people, place, and their pasts –– can transform our futures. His current projects –– supported by a 2018 A Blade of Grass Fellowship and the 2016 Creative Capital Performance Award –– are deeply involved with ecology, extraction, and economy in Appalachian Ohio, informed in part by his family's roots in the region. Harnetty received a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Arts at Ohio University, an M.Mus. in Music Composition at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and a B.Mus. in Music Composition from The Ohio State University. Harnetty has released five internationally acclaimed albums. His 2013 release, The Star-Faced One: from the Sun Ra/El Saturn Archives was MOJO Magazine’s Underground Album of the Year. He has performed throughout the US and Europe, and has written in-depth articles on sound, extraction, and Appalachia. Past collaborators include Will Oldham, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Anna Roberts-Gevalt (Anna & Elizabeth), and Paul De Jong (The Books). Harnetty is currently an AmeriCorps Volunteer, telling the stories of people in Appalachian Ohio.