Amirtha Kidambi Interview


Amirtha Kidambi is on the cutting edge of a wide range of music that includes free improvisation and jazz, experimental music, and new music. She is a soloist, collaborator, and ensemble member in a number of groups including the early music-inspired dark folk band Seaven Teares, Mary Halvorson‘s newest quintet Code Girl, analog percussion and light ensemble Ashcan Orchestra, and Darius Jones’ vocal quartet Elizabeth-Caroline Unit. As an improviser, she has played with Matana Roberts, Tyshawn Sorey, Daniel Carter, Darius Jones, Peter Evans, Trevor Dunn, and many other innovators on the New York scene. Past projects and upcoming collaborations include the premiere of AACM founder and composer/pianist Muhal Richard Abrams’ Dialogue Social, Darius Jones’ The Oversoul Manual at Carnegie Hall, a premiere of electronic composer Ben Vida’s work Slipping Control for voice and electronics with Tyondai Braxton at the Borderline Festival in Athens, Greece, the premiere of the late Robert Ashley’s final opera CRASH at the Whitney Biennial, and many highly-praised performances in New York and beyond. Amirtha is 2016-2017 Asian Cultural Council Fellow, and will travel to India for intensive study in Carnatic vocal music in the Summer of 2017.