Samita Sinha is a vocalist, trained in classical Hindustani music, who explores the staggering depth of expression that, through electronic processing, computer technology allows her. Tonight she performed a live set first, during which she used live vocal looping to create an extremely textured piece. We then spoke about the inspiration for this piece and her other works, the unique position she is in thanks to her musical training and evolution, and her attitudes and feelings about music as an art alongside other forms of artistic expression.
Today's Out to Lunch program featured releases from the Strata-East record label, which was founded by Charles Tolliver and Stanley Cowell in 1971. The label, in operation from 1971 to 1977, gave their artists full control over their music, creating an inclusive, supportive cultural space for musical expression and jazz in the late 1960s and 70s.