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EMPAC Video Archive 2008–2018

Amirtha Kidambi’s Elder Ones: Kali Yuga

April 21, 2016

Elder Ones, a quartet performing the compositions of vocalist Amirtha Kidambi, lies nestled in a Venn diagram of diverse musical spheres and communities in New York City. Bandleader Kidambi performs on harmonium and draws her vocal influence from both Indian Carnatic and Western Classical training. With saxophonist Matt Nelson, bassist Brandon Lopez, and drummer Max Jaffe, the band expands its influence to the realm of hip-hop and free improvisation. Oscillating between modal, Sufi-like circular grooves and jagged, brutal rhythmic constructions, the band equally suspects Thyagaraja, Coltrane, and Stockhausen as illegitimate fathers of their sound.

Elder Ones were in residence at EMPAC to record "Holy Science," a cycle of four songs based on the eons of cosmic time as defined by Hindu mythology.

Curator: Argeo Ascani