Jazz and EDM define Sandunes and Nicholson tunes
An evening of music from Mumbai-based musicians Sanaya Ardeshir (aka Sandunes) and Sohrab Nicholson, whose ‘electro organic’ outfit with a live band is known just as Nicholson, makes for a natural synergy. Thanks to their early training in jazz, and desire to push the boundaries of EDM, they recently collaborated on the title track for Sandunes’ new album Slybounce. “I’m primarily a singer songwriter. So, even though a lot of the sound is grounded in electronic production, it’s still constructed organically in a more composed fashion,” begins Nicholson, who studied jazz piano for four years at the St Francis Xavier University in Canada.
Ardeshir also cites strong jazz and blues influences and early training in piano. “The live-sets I’ve been performing over the last few months have been really deep and mellow, more with the intention of playing ‘earworm’ as opposed to assaulting the dancefloor,” she shares. This will be Nicholson’s first performance in the city since his new outfit launched. “There’s some new material that we’ll be previewing before we perform in England this summer,” he says, adding that they’re working towards shows in London, Brighton and Glasgow. Speaking about her set, Ardeshir says that she has a lot of new material, after a music residency in the States. “I’m going to play a varied mix of whatever feels most fitting for the evening – everything from disco and old school hip hop to garage and house,” she signs off.
`400. Today, at 9 pm at The Humming Tree, Indiranagar.
—Maegan Dobson Sippy