PRESENTED IN COLLABORATION WITH NCSA’S ADVANCED VISUALIZATION LABORATORY
APPEARING: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2023
VENUE: KRANNERT CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS (STUDIO THEATRE), 500 S. Goodwin, Urbana, IL 61801
Arushi Jain is a modular synthesist, singer, producer, radio host and engineer with an unorthodox vision of a centuries-old tradition – one that’s electronic and resolutely DIY. Her compositions are inspired by Hindustani classical ragas, explored in an aesthetic that is contemporary and current. Her music is a unique reinterpretation of her two contrasting worlds colliding. Arushi grew up in Delhi, where she was exposed to Indian classical and other regional music from a young age. Later, Arushi moved to California to study Computer Science at Stanford University, where she was introduced to computer generated sounds and synthesis at the Centre for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). In her music, ancient ragas from North India are re-imagined with the tools and technologies she learnt as a synthesist and technologist in the Bay Area. Her last album, Under the Lilac Sky was released on Leaving Records in July 2021, and was named the Guardian’s Global Album of the month. Her work has been featured on Pitchfork, Bandcamp, Boiler Room, Ableton, Resident Advisor, FACT, Crack, DJMag, and more. Arushi is the founder of GHUNGHRU, a radio series and record label, and is a resident at NTS Radio and boxout.fm. She is popularly known by her online moniker @modularprincess.