UnMute artists BLOT! are cofounders of India’s biggest design festival, UNBOX! The latest edition is here with its brand of eclectically diverse evenings that see a fluid amalgamation of music, sub-culture and media.
All evenings are free entry, the bar is affordable and the venue (Zorba, MG Road, New Delhi) is great!
Feb 07 – Unbox Festival Opening, 7-10.30pm
The festival kicks off with Sounds of Bengal – a collaborative project between the inventor of electro-acoustic sarod, Soumik Datta (UK) and Arif Khan (Kolkata).
Followed by Unbox’s signature experimental session – New Culture Mash Up featuring festival curators, BLOT! + Nucleya stirring things up in an audiovisual mash-up supported by Pinksoda aka Smriti Chowdhary, who’s the mad brain behind some of the videos and Busride or the artist formerly known as Ayaz Basrai, who will be doing live sketching.
Feb 08 – Unbox Day 2, 7-11pm
Another innovative evening with a host of quirky performers from around the world and closer home:
7-8pm >> Bhajans, Blues and Bob Dylan (IND)
8-9pm >> Saskia Rao and Gwyneth Wentink (HOL)
9-10pm >> Peter Cat Recording Co (IND)
10-11pm >> Child (AUS)
Feb 09 – Unbox Day 3 – Puma Loves Vinyl, 8-11pm
Puma Loves Vinyl is a concept that presents a return to an older state of sonic happiness with electronica stalwarts from the Indian scene joining forces with Ron Schneider (Germany) – a hardware genius with a penchant for analog synthesizers.
Kohra – rated no. 3 DJ in India last year, he returns to his vinyl roots with a medley befitting UnBox. Expect good old Shpongle with spattering breaks and downtempo grooves.
Vinayaka – the understated yet influential producer from the south showcases a progressive and sometimes unpredictable process of field recordings and sampling.
Feb 10 – Unbox Closing – SoundCamp, 9-11pm
UnBox ends with a double header. While Indian Ocean will play for a fundraiser from 7-9pm with a donation based ticket at the gate, SoundCamp – one of the labs at UnBox will present an ensemble of artists from 9-11pm.
SoundCamp is a Border Movement project that has its origins in a 3-week residency in Sri Lanka in 2012. At UnBox it invites Indian and South Asian musicians to create and experience a temporary, collaborative music creation space. Participants:
One Of Sri Lanka’s leading DJs and composers, Asvajit’s sets are intense and fast paced, blending funky grooves with techno.
Gaurav Malaker (IND)
Gaurav Malaker is a musician, DJ and producer and one half of BLOT!’s live audiovisual act.
Raumagent Alpha (DE)
Ron Schneider is a self-taught artist based in Berlin exploring the correlation between sound and technology.
Bouncing between 2-step, future garage, post dub step and experimental electronica, Sandunes live set includes a range of controllers and instruments.
TL Mazumdar (IND)
A singer-songwriter, keyboardist, producer and composer who has toured several international jazz festivals in Asia and Europe.
As well as Vinayak, Nucleya and Suryakant Sawhney (IND)
+ the Unbox Instrumentalists
– Gwyneth (Harp) – Netherlands
– Saksia Rao (Indian Cello) -Netherlands
– Soumik Dutta (Electric Sarod) – UK / India
– Aditya Kumar (Tabla) – India
If you need any more information hit up http://www.unboxfestival.com/
See you there!