It is our great pleasure to host Mr. Adam Tinkle (USA) and The FRET Band (Bhaktapur, Nepal). This show is going to be an amalgam of sound and experience of Kathmandu in a form of audiovisual projection and musical performances. It is an artistic collaboration and experimentation of modern eastern and western tunes.
The event is planned for Tuesday, 9th November 2021, 5:00 pm onwards.
Universal Donor is Adam Tinkle (New York, USA) and Prabin Lakhaju (Bhaktapur, Nepal) — a pair of musicians who share an O-negative blood type and a passion for musical fusions and cross-cultural exchange. Developing their improvisational interplay and their first compositions in the teahouses en route to Mardi Himal, using the instruments they packed on a Himalayan trek: clarinet and djembe. Their conversations about and around their respective musical backgrounds echo in their musical interplay: the metric maths of Eastern classical and Western minimalism, the textured tune fulness of Nepali and American folk, the fierce energy of jazz and Newari drumming. Save for the impromptu concerts they gave in every village from Pittam Deurali to High Camp, this concert will be their debut performance.
The fret is an instrumental trio from Bhaktapur, Nepal, creating new form of world music, furnishing fusion grooves in an evolved manner, and blending traditional and ethnic music with an influence of eastern classical, western music and world music, through Sarangi, Flute and Newari drums. Selected as an opener for Echoes in the Valley 2021, they are at work on their debut album. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cqPL7Lvi50
Adam Tinkle works across music, installation, media art, performance, auditory culture, documentary ansd collaboration. After studies in music with avant-garde legends Anthony Braxton, Alvin Lucier, Anthony Davis, and Pauline Oliveros, his soundworks have taken disparate forms, from immersive multichannel installations to improvisation-laced new-classical compositions, from the desert laptop-folk of Creosota (creosota.bandcamp.com) to the ecstatic indie rock of The Shade (theshade.bandcamp.com). His music has been commissioned by New Music USA and the Hammer Museum (UCLA) and his music-theatre-documentary A Mess of Things earned “best of” awards at Fringe festivals in Hollywood and San Diego, California. In roles ranging from audio producer and sound designer to composer and curator, he has logged an extraordinary range of collaborations, including a radio play co-created with Marina Abramovic and Kim Stanley Robinson, and the head-reactive ambisonic soundscape for How to Tell a True Immigrant Story, the first 360VR film ever to compete in the Locarno Film Festival. A current artist resident at Kathmandu’s Space-A, this Bikalpa performance marks his final night in Nepal and the release party for his new album, Dawn Koras.