Aditya Mandayam's performance

  • Zenzizenzizenzik
    Aditya Mandayam

Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw invites to a performance by the Indian artist, filmmaker, writer, and musician, Aditya Mandayam.

His solo musical project UMMO combines West-Coast modular synthesis like "Arp, Buchla, Serge, Ciat-Lonbarde, and countless nameless inventions that used bananas" with Indian classical singing, creating layers of ambisonic feedback, resonance, xenharmonic noise, and Carnatic vocals that he calls "modular folk".

Mandayam and friends run the label BUIO and the radio station JUJU which focus on experimental and underground music. In recent years Mandayam's practice has taken a turn towards the esoteric Hindu traditions of Tantra. Combining avante-garde performance aesthetics with his studies in classical voice, Mandayam's operatic oeuvre is a gesamtkunstwerk of sculpture, theater, cinema, music, light, text, sound, and image. Drenched in the Tantric trinity of black, white, and red, UMMO is the High Priest of the Temple of the White Cube. His concerts are Yantric blackboxes for divining space and time, for the resonant Mantra that lies within.

Recent shows include Art in General (New York), Kunstverein Munich, Futura (Prague), CAC (Vilnius), Whitechapel Gallery (London), Kim? (Riga), MHKA (Antwerp), de Halle (Haarlem), Lisson Gallery (London), and Galerie van Gelder (Amsterdam).

At the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, UMMO will perform some drum and drama from his upcoming album, Zenzizenzizenzik.   

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