Rafiq Bhatia

Join us for a Digital Discovery performance with long-time National Sawdust collaborator, guitarist, and sound artist Rafiq Bhatia. In this layered live performance, Bhatia employs vanguard, sculptural approaches to guitar in an aural funeral ceremony commemorating the staggering human cost of the COVID-19 crisis. Rendered through a hallucinatory, audio-reactive video treatment, the performance channels the risk and uncertainty of a live show while suggesting other possibilities for expression, communion, and catharsis in our isolated present.

“One of the most intriguing figures in music today” (The New York Times), Bhatia is an omnivorous experimentalist who moves fluidly between jazz and rock, acoustic and electronic, and Indian and American musical influences. On his latest EP, Standards Vol. 1, he collaborates with some of jazz’s most distinguished musicians on a surprising and oblique take on the canonical jazz repertoire. The results retain some of the texture and feeling of jazz, but sit firmly outside of the music’s conventions.

Please consider joining Rafiq in donating to the Know Your Rights Camp COVID-19 Relief Fund, an initiative addressing the disproportionate effects of the COVID-19 crisis on Black Americans.

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