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Here’s What Jet-Setting Musician Sandunes Has Been Upto — And It’s BIG!

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Musician and producer Sanaya Ardeshir has been performing as a solo artist under the pseudonym Sandunes for a while now. So a recent opportunity to get back into a band setting was too good an opportunity to pass up. She says about performing with dream pop duo Parekh & Singh for a two-week UK tour last month, “It was a great experience personally, as I had the opportunity to play with a band after ages, and play in rooms and to audiences I don’t normally have an opportunity to.”

What’s more, she is billed to open for British producer Bonobo at the Manchester International Festival this July.

But that’s not all. The jet-setting young performer has already planned her third trip back to the UK this year, performing a special audiovisual set called Different Trains 1947, alongside top producers such as Actress, Jack Barnett (from UK experimental band These New Puritans), and filmmakers/artists Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard in September and October.

Sanaya explains, “It’s actually a 3-part performance in Liverpool at Edgehill station, at the Barbican in London, and then at Magnetic Fields in Rajasthan. We’re literally just working out what it’s going to look, sound, and feel like. I’m really excited about it as (minimalist composer of Different Trains) Steve Reich, 1947, and partition are all topics that I have strong personal links with.”


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Of course, it’s not all about looking overseas with her music and skills. Back home, she’s part of the recently-launched artist collective Dasta, who are taking on everything from collaborative releases to interactive events like producer circles.

She explains that the project didn’t come about due to any other reason apart from “the general need to convene”. She adds about their debut release, The Six Sample Project, “The project was the earliest tool we used to get activated between ourselves. It was great, we did it many times, and kept surprising ourselves through 1 week music-making challenges.”

Apart from the obvious sonic influences and love for electronic music that they – Sandunes, Tarqeeb, Ox7gen, Oceantied, Kumail, and Zokhuma – share, Sanaya says there’s more common ground. “We’re all lovers of music and believers in a bigger picture — one that transcends our personal goals and ambitions.”

Collaborations have always been the way to go for Sandunes’ music – whether it’s been with filmmakers like Haiderali Amir or vocalists Siddharth Basrur, Nicholson, and even Indus Creed frontman Uday Benegal. She says her next release is due by the end of the year.

“It’s a different sort of release and extremely collaborative in nature — you’ll hear more about it soon.”

While she’s got a busy time ahead jetting around the world, Sanaya says that performing abroad has forced her to up her game. “That being said, India is absolutely still touring ground and home turf for me — and I’m excited to present a new Sandunes universe around the dates of my next release.”


Anurag is a Bangalore-based music journalist who spends his time looking for great music and rare Pokémon.

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