What's That Noise? invites you to an atmospheric listening party that weaves together live music, stories and recordings from select female artists of the past. Host and Director Sandhya Daemgen will lead the audience through an inclusive and diverse narrative of musical history centering on the personal and political stories of these women. The piece offers a platform to current musicians to compose and perform original music inspired by those who came before them. What's That Noise? is a piece that recognises, cherishes and pays tribute to female musicians who pushed musical and societal boundaries and whose stories deserve to be heard.
What’s That Noise? is an ongoing series started in 2014 and takes place in various art, performance and music spaces and festivals. In 2020 it will be shown in the Institutions of Radialsystem and Ausland in Berlin, Germany.
Sandhya Daemgen is an artist based in Berlin, working as a singer, musician, dancer and teacher. She specialises in interdisciplinary performances combining body, voice and sound. She has worked as a singer, dancer and/or violinist with world-reknowned artists such as Tino Sehgal, Arcade Fire, Ari Benjamin Meyers, The Residents and Heiner Goebbels amongst others, performing in: Palais de Tokyo Paris, UCCA Beijing, Art Basel LISTE, The Shed New York, Manchester International Festival, Berlin Biennale, dOCUMENTA 13, Martin Gropius Bau, Stediljk Museum Amsterdam, VAC Fondation Moscow.
Sandhya has helped develop, direct and perform in Kunsthalle for Music with Ari Benjamin Meyers, an institution that focuses on expanding the music field and education, placing music genres side by side; contemporary, experimental, pop etc, whilst combining it with performance and the visual arts. It has been performed at Spring Gallery, Hong Kong Art Basel (2017), Witte de With Rotterdam, NL (2018) and Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, USA (2019).
She has developed a singing style for group improv and has taught workshops at ImpulsTanz Vienna, Spring Gallery Hong Kong, Fondation Beyeler Basel and Summer School Festival, Prishtina Kosovo. She was selected as an emerging artist for the Performing Arts Program Berlin (PAP) (2016-2018) and is currently in an electronic analog performance duo, S&M, with Martin Hansen. Sandhya is a member of the Feminist Queer collective Altes Finanzamt in Neukölln, Berlin and has a degree in Cultural Studies from Wesleyan University, USA and in Dance and Choreography from Universität der Künste, Berlin.