SUNNY JAIN PRESENTS VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE AND TITLE TRACK, “WILD WILD EAST” NEW ALBUM OUT 21 FEBRUARY ON SMITHSONIAN FOLKWAYS
Brooklyn-based musician, composer, and Red Baraat bandleader, Sunny Jain, presents the title track and its accompanying video from Wild Wild East, his new album out 21st February on Smithsonian Folkways. Following the lively lead single “Immigrant Warrior,” “Wild Wild East” [insert quote from Sunny on track/video].The accompanying video was directed by *NAME* and was filmed throughout *INFO*.
WATCH VIDEO FOR SUNNY JAIN’S “WILD WILD EAST”
Wild Wild East explores the American myth of westward expansion, which has always been an irony-caked parable about what happens when you try to escape the known to pursue new beginnings, but also the traits that still ring true. The album first started to take shape following the 2016 election. “It felt like the Wild West,” Jain says of the times, though they played out in the theoretically civilized confines of Washington, D.C., and New York City — the East Coast. Around the same time, he found himself performing at the cultural festival park Global Village in Dubai, where countries from around the world are represented by architectural installations. “The only [place] there that was being represented by a human being was the Americas, and the Americas were represented by this cowboy — a white male cowboy with a hat, beard, gun in the holster.”
Wild Wild East sources musical inspiration from an array of influences, from the scores of Bollywood classics to Spaghetti Westerns, Indian folk to jazz improvisation, and South Asian languages to English prose to express the immigrant experience as one navigates the terrain of what it means to be “American.” Jain, the son of immigrants from India, draws upon his family history of migration for vision, employing rhythmic shifts, dissolving soundscapes, and the interplay of structure and experimentation to represent the heartbreak and triumph within the South Asian diaspora.
Reminder to listen to Sunny Jain’s “Immigrant Warrior”
Wild Wild East (feat. Ganavya)
Red, Brown, Black (feat. Haseeb)
Aye Mere Dil Kahin Aur Chal (Remembrance)
Aye Mere Dil Kahin Aur Chal
Bhaagi (feat. Aditya Prakash)
Blackwell (feat. Alam Khan)
Hai Apna Dil to Awara (feat. Ganavya)
Tumse Lagi Lagan
Maitri Bhavanu (feat. Ganavya)Brooklyn Dhamal
Wild Wild East is the first release in the Smithsonian Folkways’ Asian Pacific America series, which features exceptional contemporary voices and sonic expressions across diverse musical genres. Whether reinterpreting traditional repertoire and styles or speaking directly to collective experiences through song, the artists in the series expand the American soundscape through their creative explorations of identity, community, and diaspora. This series supported in part through Federal funds from the Asian Pacific American Initiatives pool administered by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.
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