BEAST NEST

SHARMI BASU  (they/them) is a multi-media performance artist, curator, and composer. They create sound and performance pieces that address vulnerability, accountability, and experiences of millennial diaspora through creating narratives of decolonial thinking toward individual and collective liberation. Their performances and sound pieces via their primary performance project, Beast Nest, show us that the abstract and immaterial experiences of trauma and pain can be liberated through our abstract creations in art and sound. They believe that transcending the emotional landscape through active presence is the key to accessing multidimensionality and work with these ideas in their Sound and Liberation workshops, their curatorial projects, and their improvisation group, the Mara Performance Collective. They host a number of workshops that center on sound healing and self-accountability, as well as technical skill-shares. They are a certified mediator focused on interpersonal healing within Queer and Trans BIPOC communities, and are on the board of a number of organizations including Safer DIY Spaces, Bay Area Girls Rock Camp, Soundwave SF, and California FM. The majority of their organizational work is dedicated to providing resources and mutual aid to queer and Trans BIPOC. 

Their ultimate goal through their work is to cultivate a sense of vulnerability and empowerment for themselves and their community.

 

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OLDER RECORDINGS 

"Taste Of India"

BEAST NEST

"Taste Of India" is the third album from the ever prolific artist, musician, teacher and healer known as BEAST NEST (aka Sharmi Basu) . "Taste Of India" continues in the vain of her sophomore release "Songs For Puppies" but focusing even more on the drone, ambient side of her practice leaving behind the harsher cuts for future considerations. "Taste of India" is a nearly forty minute journey through lush, harmonizing tones, breathing, humming synthesizers , hissing, spacious dripping oscillators pulsing a pleathora of micro tonal structures of healing, relaxation, trauma, horror and so much more. Beast Nest is one of the most underrated projects in the bay area and it's time you got hip to it. We at RATSKIN are more than honored to release this beautiful, complicated, cavernous sound work into the world.


BEAST NEST is Sharmi Basu's primary performing project. She utilizes an unwavering depression & restrained horror to channel left-eyed spirits. While simultaneously clearing and entering, the sewage pipes of the body and the patriarchy congeal into watery soundscapes as a vehicle for achieving liberation through the darkest of fears.
All music composed, produced, and performed by Sharmi Basu

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A History of Sexual Violence

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A History of Sexual Violence

Side Al
1. Relief
2. JSUN
3. My friends

Side B
1. You were nicer in my dreams
2. Bear
3. You were so fucked up that I thought I was dreaming
4. Sleepy Bitch

For all my friends who have passed this last year, for Ghost Ship, for black and brown women and queers, for accountability, for responsibility, for self-reflection, for apologizing, for acknowledging, for care, for critical compassion. For my babies who are struggling to find moments of peace, for my self and all my friends who have lost so many. For processing grief. For my grandma and my dadu and for Beni, my dog, who is the best boo boo bear in the whole world. Against sexual assault and apologists of patriarchy, white supremacy, capitalism, and bad behavior. Against white men. Against poc who adopt the white man’s oppressive tactics for survival. Towards new dimensions, towards liberation. Special thank you and dedication to my friends who saved my life after my ex tried to kill me with white supremacy.

Recorded and mixed in August 2017 in Oakland, CA by Sharmi Basu.
Printed by @rot_radio

Sax by Gorgeous Vermillion

All songs written by Sharmi
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PRESS

"Toward Unity And Justice"  Sharmi Basu in San Francisco Classical Voice - July 2020

“For me, it’s just like, pay them” responded electronic artist and DIY-scene community organizer Sharmi Basu, with a laugh. The question posed was about how to account for the wide range of access to opportunity and safety between, say, a cisgender white gay man and a transgender black woman, while trying to unify the queer and trans new music community. They continued: “A lot of these questions are actually really simple — giving resources both financially and emotionally [to queer and trans artists of color] is a huge step towards changing these discrepancies, and making people feel loved and seen.”

 

"How Oakland's Music Scene became Queerer, Browner, and More Femme" on Bandcamp Daily 

"The life cycles of underground scenes in Oakland tend to be short. Because of the affordability crisis in the Bay Area, there’s no longer an abundance of derelict storefronts and warehouses in which to throw parties. When a landlord sells a building that used to house an underground venue, the groups of people that venue united typically scatter among other enclaves in the scene. Every year, a new crop of kids comes of age and starts building something new. And because of the Ghost Ship fire, which claimed 36 lives at a party last December, underground venues have become harder to find than ever before. 

That’s why, even though Basu is only a few years older than some other artists in the experimental music scene, many regard her as a foremother who paved the way for younger artists like Spellling, Kohinoorgasm, and Earthbound. “I think it has a lot to do with resistance also, to be honest,” she says. “I think a lot of things shifted at the end of 2014, when all the stuff surrounding the shooting of Michael Brown was happening. That was a point when people were suddenly realizing what police violence is, and what white supremacy actually is.”

 

"Sharmi Basu is Decolonizing Noise" Sharmi Basu  in East Bay Express

""There's a myth that noise as a genre miraculously came from white dudes in the suburbs, but that's not the case. History is misleading. Noise is based on improvisation. There are so many accounts of mothers in the South, who were enslaved, freestyling these lullabies and the lullabies serve as a moment of refuge, an actual source of safety." Basu continued, "For myself, getting into experimental music was about how I can create a world outside of the world I'm materially bound to, how I can express what I'm feeling without this shitty colonial language I'm socialized to use."

 

“For me, it’s just like, pay them” responded electronic artist and DIY-scene community organizer Sharmi Basu, with a laugh. The question posed was about how to account for the wide range of access to opportunity and safety between, say, a cisgender white gay man and a transgender black woman, while trying to unify the queer and trans new music community. They continued: “A lot of these questions are actually really simple — giving resources both financially and emotionally [to queer and trans artists of color] is a huge step towards changing these discrepancies, and making people feel loved and seen.”” - Sharmi Basu

— San Francisco Classical Voice

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