Yash Sahai

Yash Sahai


Western harmonisation techniques dominate the urban music landscape, irrespective of the
language of the song, since it is associated closely to the most popular instruments for composers
nowadays, the guitar and the piano.

The idea is to capture the flavor of the local music and couple it with western harmony. This
introduces the locals to a new style of music, while introducing the urban audience to the local
musicians in a more accessible manner.

The “shop” could hold interactive sessions. Rhythm exercises for kids and adults, creating beats and
vocal sections in a live session etc. All of this can be recorded and used. Folk songs, bedtime
lullabies, any and every song can be recorded. Think of a “Jam Room for All”. Local artists can
provide the right sonic landscape over which we can create a story about the community, in the
voice of its people.

The attempt would be to dissolve the boundaries between western and local music in an aesthetic
way, while bringing the local community closer together through the experience of live music.


(Almost) A week in Gunehar, HP 

The village of Gunehar is crawling with the sounds of nature. The local folk music and instruments do a brilliant job of integrating themselves with this soundscape. The city and the music I know are alien to this land, and the rhythm of the village lets me realize this in full measure. The idea is to place myself in this setting with my instruments and see how well can I dissolve myself through my music. As the ideas condense into a process, I will have more concrete evidence of this to share, but for now, listen to a few of the sounds I recorded over the week.