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Let My Country Awake - National Sawdust

‘Let My Country Awake’ Bishi's new album written for Voice Looper, Sitar & Electronics was co- produced with composer & sound designer, Jeff Cook, and was originally commissioned by National Sawdust NYC, in January 2018.
The title, ‘Let My Country Awake,’ is a line taken from Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Where The Mind is Without Fear,’ which was the jewel in the crown of the Nobel Prize-winning ‘Gitanjali,’ in 1910. The poem, composed when India was under British rule, is written in the form of a prayer for true freedom for a country.

Bishi premieres 'Let My Country Awake,' at National Sawdust by Anthony Mulcahey
Bishi premieres 'Let My Country Awake,' at National Sawdust by Anthony Mulcahey
Bishi premieres 'Let My Country Awake,' at National Sawdust by Anthony Mulcahey

The album is part-inspired by the groundbreaking essay collection, ‘The Good Immigrant,’ edited by Nikesh Shukla, whose voice is sampled along with writer, Darren Chetty, from personal interviews about their thoughts on race, identity & belonging. The song ‘Shade,’ is a direct response to the writer, Salena Godden’s ‘Shade’ - a revolutionary polemic decrying the perils of racism in the modern age. 

Having trained in Eastern & Western Classical Music and experienced performing in a Bulgarian Choir, Indian Classical & Bulgarian Choral Music play a major influence in Bishi's composition & songwriting technique. Both Asian & East European immigrants have enriched & revolutionised the landscape of The West.

Major musical influences include electronic producers; Burial and Arca & vocalists such as Lisa Gerrard & Meredith Monk, who Bishi studied with during the recording of the album in New York. ‘Let My Country Awake,’ is a call to Arms to explore our differences so that we may find more unity & empathy in a divided world.