Sharmi Basu | Leonardo/ISASTwith Arizona State University

Sharmi Basu

Born and currently based in Oakland, CA, Sharmi Basu is a South Asian woman of color creating experimental music as a means of decolonizing musical language. She attempts to catalyze a political yet ethereal aesthetic by combining her anticolonial and antiimperialist politics with a commitment to spirituality within the arts. In addition to her compositions and solo electronic performances, Basu founded and hosts MARA, a performance and improvisation collective centered around queer, trans and/or womyn of color and is building The Universe Is Lit: Bay Area Black and Brown Punk Festival. Web:


Journal Articles

LMJ 30 Audio Companion

Sonic Commentary: Who The Hell Do You Think You Are? Contributors' Notes

December 2020