Monday, February 19, 2018

DSC_7794The Sixth Edition of IndiEarth XChange is all set to take place from 24th-26th November at The Park, Chennai. XChange is India’s definitive trade event for independent music, film and media, and provides a professional platform where world industry representatives, venue owners, media labels, musicians and independent filmmakers can connect. The landmark event will also feature three days of vibrant musical performances and film screenings, workshop sessions and panel discussions.

Music Beyond Borders

The music festival features headliners like world renowned British/ Indian ragga/dub artist Apache Indian, Canadian DJ Dubmatix – one of Canada’s premier dub, reggae and electro artists/producers and the 2010 JUNO Award Winner for Best Reggae Recording – and leading Australian DJ/producer Mr. Bill, known for his production expertise and his high energy performances. International musicians like French jazz act Steak will also feature at this year, as well as four-time winner of the Music of the Indian Ocean Prize from Reunion Island Maya Kamaty – presenting work from her brand new album Pandiye. Also from Reunion Island Saodaj’ will bring to life the traditional musical genre of the island with lyrics in French and Creole. Reputed violinist Jyotsna Srikanth – who has performed at leading global music events and venues like WOMAD, WOMEX, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall – seamlessly weaves between South Indian Classical and other genres, while international acts like psychedelic / experimental band Songjang Bul Le (Burying Beetle) from South Korea will feature for the first time in India at the festival. The Indian line up includes artists like Prabh Deep known for his hip-hop and Punjabi folk style of music, The Mandolin Sisters who perform classical Carnatic music, and alternative bands like Blushing Satellite, Black Letters, Small Talk, Staccato and the Bjorn Surao Band from Chennai, electronica artist Oceantied, and Gubbi known for his Kannada hip-hop style from Bengaluru.

A Space For Alternative Cinema

The film festival is curated by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Harold Monfils, director of the multiple-award winning EarthSync documentary Laya Project, director/producer of A Good Day To Die, Hoka Hey and founder of Monfils Pictures. The film festival will feature cinema from the US, Switzerland, Poland, Brazil, Malaysia, France and India. The line up includes films like Shu- De! by Michael Faulkner and Uncle Jessie White – Portrait of a Delta Blues directed by Anne Marie Graham-Hudak from the US; Where The Elephant Sleeps by Brigitte Uttar Kornetzky from Switzerland; Kapakappi and short film Two Brothers from India directed by Keyur Dekate and RB Singh respectively; Familias by Joffre Silva from Brazil; Our Little Town of Batory from Poland directed by Anna Dejczer-Galewicz; Gavin Yap’s Take Me To Dinner from Malaysia, and Nobody Dies Here directed by Simon Panay (France). ‘Redha’ from Malaysia – directed by Tunku Mona Riza – was also the country’s entry for the best foreign languange film at the 89th Academy Awards.

EarthSync in partnership with the Queensland University of Technology (Australia) and the KM Music Conservatory (India) will also organize the Indie100 India 2017 Program at IndiEarth XChange 2017 – a program designed to offer emerging independent musicians the valuable opportunity to be mentored, recorded, mixed and mastered by top Australian and Indian producers. The mentors include renowned producers like Dan Pratt – A producer and production instructor for Queensland University of Technology; Dr. Kristina Kelman – a lecturer in Music and Sound with 23 years of experience working as a professional musician and an educator; Dr. Adam Greig – an active performer, researcher and musicologist; and Sonya Mazumdar – Founder/CEO of EarthSync and founder of IndiEarth XChange.

XChange’s Workshop Program this year – an initiative under the EarthSync Academy – offers master classes and discussions with global industry professionals, and includes several engaging sessions – including a workshop with renowned producer Mr Bill known worldwide for his Ableton tutorials; a Documentary Film Master Class with filmmaker Harold Monfils; Voice Workshop: Vocal Tips, Tricks & Techniqueswith Australian musician/educator Kristina Kelman; Ideas & Tools For Bands Using Ableton Live with Israeli producer Yoav Rosenthal; Pre Production Songwriting: Writing Songs For The Studio with Australian producer/musician Dan Pratt; Home Studio Setups on Shoestring Budgets with DJ/producer Shiv Gupta (The Green Room), and Native Instruments: Komplete Kontrol Interactive Demo with musician/producer Vivin Kuruvilla – to name a few.