Beast Nest

Sharmi Basu is an Oakland born and based 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 anti-colonial and anti-imperialist politics with a commitment to spirituality within the arts. Beast Nest, Sharmi’s primary performing project, utilizes unwavering depression and restrained horror to channel left-eyed spirits. She has toured throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, and her “Decolonizing Sound” workshops have been featured at the International Society for Improvised Music and the Empowering Women of Color Conference. An MFA graduate of the Mills College CCM, Sharmi specializes in new media controllers and electronic music improvisation. She currently teaches Sound Art and Interactive Art at Ex’pression College. She is also founder of the all people-of-color improvisation group MARA Performance Collective in Oakland. and is an organizer of Universe is Lit: A Bay Area Black and Brown Punk Fest.