EITV 2021

VIRTUAL EDITION
MARCH 2020 - FEBRUARY 2021

Last year, as the world came to standstill, we had to cancel the festival that was scheduled to take place in Kirtipur.

This year, we are doing things differently. If the pandemic has imposed limitations on physical gatherings, it has also broken barriers and boundaries, opening us to newer possibilities. From a festival that focuses on traditional and folk music, we want to expand our definition to encompass artists of Nepali heritage who are spread in all corners of the world creating all sorts of music. We believe that Nepali musicians, regardless of their genre of music, language, location, instrument, are directly or indirectly contributing to Nepali music as a whole. In addition to a shift in our core focus, we are also changing our format from a one-day long music festival to a year-long asynchronous virtual event.

This year’s festival is an acknowledgement to the work they do while being so far away from home. It is a small thank you note. That is why this year’s theme is A LETTER HOME.

ARTISTS

AMAZUMI is a Nepali artist raised in Hong Kong, initiated into HipHop in London and artistically synthesized in Gent. Scoring national buzz in 2017 as one of 8 finalists of De Nieuwe Lichting in Belgium, she made her debut as AMAZUMI after releasing her single “V for Venom,” which circulated regularly on Belgian HipHop Spotify playlists, Studio Brussels, and MNM. She then went on a nation-wide tour with DJ Zami Zulu and Owen Perry Weston (Coely, Ndugu, PAARD, Big Whoop) to make her mark on the Belgian map. She has brought her raw, fiery sets in the Netherlands, Nepal, United Kingdom and Hong Kong. Her second single Hadouken! was snatched up by VIBE in 2019.

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Bartika Eam Rai is a singer/songwriter who, with the support and encouragement from her mother, started singing and performing at a young age. In 2010, she was a vocalist for the metal band, Gothica. After moving to New York City, she teamed up with Nepali-American musician, Diwas Gurung, and launched her solo career with her album, Bimbaakash (2016). Her lyricism and soulful singing has since garnered a large fan following with tours across the US, UK, India and Nepal.

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Formed in 2016, Surya Pun, Gobinda Sen, Sanket Lama, Kshitiz Moktan and Dipesh Hirachan make up this immigrant grindcore or “immigrindcore” band now based in New York City. Their name comes from the indigenous Chepang people who have been oppressed and had their land stolen by the Nepali state, upper class and upper caste people. Grindcore allows the band to express their pure unadulterated raw emotion against this kind of oppression and class warfare.

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Diwas Gurung is a multi-instrumentalist, music producer, singer and sound designer/editor from Kathmandu, Nepal currently living in Ithaca, NY, USA. He is widely known for his album Rato Mato (2008) which consisted of reinterpretations of Nepali folk songs. He was one of the founding members of Ayurveda, a progressive rock band based in Ithaca, which has been highly influential in the Nepali hard rock scene.

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Sharad, Ari and Toni make Kathmansinki, a jazz band from Helsinki. When Sharad was studying at the Pop & Jazz Conservatory in Helsinki, he formed a jazz group with a bass player, Ari Hossi, who not only became Sharad’s best friend but also his writing partner. A few years later, another good friend, Toni Nordlund, joined the band on drums. In 2017, they released their first eponymous album with all original tunes.

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Shreya Rai is a UK-based Nepali singer and songwriter. Her sublime voice has cast a spell over many in her home country as well as across the UK where she performs with the bands Namlo, Zantogola and many more while working on her debut solo album.

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Shristi was a fusion-trio from Kathmandu, formed around the mid 90s by three talented musicians: Parangat Moktan on tablas; Sanjay Shrestha on ethnic percussion; and Ashish Sinha on guitars. The band produced two instrumental albums and did two tours in the US with the world music ensemble World Colors. Shristi is best remembered for bringing ‘fusion’ music to the mainstream audiences in Nepal. They stopped performing as a band in the year 1999, but are reuniting especially for Echoes in the Valley Festival of Music 2021.

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Shubha G is an up-and-coming roots reggae artist with a unique blend of jazz, hip-hop and Afrobeat. He is currently working on his first album due to be released later this year. Subha G is based in London.

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Shyam Nepali comes from a lineage of centuries old Gandarbha musical tradition of Nepal, and for the past 30 years has carried and expanded the work of his grandfather, Magar Gaine, and his father Ram Sharan Nepali, both legendary sarangi players. Mentoring and fostering the next generation of sarangi players, Shyam is involved with Project Sarangi in Nepal and the Himalayan Heritage Cultural Academy in Boston, MA.

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“The Heart of Nepal” is a world music band created by multi-percussionist Manohar Gurung and santoorist and multi-instrumentalist Dan Blanchard. Dan and Manohar blend traditional folk melodies and festival songs from Nepal with Indian classical music and western composition in a modern production. The foundations of the album are the rhythms on madal and tabla; and the melodies of the folk songs played on the santoor and bansuri, filled out and supported by western elements of guitar, bass and keyboards.

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Topi is a pop/rock duo with an easy listening sound. The band was originally formed in 2006 with the goal of participating in an intra-college music competition. The original lineup of the band was Aava Shrestha (vocals), Anam Raj Sharma (guitar), Bikash Shrestha (drums), Pramithus Khadka (guitar) and Samip Bhattarai (bass). But like many college bands, band members pursued their own paths, and it was only in 2014 when Pramithus collaborated with Rohit Shakya for their album Mitho Bihani that TOPI came to be the band it is today. Fun fact: Pramithus and Rohit have never met in person till date.

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Formed in 2013, Wayam is an intimate, folk fusion-inspired conversation between two friends, singer/songwriter Susant Bista and guitarist/producer Subash Poudel. Wayam is something of a fluid project centered around Susant and Subash but throughout the years the band has welcomed other like-minded musicians for recording.

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EITV 2021 OPENER

We believe that enriching musicians takes more than just music education and/ or small performances. Emerging and aspiring musicians need to be validated and lifted through concerted efforts in providing them consistent and quality platforms and exposure. There will be no greater inspiration or confidence boost than to perform alongside some of the greats that they look up to both locally and internationally. EITV Opener is intended for just that. We want to extend the opportunity to Nepali artists/bands from any genre who may be fresh out of music school, or just starting their journey as first time performers to be the opening act at our festival.


Watch their performance below.

Ankuran

Appeal Paudel

Flying Spirit

Fret

Kalki

Luckey Sherpa

Madhadhi

Nanashi

PSNOBS

CONFLUENCE

Echoes in the Valley (EITV) Music Conference 2021

Saturday, 18 September 2021 | 11 AM – 12:30 PM (Nepal) | Live on Zoom

Music Copyright and Royalty in Nepal

EITV is committed to create an engaging platform for the exchange of practices, experiences, research, and philosophies.


This year, we are dedicating a day of conferencing around the theme of music rights, particularly issues of copyright and royalty in Nepal. Through conversations and interactions between stakeholders (musicians, music businesses, educators, policy makers and students), we will explore questions around how and why it is important to obtain just recognition and fair remuneration for the work of any musician. Stakeholders will provide their insights on the current situation in Nepal and discuss ways forward.

SCHEDULE

11:00 - 11:10 am Panel Introduction by Dikshant Uprety (Moderator)

11:10 - 11:20 am Bishnu K. Bhattarai, Registrar, Nepal Copyright Registrar’s Office, Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation, Government of Nepal

11:20 - 11:30 am Santosh Sharma, Founder/Owner, Music Nepal, and Member Secretary, Nepal Music Center (NMC)

11:30 am - 11:40 am Barta Gandharba, Folk Singer/Songwriter/Music Composer

11:40 - 11:50 am Rohit John Chettri, Musician

11:50 - 11:55 am Priyanjana Bhattarai, Intellectual Property and Information Lawyer

11:55 - 12:00 pm Ritavrat Joshi, Musician, Cofounder at Noodle

12:00 - 12:25 pm Floor open for discussion

12:25 - 12:30 pm Closing Notes: Riju Tuladhar, Co-founder/Festival Chair, EITV


PANELISTS

Barta Gandharba: Barta is a folk singer/songwriter/music composer based in Kathmandu. A flagbearer of indigenous Gandharba music tradition, Barta is the only female professional Sarangi player in the country who also teaches globally.

Bishnu K. Bhattarai, is an Under Secretary of the Government of Nepal and is currently the Registrar at the Nepal Copyright Registrar's Office. She completed her fellowship in Intellectual Property from KOICA and SIDA in 2014. She has initiated awareness programs in several districts of Nepal and has contributed in policy making in Intellectual Property.
Priyanjana Bhattarai:
Priyanjana Bhattarai is an Intellectual Property and Entertainment Lawyer based in Nepal. Through her initiative Kala Legal, she works with independent Musicians, Illustrators, and other Creators, helping them protect their interests through legal counsel.

Ritavrat Joshi: A full time Renewable Energy Engineer and a professional musician, currently involved in six projects as producer/bassist/lyricist. Founder of the pioneer music streaming platform Noodle Rex, and a promoter of original bands/artists.
Rohit John Chhetri: Rohit John Chhetri is a singer, musician, music producer, lyricist and guitarist from Kathmandu. He was a part of the Nepalese rock band 1974 AD in 2015. His song 'Bistarai Bistarai' have received more than six million views.
Santosh Sharma: A pioneer in the Nepali music industry Santosh Sharma is the founder and owner of Music Nepal. Mr. Sharma is also the Chairman of Copyright Protection Society of Nepal (CPSN), the first copyright society of Nepal. CPSN has helped to bring new copyright law and worked to strengthen the copyright regime in the country. He is also the Member Secretary at Nepal Music Center (NMC), a school of music in Kathmandu.


MODERATOR
Dikshant Uprety, he is a PhD Candidate in Ethnomusicology at the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University, USA. Besides academia.He is also a founding board member of 3iR, a research institution based in Kathmandu.

Please write to echoesinthevalley@gmail.com or call 9843618675 (Robin) for any queries.

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