We here at Third Angle are so excited to bring to you our inaugural episode of Anything But Ordinary — our brand new podcast series! Recorded out of KBOO community radio studios, the podcast features interviews and music, and is hosted by Third Angles own Terry Gross wannabe Sarah Tiedemann!
In the first episode Sarah has Portland’s Creative Laureate and 3A choreography collaborator Subashini Ganesan as studio guest. Their conversation ranges through topics such as Bharatnatyamdance beyond the athletic body to building meaningful cross-cultural collaborations and artistic equity.
I grew up in two worlds. My parents were born and raised in India, and they moved to the United States in the 1980s. I was born in the U.S. and raised in a small, predominantly white suburb. My family frequently blended elements from both cultures. During meals, we would enjoy eating my mom’s spicy chicken curry and my dad’s palak paneer, alongside macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes. I grew up not realizing that this experience was unique, and I did not know any other identity besides this hybridized one.
Third Angle has a long tradition of celebrating the music of other cultures. In addition to tours to China and Thailand and commissioning international composers including Dai Fujikura, Narong Prangcharoen, and Wang A-Mao, our series of Music Now concerts (Japanese Music Now, Chinese Music Now, et. al.) has introduced 3A’s audiences to music they might not have experienced otherwise. These cross-cultural collaborations are vital in the world of contemporary music, particularly within our globalized contemporary society. Living in a reality broadened by Google, there is no excuse for hearing music only through Western-centric ears.