The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Priya Darshini’s Periphery with opener Kimaya Diggs at the Academy of Music Theatre

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Priya Darshini’s Periphery with opener Kimaya Diggs at the Academy of Music Theatre

DATE: Saturday, October 7, 2023, at 8:00 PM, Doors Open at 7:00 PM

LOCATION: The Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060

TICKETS: The Academy of Music Theatre Box Office

“Between the columns, a window opens to another world, to the unimaginable, and that wonderful voice of Priya Darshini!” – Hi Fidelity Magazine

Born in Chennai, raised in Mumbai, India, and based in New York, Priya Darshini’s distinct style takes inspiration from her diverse cultural and life experiences. Rooted in Hindustani Classical music and jazz, “Priya Darshini takes a Bjork-sized leap into minimalist, vocal-led experimental music [with her project] Periphery,” – Rolling Stone India

Coupled with her improvisational mastery and vast knowledge of music from around the world, Priya’s music is elegant, tranquil, virtuosic, intricately layered, and pushes compositional boundaries. As John Schafer of WNYC remarks “[Priya Darshini’s] music incorporates a world of influences and lives on the periphery, much like herself.”

In 2020, Priya Darshini released her debut solo album – Periphery – on Chesky Records, and was nominated for GRAMMY® Award for Best New Age Album. In 2021, Variety Magazine listed her amongst 10 Grammy-Nominated Women to Know, while Tatler Asia listed her amongst “Six Asian women changing the face of music around the world.”

Beyond her achievements in music, Priya Darshini is an accomplished ultra-marathoner, an entrepreneur, an environmental advocate, and actress. She is on the board of the International Wildlife Coexistence Network, as well as the Mumbai-based non-profit Jana Rakshita.

Priya’s debut at The Academy of Music will feature hammered dulcimer pioneer Max ZT (House of Waters, Karsh Kale), Grammy nominated cellist Dave Eggar (Michael Brecker, Evanescence, Coldplay), and versatile percussionist-drummer Patrick Duke Graney (Jamey Haddad). Priya Darshini’s performance will explore the intersections between Jazz, Indian Classical music, folk music, and improvisation. Darshini’s goal is to create a one-of-a-kind space where these musical traditions can come together, sparking new and exciting artistic expressions.

“Priya Darshini’s album, Periphery, stands out as a beacon of hope for cultural unanimity.” – Elle Magazine

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Opener Kimaya Diggs

Kimaya Diggs was born and raised in Western Massachusetts. After moving away for a while, touring with international folk music ensemble Northern Harmony, studying opera, and falling in love with the guitar, Diggs moved back to the valley and released her debut album Breastfed in 2018. Breastfed was co-produced by LuxDeluxe member Jacob Rosazza, and the single “How Am I Sposta Know” landed in the top ten on 93.9 The River’s Best New Songs of 2018.

Her second album, Quincy, was recorded during the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021. During this time, Diggs lost her mother from a long illness, a longtime musical mentor, and her dog. Born from intersecting arcs of grief, Quincy is a joyful album, a story masterfully told in an agile, open-hearted voice that could only come from Kimaya Diggs.

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