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Press Release |  12 Feb 2019 19:13 |  By RnMTeam

Red Bull Music presents Sandunes and Richard Spaven

MUMBAI: Trans-continental collaboration will see Indian electronica artist and world-renowned drummer re-interpret each other’s work for two shows, in Mumbai and Delhi this February

For two days in February, Indian electronica artist Sandunes and master drummer Richard Spaven will introduce audiences in Mumbai and Delhi to a new world of sound and bold improvisation.

Presented by Red Bull Music, this trans-continental collaboration will see the two artists re-interpreting each other’s work to arrive at a new sound-world and live-performance that is a combination of structure and improvisation.

Two shows have been announced, 22 February in Mumbai and 23 February in New Delhi and tickets are available here at

Sandunes and Richard Spaven

Composer and beatsmith, and a part of the Red Bull International Artist Development programme, Sandunes begins 2019 on the back of a stellar 2018 which saw her tour Europe with drummer Tarun Balani with appearances at Roskilde Festival and the famous Jazz Café in London, and support London-based producer George Fitzgerald on two shows in the UK.

Sandunes was also part of the ‘All That Must Be' remixes album that Fitzgerald put out in November, that also included reworks by Moby, TOKiMONSTA, Special Request, Kornél Kovács & Matt Karmil, HAAi, DJ Seinfeld, Earlham Mystics and DJ Tennis.

2018 also saw the re-release of the 2016-shot, Red Bull TV global series, Searching For Sound, which featured Sandunes alongside artists like Baauer, Yosi Horikawa amongst others. For her episode, Sandunes catalogued the rich sonic tapestry of Mumbai to create both new sounds as well as a free library of samples.

Sandunes’s sonic identity has evolved alongside her journey from pianos to production. Her performances over the last five years reveal an appetite for integrating studio and stage, making her the perfect foil for Spaven’s freeform stylings.

“This collaboration has come together at a time where performance-practice has been high on my list of skills to strengthen, and I'm really excited to explore various dimensions of that with Richard, in live settings,” says Sandunes aka Sanaya Ardeshir ahead of the February shows.

A much sought-after performer who has toured with the likes of José James, Flying Lotus, The Cinematic Orchestra and Jameszoo, it’s in his own compositions that Spaven shows a glimpse of a realm where jazz meets electronica and soundtracks. His albums are an aural adventure, led by genre-defying drumming and bridge the gap between the worlds of jazz and electronic music.

On Real Time, his second full-length album that released in November 2018, Spaven has enlisted the help of Stuart McCallum, guitarist of the Cinematic Orchestra and long-time collaborator, along with neo-soul singer Jordan Rakei (Ninja Tune).

On collaborating with Sandunes for this project, Spaven said, “We aim to make some new music, some music that reflects some of our own compositions and the odd surprise. I aim to include plenty of my London influences, but that said I’m very open-minded and inspired to work with Sanaya. We will do our best to come away with recordings of the project... a record being the ultimate achievement!”

Gig details
Date: 22 February

Day: Friday

City: Mumbai

Venue: G5A

Line-up: Red Bull Music Presents Sandunes a Richard Spaven 


Date: 23 February

Day: Saturday

City: New Delhi

Venue: Shed 9

Line-up: Red Bull Music Presents Sandunes and Richard Spaven