Turning Jewels Into Water, a deep-beat ceremonial think tank, unites Indian-born percussionist Ravish Momin and experimental Haitian electronic artist Val Jeanty. Together, they expose the dystopian present with a blast of retro-future, organic-meets-machine binary breakdown. Their debut Which Way Is Home? plots a liberated path through it all.
The alliance was initiated in the fall of last year in Brooklyn, NY, during a jam session at Pioneer Works, the creative locus for prime multi-disciplinary misadventure, where Momin held down an artist-in-residence slot. The two are the co-pilots of an enchanted émigré vessel, carrying a belly full of outcasts looking for new worlds, wishing away the past for a fresh beginning: Momin sourcing Indian, North African and Middle-Eastern traditions, liberated artefacts from a childhood spent in Mumbai and Bahrain, as Jeanty draws on her native vodou, communicating in cosmic pulse and sine wave from behind the command centre of her turntables.
Name: Ravish Momin. Ravish comes from the Persian “Ra” meaning sun and means “something that revolves around the sun”.
Currently: I am a full time drummer/electronic musician/educator. favourite colour: Prussian blue.
Favourite designer: Robert James (NYC).
Favourite Bollywood star: Gosh, stopped following Bollywood after I left India, but I’ll go old school and say Dev Anand!
Favourite Hollywood star: Mahershala Ali.
Favourite movie: Il Postino.
Favourite singers: Diamanda Galas, Marvin Gaye, Prince.
Favourite song: A Forest by The Cure.
Favourite TV show: Don’t watch TV.
Favourite ice cream flavour: Dark chocolate.
Favourite cuisine: Tibetan.
Favourite restaurant: Pongal (in NYC).
Favourite sport: Tennis.
Favourite sportsperson: Serena Williams.
Favourite book: Blindness by Jose Saramago.
Favourite activity: Playing drums.
I hang out: In Brooklyn, NY.
I’m freaked out by: Centipedes.
I need: To practise more!
I want to be: Mindful of my impact on the environment.
My role model: Prince. An incredibly well-rounded musician and composer, he also used his wealth and influence to give back to the community.
Tips to save the planet: Eat less meat!
In a perfect world: People of colour would have the same opportunities as white folk.
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