Had an absolute blast last Saturday @lprnyc 🖤 Thanks @aroojaftabmusic for organizing such a beautiful night of music for the first installment of #sauve . Kudos to the amazing musicians on the bill! To the audience who was there, thanks for your sublime energy which I felt the whole way. Here’s a bite of my opening track Salt Land which I mixed in with ‘Aizan’ from my latest EP Contra. Full video *linkinbio Photos by my dear friend @jeffelstone
Getting ready for #sauve @lprnyc tomorrow! Hope you can make it to this amazing line up curated by the lovely @aroojaftabmusic Sets by @noiagisela @aroojaftab @rafiqbhatia @browniebonbon77 Nicole @hundredwaters Jeremy @chromesparks @gyanriley @muchgrey And more 🏽 Doors are at 6pm. You don’t want to miss this ️
It may be that our cosmic curiosity… is a genetically-encoded force that we illuminate when we look up and wonder. ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson Visiting the mn tonight. Photo by Andres Burgos #everythingiseverything #fullmooninaquarius #sturgeonmoon #quantumphysics #vandamner #vandanamusic
Resign yourself to the influence of the earth 🏽📸by @manuelgrecony
Thank you @abbeyroadstudios for the shout out 🏽🖤🏽 and for including ‘Ahsa’ from Contra on your #abbeyroadcuts Spotify playlist! Big love for Christian Wright and @andrewtmackay @bohemiajunction for doing such an amazing job mastering it
The desert is a hunter. Serpentine hiss of slithering sand. Watch out for a new music video with @jennifertzarcreative @reginaharris 🖤 📸 by @manuelgrecony
Contra has arrived. Streaming on all platforms. *linkinbio Contra comprises of re-imaginations of Indian and Pakistani songs from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. My aim has been to re-discover these songs which I grew up listening to as an avant-pop, experimental expression. Going back to my roots and connecting with it musically delivered some sort of cosmic liberation. This has been a sweet, powerful and generous process, one I am proud of. Creation is a mystery I somewhat recognize, and there are others which can’t be dominated. I am sharing my playground with you, now in the ether, existing as a collective, not solitary. I hope you will love it. Playing here is Aizan, a re-work of the gorgeous Nazia Hasan’s Boom Boom, a sublime and haunting disco track. A humble thank you from my heart to all the brilliant creatives involved in the making of this ~ Joshua Druckman @outliermusic , Christian Wright @abbeyroadstudios , @andrewtmackay @bohemiajunction , @threeasfour , @mazmith , @dan_smith_music , Jennifer Tzar, Regina Harris, @fadimoris @manuelgrecony . YOU ARE RAD.
There is life on Mars.
Ahsila from the EP Contra is now streaming on Spotify *linkinbio I want to know how this song makes you feel ️ Mixed by Joshua Druckman @outliermusic Mastered by Christian Wright @abbeyroadstudios ~ Mastering co-ordinator @andrewtmackay @bohemiajunction @mazmith does additional fuzz magic on his Prophet
Location scouting in #wadirum for new #musicvideo with @jennifertzarcreative & @reginaharris
To witches and shadow walkers. Thanks for having me @popmatters 🏽 Full video link*inbio “The otherworldly tone of Vandana’s video seems to border on the supernatural. Slowly-moving figures climb rocks and perform sinuous dances against an enchantingly barren backdrop of desert canyons, while Vandana’s electrifying voice echoes, slowly climbing higher and higher in a free-flowing rendition of a disco classic. “Ahsa” shows a creative mind simultaneously on the cutting edge of electropop and inspired by past decades of Indian and Pakistani sounds. Vandana draws on both the old and the new for this video and her upcoming EP Contra. Sleek “Ahsa” demonstrates modern sensibilities informed by the past, but facing the future, with space-age aesthetics to boot.”https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/v/t50.2886-16/68797608_430808420858241_7868276527450670601_n.mp4?_nc_ht=scontent.cdninstagram.com&oe=5D5867C5&oh=5d793e282f33beb3ed061eee93568774
New EP coming soon. Ears and hearts are open 🏼https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/v/t50.2886-16/37169188_1695911223863858_5427982010313438051_n.mp4?_nc_ht=scontent.cdninstagram.com&oe=5D58624C&oh=251a29a982104df3647059f9fbbc9f11
Spoke to the beautifully curated @lvl3official about making music, my upcoming EP Contra, stealing plant cuttings and more. Thank you for having me LVL3 🖤 *linkinbio And️️ playing new tunes August 17th @lprnyc as part of the #sauve Festival alongside an amazing line up curated by @aroojaftabmusic ! Get your tix! Photo by Jennifer Tzar. Make up by Regina Harris. Mirror suit by @threeasfour
I grew up listening to #ZoobieZoobie from the Bollywood film Dance Dance and my emotions are still jammed on it. So I’m making my own dark-wave-y version. Here’s another little bite of what’s coming.
An ode to the feminine. An ode to making room for ourselves. NEW VIDEO NOW PLAYING ️ *linkinbio Ahsa is also streaming on Spotify ️ Thank you to the amazing Jennifer Tzar, Regina Harris, @threeasfour @fadimoris @manuelgrecony Joshua Druckman @outliermusic @andrewtmackay Christian Wright @abbeyroadstudios @aviavi @mazmith @dan_smith_music 🖤 for your heart-ful creativity and faith in this project.
Sound bite from upcoming collection of music honoring my roots #ZOOBIEZOOBIE
My video for #Ahsa #raatbaaki taken from the upcoming album #contra just premiered via @popmatters 🏽 I’m so excited to share this with you. With love from me to you 🖤 I hope you love it! *linkinbio Directed by Jennifer Tzar. Make up and shadow muse played by Regina Harris. Magical wardrobe generous courtesy of @threeasfour Love and thanks to @fadimoris @manuelgrecony for their kindness and hard work ️ . . . . #ashabhosle #avantgarde #experimentalmusic #experimentalpop #vandanamusic #synthwave #womeninmusic #darkwave #vandamner #newvideotoday #contra #ahsa #raatbaaki #amitabhbachchan
I am so excited to share this with you 🏼Video for AHSA [Raat Baaki] taken from my upcoming record Contra is premiering on the 9th of July. Tune in to my YouTube channel for updates. *linkinbio Directed by Jennifer Tzar. Make up and shadow muse played by Regina Harris. Magical wardrobe generous courtesy of the one and only @threeasfour . . . . . #homegrown #avantgarde #experimentalmusic #experimentalpop #vandanamusic #synthwave #womeninmusic #darkwave #vandamnerhttps://scontent.cdninstagram.com/v/t50.2886-16/66143127_107995970367988_709511901905663276_n.mp4?_nc_ht=scontent.cdninstagram.com&oe=5D584808&oh=a484851d080ff872e16dc0b29da43ba7
We always want to see what is hidden by what we see. #magritte
Video for AHSA [Raat Baaki] from my upcoming record Contra is premiering on July 9th. ️ Subscribe to my YouTube channel *linkinbio for a ping when the video goes live. Directed by Jennifer Tzar. Make up and shadow muse played by Regina Harris. Scroll to find bites of the original Raat Baaki from the 1982 film Namak Halal, sung by Asha Bhosle, performed by the lovely Parveen Babi.
Epic night @caravangitane. Photo by the lovely @nadiakaufhold
M🌘🌘Ns and stars later, I give you Contra. First video premiering on July 8th 👁👁 Photo by Jennifer Tzar. Image by me.
With love from me to you, 60’s and 70’s Indian and Pakistani music made dark-wave-y, fuzzy and wistful ~ coming your way this fall. My roots are giving birth to a new and voluptuous me. Let me subvert you. ☯
Another one from the series my dear friend @jeffelstone shot last year. Might share another next but I promise to make it the last one for a while 🙃 Make up by Regina Harris ️️️
Disco, disco mystic Disco, disco mystic Disco, disco mystic … repeat ~ Lou Reed
I’ve been having a blast tracking and mixing at @outliermusic . This place is epic. Joshua is a supremely talented engineer and mixer, so dedicated and full of love for music. Thank you from my heart Josh, for the magnificent joy of collaborating with you and for being a super human all around We’re soon coming to a close and I can’t wait to share my new Contra world with you. Been meaning to share this photo taken by my dear friend and amazing photographer @jeffelstone since our do whatever we want shoot from last year. It’s still is one of my favourite shoots to date because we had so much fun and hit a strong bond ever since. Make up by Regina Harris ️ Prayer hands because I have a lot to be thankful for and I love this photo. Rings @antoniamiletto @pitangorings
Chaos, leave me never. Keep me wild And keep me free So that brokenness will be, The only beauty The world will see. ~ R.M. Drake Photo by @davidterranova
This room sounds sooo warm and fuzzy. Josh @outliermusic Day 2 of mixing, #zoobie here from upcoming record #contra
I pass and I stay, like the Universe. ~ Alberto Caeiro
Luckiest gal to have spent the last two weeks drenching my reeds in this honey courtesy of @outliermusic 🏽 Mixing the new record at the spectacular #retreatrecording studio #outlierinn next week. Wooooo
I have named you queen. There are taller than you, taller. There are purer than you, purer. There are lovelier than you, lovelier. But you are the queen. ~ Pablo Neruda Jaan from Nox Anima. Full song *Link In Bio*
Summoning this moody, wintry waltz this am. One of my @thomyorke favourites #suspirium
You can never get away from where you’ve been. ~ Margaret Atwood Raven Black from Nox Anima. Full song *Link In Bio*
This space has been silent. New album Contra arriving August ‘19
I want to do with you what spring does with cherry trees. ~ Pablo Neruda Arp from Anti Venus LP. Full song *Link In Bio*
Here’s to strong, compassionate women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them. The future is together ladies ️ I love you so damn much.
magic tricks with🏽team @jeffelstone @reginaharris
I think I can fly 🕊 Second skin silk dress by @yashvardhan_india #belight
Love affair with Rajputana. Photo by my gorgeous brother @yashvardhan_india
Riding around in the inimitable black and yellow taxis of this great metropolis. Everything in Bombay is as fascinating and technicoloured as it is fraught with staggering contradictions. There’s a narrative everywhere you look, a narrative of hope and courage. Photo by @devanshiag 🏽
I’m home #india
Love is like the wind and it blows when it comes. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s Kinna Sona Tenu from my upcoming India x Pakistan inspired record.
Don’t forget to pat and pet yourself this Sunday. Life isn’t easy, everybody has their share of strain to go through, we gotta live, give and be graceful, and first through self love, as indulgent as that may seem sometimes. Zoobie Zoobie from my upcoming India x Pakistan inspired record.
A new moon teaches gradualness and deliberation and how one gives birth to oneself slowly. Patience with small details makes perfect a large work, like the universe. ~ #rumi A #chiaroscuro exploration of Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s Kinna Sona Tenu from my upcoming India x Pakistan inspired project.
The wind is your fan. #punintended
It’s my birthday and I’m feeling every bit of joy and awe today. #innorushtowardsthefuture
Wishing for us all the utmost magnificence, peace, love and creativity this coming cycle, like this 2700 year old ancient beauty. I love you
Good things come to those who sit still. In a different kind of studio for #artist @bernardosiciliano 🤘🏽
Just chillin and trying to look good. Photo by @siouxnesi for Brooklyn Street Style @abramsbooks
Chin up, otherwise you are just looking at your own boobs all day. 🙃 Photo by the lovely @siouxnesi for Brooklyn Street Style @abramsbooks
Sending healing love and compassion out West for the safety of human beings, animals, plants and forests. Please unite in prayer and generosity to help victims and displaced beings return home, soon and safely. Unfortunately the horrible and idiot president of the United States is still in denial about the pressing and devastating effects of global warming, but we can do our bit, consciously and aware that every little change to our daily lifestyle and our choices makes a difference to the overall health and well being of our planet, this beautiful land we call home but every so often disrespect and forget to look after. Her’s is a beating, vital, ever giving heart which supports us daily, let’s give back to her, in any which way possible. But LET’S GIVE. Every nation has it’s own crisis, it is our duty as citizens and inhabitants of our own to care for it. We are responsible for everything happening now and in the future, so let’s make even a small effort, every single day. Sending money is almost always the most efficient way to help in a disaster, according to the Center for International Disaster Information. If volunteers on the ground end up with a mountain of donated goods, they’ll have to spend time sorting through them rather than buying exactly what’s needed. The wildfire has left 31 people dead and the 150,000 displaced could be months away from returning home. No amount is too little, if you can, please donate to The California Community Foundation Wildfire Relief Fund @calfund and The Humane Society of Ventura County is accepting animals evacuating from the Hill and Woolsey fires, and they’re also looking for support. Donation link in my bio. #plantmoretrees #consumeless #reuse #loveeachother #helpeachother #careforourplanet We will be rewarded.
When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure. #petermarshall #newmusic #fleeting #lifeistoday #vandanamusic
Germinating a seed #toloveandtohurt
Another one from the @imagista QnA feature on my upcoming album. Photography by @jennifertzarcreative Make-up by @reginaharris Ear cuff by @houseofmalakai ️thanks @fadimoris & @manuelgrecony 🖤
Did some conversing with @imagista about my upcoming album ️thanks @jennifertzarcreative and @reginaharris for a fun and vivid morning in the Wadi Rum desert. Thanks @imagista and @katinagee for the lovely QnA feature! Nose pin by @manisharorafashion for @amrapalijewels Full interview – theimagista.com
#boomboom Sunday mood. Work in progress ️
Every day above earth is a good day. ~ Ernest Hemingway 📸by @manuelgrecony
Spot the difference game 🙃
Hi!! I AM BACK. I shot a video and album art in Jordan, got arrested for witchcraft and devil worshipping there, wrote a bunch of new music for my upcoming album in London, my sister got happily married, and I enjoyed being a beach bum for 10 days in Sicily. Those were the good bits and this is a confession. This is my first post in almost a month and the anxiety and duress I have been feeling over my #InstagramFast is a bit hilarious but equally dumbing and horrifying. Working on a single post sometimes takes 2-3 hours out of my day, from choosing which photo to post to coming up with a good caption, to making sure it stays true to my mood and story, to adding all the relevant tags and timing it perfectly. ALL of this drains me, especially when I am ‘away’. I absolutely fucking love sharing my work but the pressure and fear of not doing so feels very real, of course it largely comes from within me, my own bulldozer brain telling me to make contact for fear of ghosting my followers, very much feels like I’m losing my grip over reality, my grip on priorities. And yet, I just can’t stay away. What matters most to me is being creative, with my music and my art, and Instagram has certainly allowed me to hone my skills, and even further, be vulnerable and expressive with my voice, even shameless and care-free, but spending so much time obsessing over a photo or caption or just the fear of not even having one trashes my priorities a bit. The pure thrill which comes with staring at beauty without taking a photo of it is riveting and one which social media cannot compete with. Well, I don’t have much more or anything moving to say right now, I will be mulling this over and would love to hear if you fancy a similar suspicion. p.s. I spent 2 hours on this post but it totally feels worth it.
Her source is within.
Awakening is not a thing. It is not a goal, not a concept. It is not something to be attained. It is a metamorphosis. If the caterpillar thinks about the butterfly it is to become, saying ‘And then I shall have wings and antennae,’ there will never be a butterfly. The caterpillar must accept its own disappearance in its transformation. When the marvelous butterfly takes wing, nothing of the caterpillar remains. ~ Alejandro Jodorowsky 🐆 I WELCOME THIS YEAR!!! #vandanamusic #vandamner #antivenus #noxanima #vandanajain
#mood @caravangitane Halloween 2017. Dark night version of Vicious from my record Nox Anima. With @kaeoflux
Nox Anima Temple.
Halloween night @caravangitane with @kaeoflux . All of this life is a vast playground ️Thanks to all my friends and lovers for a great time ️ 📸 by @uldericomicara @wuwa13 @missanushka
Post show happiness. Thank you you crazy beautiful @caravangitane girls, last night was magical. 🐆 Snippets coming soon ️
This Friday, October 27th, I am performing decked out with a broken leg at an electric night curated by the magnetic female collective @caravangitane . Together, we will be in the other world, chimerical. DM me for discount tickets. 🐆
Every jungle needs a delicate beast. #vandana
Anchored to the positive. Not the crutches 🙃 #myinjuryisempowering #selflove #takecharge #beautifullybroken #strongwomen #inspirationoftheday #inspired #vandanamusician
It’s been 14 days now since I broke my right fibula and damaged a bunch of ligaments. The first week felt like a month, time didn’t make the slightest movement. After a few days of getting past the anger and the seeming needlessness of my injury, came true appreciation for the message to slow down and pay attention to what’s most important. I know why this was brought to me. Beautiful, deep, intense lesson, and a long recovery ahead. I’ve been writing, drawing and painting, making melodies on my dad’s Casio VL Tone, reading and meditating. It’s a liberation of sorts from the prison of the rational, constantly needing to prove and do something important construct. I’m thankful for it. Our bodies are magic machines that we take for granted. Never has walking seemed like a gift. This is my current reality dance. In which no literal dancing is involved but all sorts of other mysteries are waiting for me to go find them and perhaps I’ll invent some of my own too.
Not vexed, just in a zone. Stay tuned for a video of our performance @threesbrewing ~ with @vandamner @aroojaftabmusic @cha.greve
Females Rule. Last night @threesbrewing @vandamner @aroojaftab @cha.greve Video coming soon. #vandamner #antivenus #vandanamusic #noxanima #experimentalmusic #electronicmusic #sufimusic
Playing an impromptu set with @aroojaftabmusic this Monday at @threesbrewing Swing by for fiery synth and vocal magic. #vandanamusic #vandamner #antivenus #noxanima #aroojaftab
“Devine Feminine energy has come through the veil to awaken humanity to its true power in love.” Well said @mysticmamma This is a chance for all of us to wake up to our unity , and our responsibilities to each other, to Mother Earth and to the future. #powerful #solareclipse
My shield. My hair.
It is only in the world of objects that we have time and space and selves. ~ T.S. Elliot @vandamner Photo by Andres Burgos.
I don’t care what you think, I’m wearing a black padded bra. Upcoming album bringing you soon. @vandamner
Dream work with a knock out team. Upcoming album Nox Anima album cover shoot. @davidterranova @adurasova @princessefeline @vandamner
Enter the center of the fire. @vandamner
Putting on all my bangles for tonight’s Brooklyn Raga Massive. See you there! @vandamner
After-Burn chill in Sequoia Part II @vandamner
After Burn chill in Sequoia. @vandamner
In @nancystellasoto kimono for Brooklyn Street Style @abramsbooks
Brooklyn Street Style @abramsbooks @bkstyle_sioux thumbs up for beautifully printed matter and thank you. @vandamner
Big love to Brooklyn Street Style @abramsbooks for including me in their gorgeously printed No Rules Guide to Fashion alongside some pretty wicked ladies. @siouxnesi what an amazing photographer you are girl! @ashtonmichaella harem pants, @laced_with_romance kimono. @vandamner
Ghost town of great vintage cars. @vandamner
Almost at the land of strange fruits. @vandamner
PMS remedy : keep calm and love thy social super ego. @vandamner
Another outtake by the lovely @siouxnesi for @bkstylebook @abramsbooks coming this fall・・・ @vandamner @bkstylebook @abramsbooks ️
Thanks to the lovely @siouxnesi for the gorgeous out takes for @bkstylebook coming this fall・・・ Brooklyn Style Beauty @vandamner @bkstylebook @abramsbooks @nancystellasoto kimono duh
You have no idea how hard I’ve looked for a gift to bring You. Nothing seemed right. What’s the point of brining gold to the gold mine, or water to the ocean. Everything I came up with was like taking spices to the Orient. It’s no good giving my heart and my soul because you already have these. So I’ve brought you a mirror. Look at yourself and remember me. ~ Rumi @vandamner
To all our gorgeous NYC creatures who danced with us! @miskiuz for the rad photos. With @kaeoflux @mreliasmeister @vandamner
Raven black. @vandamner
What a fantastic night this was!!! Thanks for making it mad fun, we love fuzzy and warm @nublunyc I love my incredible musicians @kaeoflux @meister_elias Yusuke Yamamoto and I love you all > @vandamner
I’m playing this Thursday at the amazing Nublu, in celebration of its 13th Anniversary. Join me homies! Playing with the fantastic @kaeoflux @meister_elias @vandamner
Playing Nublu, Nyc JUNE 25th! And just for today, a free download of Ecstatic from Anti Venus! @vandamner
I& afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of it& meaning. ~Andy Warhol @vandamner
Smoked kohl. Squirt it in the eye. @vandamner
Twelve nights in the orient. @vandamner
Email me at email@example.com to get a free download of my full length Anti Venus. @vandamner
The secret room. Where stillness is a virtue. @vandamner
Come, see real flowers of this painful world. ~Bashō @vandamner
It& time to shed your winter skin. @vandamner
In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt. ~Margaret Atwood @vandamner
The mind is a watery space today. @vandamner
Tiger, tiger, burning bright In the forests of the night, what immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry? ~ William Blake @vandamner
Your wires cut my circuitry. Perfect and rhythmic. @vandamner
Do join those who drink too much wine on Easter Sunday. @vandamner
Shoot myself in the face and edit the pieces. @vandamner
Kindness is the greatest virtue. And those without it are missing out on the beautifullest feeling.
Come. My Rococo lover. Until ashes ashes. @vandamner
Selfie a day @vandamner
Selfie a day @vandamner
I'm infinite. Look around the eyes. @vandamner #vandanajain #antivenus #vandamner #opart #opticalillusion #illusion #glitchart #art #albumart
Anti Venus Party Dec. 6th 2013
We are so excited for the ANTI VENUS PARTY this December 6th at La Sala, Cantina Royal in Williamsburg.
Starting off the night at 10 P.M. with an incredible hour long DJ set by Kodomo, then to our own live act with Yusuke Yamamoto, Ryan Casey, myself and a very special appearance by Federico Aubele on guitar. A serious dance party follows with my favourite Modest P.
We have created beautiful video projections spanning across three high ceiling walls in collaboration with the fantastic Andres Burgos . Andres and I created this short promo video for the song Ecstatic from Anti Venus and are working on a video for Mask for which we had a test shoot day yesterday, here are a couple of out-takes from the shoot.
This is a strictly RSVP only party, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gorgeous night, I can’t wait to party with you!
Anti Venus BlackBook Exclusive
BlackBook Magazine premiered this amazing write up and exclusive stream of my debut full length ANTI VENUS out tomorrow, well, in a few minutes!
I hope you love it.
Get your free copy of the debut full length ANTI VENUS!
I can’t contain my excitement for the launch of ANTI VENUS this tuesday Oct. 29th!
I talked about my obsession for hearing albums in their entirety on the Beautiful Savage feature QnA and have taken this opportunity to give away digital copies with the complete artwork as well as a beautiful short promo video made by the amazing Andres Burgos to the first 50 of you who tweet or share a few words about the album on Facebook or on Twitter, just make sure to tag @Vandamner on twitter and Vandana Jain on facebook. As soon as I receive your tag, you will get a link and a unique download code to your copy of Anti Venus.
I truly appreciate all the support I have been getting from you all, it means that everyday I get to wake up excited to make batter art. Thank you!
Your Tote + My Tote
Hello beebeez! Welcome to my freshly updated website now visible on all your mobile bling, thanks to Joseph Mueller for making this happen, as well as the creative additions!
I want to start off by talking about something I’m crazy mad about, the ANTI VENUS album art created by MYSELF and the lovely and talented MAY LIN LE GOFF. She is exhibiting her new works at Site/109 on the 7th of November, you need to check her out.
Here are the pieces from the album art.
Now let’s talk about the doubly mentioned tote in this post. Here’s your chance to have your artwork printed on a limited edition ANTI VENUS inspired tote bag! Upload your artwork tagging @Vandamner on twitter OR Vandana Jain on facebook and the most precious piece will be printed along with
Here is some inspiration to get you started.
GET TO WORK NOW.
Enjoy, talk soon.