THE SOUND OBSERVATORY is pleased to announce our first New Orleans new music residency in partnership with Bang on a Can's FOUND SOUND NATION. March 9 we will welcome ten Dosti Music Fellows to the Bywater for 8 days to collaboratively write, record and perform an album of original music born out of these collaborations. 

The Dosti Music Project brings together musicians from Pakistan, India, and the U.S. for a monthlong residency and tour (February 23-March 21, 2015). An initiative of the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan, produced by Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation, Dosti invites four Pakistanis, four Indians, and two U.S. musicians from a wide variety of traditions, ranging from Sufi singing to beatmaking to avant-garde jazz, to collaboratively write, record, and perform original music, re-invent traditional music, and develop initiatives that will make a positive impact on communities locally and internationally. Dosti, which means friendship in both Urdu and Hindi, seeks to transcend political and cultural barriers through cross-cultural musical collaboration.

SONO has curated a first class New Orleans experience for these innovative musicians starting with a crash course in New Orleans styles and history from the Lady herself, Germaine Bazzle and master Mitchell Player. The Fellows will perform some of their new work in small and large ensembles collaborating with some of the city's most innovative and encompassing musicians in a variety of different settings. They will erect a free, public street studio outside of Dancing Grounds on St. Claude Avenue during second Saturday and invite everyone to lend their musical talents ( or lack thereof ) to the collaborative effort. They will experience Super Sunday, a dinner pop-up at the Tigermen's Den, a lecture and demonstration for a 9th ward middle school orchestra and a classy culminating performance at the legendary Snug Harbor before moving on to the dusty chaos of the SXSW Music Festival. We will keep you updated on the happenings and you give us a shout if you want to get involved.. deal?