Audio Samples (mp3)
Sikhara exists in a constant state of motion, claiming no land as home. This rotating members project, lead by Scott Nydegger was co-founded by drummer Sam Lohman and synth player Paul Beauchamp in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1999. Since then, Sikhara have gone on to perform over 200 concerts in the USA, Europe and Japan. Utilizing both machinery and acoustic elements, Sikhara creates a disturbed enviroment of ritualistic sound. Manipulated sources of primitive voices are collaged into a hypnotic new language, which melds instinctively with animalistic tribal percussion. Numerous Sikhara releases are available on cd and vinyl, but from conception, it is foremost a live band. On stage, Sikhara manifests itself in a trance induced mayhem, blurring the lines between the music and the audience. Having given concerts in a variety of conventional venues such as clubs theaters and galleries, a constant theme of Sikhara is to seek out somehow extraordinary locales. Amongst the examples of these events are: Directly next door to the police station in the bustling Taxim district of Istanbul, Turkey, deep within the tunnels of a Polish coal mine, an abandoned metro passage underneath the city of Linz, Austria, and within the 1400 year old Zenjouki Temple near Kobe, Japan. For this session, they were joined by the master monk of the temple, who was born 55 years earlier in the same room. Sikhara's growing work with non-profit and cultural organizations has opened the opportunity to gain an audience outside the realm of night-life concert goers. Sikhara have appeared on multiple events of Slovenia's DMRK collective, Portland's 2 Gyrlz Performative Arts and in city funded venues such as Lisbon, Portugal's Fiera do Livro, Bratislava, Slovakia's Dubravka an the Palais de Tokyo inside the Paris Museum of Modern Art. In the coming months, Sikhara will expand the scope of their travel, to include yet unvisited countries and regions.
-past and recurring Sikhara percusionists-
Sam Lohman (most
consistent participant and co-founder, see 36 section for profile)