MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

Musical America’s New Artist of the Month: Nina Shekhar

Nina Shekhar; image (c) Shervin Lainez

I wrote about the fantastically talented composer Nina Shekhar for this month’s Musical America column:

Questions involving identity have fascinated Nina Shekhar since she can remember. Coming of age as a first-generation Indian American has meant learning to navigate different cultural expectations not only in her personal life but also in her priorities as an artist. “A lot of my work is identity driven,” the composer explained in a recent conversation via Zoom. “Music was always a way of understanding my relationship to myself and to my environment.”


Nina Shekhar: rockabye-bye (2020), commissioned by Lyris Quartet and the HEAR NOW Music Festival

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