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Immigrant Warriors: Sunny Jain's 'Wild Wild East' [Behind The Scenes Documentary]
In this behind the scenes documentary, take a trip through the musical worlds of Sunny Jain as he talks about his experience writing and recording his Smithsonian Folkways debut 'Wild Wild East.' “The idea of migration exists as a core element in this project, 'Wild Wild East.' In essence it stems from my parents migration. My emulation of sound is evoking this landscape of the Thar desert of Rajasthan, and the migration of my family who were living in Rajasthan, from there to Punjab, from Punjab to Delhi, from Delhi to New York, from Rochester to New York City. Bringing the juxtaposition of desert and cityscape, trying to bring those together, somehow, in sound.” 'Wild Wild East' available on CD, Vinyl LP, and digital. Stream/download/purchase: Smithsonian Folkways: Bandcamp: All other platforms: Sunny Jain’s Wild Wild East encompasses myriad facets of Jain’s identity both as a first-generation South Asian–American and as a global musician, from his own family’s immigration story to his eclectic musical upbringing. In recasting the immigrant—steeped in the courage to leave a familiar homeland for a new beginning—as the modern-day cowboy and cowgirl, Jain sources musical inspiration from the scores of Bollywood classics and Spaghetti Westerns, Indian folk traditions, jazz improvisation, and rollicking psychedelic and surf guitar styles. Wild Wild East is an album rooted in the contemporary American soundscape, singing in a new voice, "I am large, I contain multitudes." Sunny Jain: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Smithsonian Folkways: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy ( Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.
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9 min 43 sec
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