Interview: NY-based duo Memba Look to the Past to Change the Future

Utilizing a new custom instrument called the Aranyani, they are bringing interactivity to their shows.
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Memba are a NY-based production duo comprised of Ishaan Chaudhary & Will Curry, and they've been looking to the past to make music of the future. They've been working on creating an immersive, interactive show utilizing their new intstrument- the Aranyani. 

With that in mind, we sat down with the boys to learn more!

Hey MEMBA! Thanks for taking the time to talk to us. You've built the Aranyani instrument. How would you describe it, what would you compare it to, and what inspired you to make the instrument?

Named after the Hindu goddess of the forests and all that dwell within, Aranyani is an organic MIDI controller that we designed and built. It is made of birch, bamboo, moss and prehistoric plants. We have always been inspired by ancient civilizations and the story of Aranyani spoke to us. We decided to build this instrument as a testament. To learn more you'll have to come see us rip it live.◐ ◑

You've gearing up for a show that will utilize the Aranyani and be interactive with the audience through the design and visuals, along with the music. What can people expect? 

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To go along with that, you're inspired to continuously include and bring a community feeling to your show. What inspired you to have a more hands on experience than a traditional presentation?

MEMBA shows started as a weird friends of friends event in the depths of brooklyn and we want to try and scale that. ideally people should leave with more friends that they came in with. 

Finally, what can we expect in 2017 from you?!

A lot of music (ft. some old and some new faces), our first music video and a couple more interactive multi-sensory musical creations. 

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