Ami Dang, Wild Anima conjure worlds of adventurous sound at Stardust this Friday


Baltimore’s Ami Dang – an accomplished producer, electronic musician, vocalist and sitar player, and an outspoken Sikh-American – has risen up from that city’s fertile underground over the last few years to become one of the most exciting young experimental artists in the U.S. In the past she’s referred to her music as “Bollywave,” but that only scratches the surface of her music. Hers is a world’s worth of popular music forms across cultures, continents and eras, all melding together in avant-garde and earworm-worthy arrangements. Joining Dang for this show only is Alex Alexopoulos’ Wild Anima, a beguiling mix of ambient synths and gently patient grooves, falling somewhere between Lisa Gerrard’s solo work and Constance Demby. And ably holding down the local end is the one-human vocal orchestra Lush Agave and the dream factory of Broken Machine Films. For so many reasons, this show is a timely and essential event. It’s rare for learning and healing and dancing to intersect to this blissful degree.

with Lush Agave, Wild Anima | 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22 | Stardust Video & Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road | 407-623-3393 | | $5