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Thursday, October 13, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Nisha Asnani

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On October 15, 92YTribeca and Nuyorican Poets Cafe will present Nisha Asnani, a masterful songstress who infuses jazz and funk melodies with the vocal prowess of a bygone era.

We sent her the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A to learn more about her media and culture diet. But how does she disconnect? “Yoga. I practice a lot of yoga; it’s my sanity. I turn my phone off and for a couple of hours force myself to remember that I exist outside all of my obligations and connections.”

Where do you go for news when you start your day?
I watch a re-run of the “The Daily Show with John Stewart” and “Colbert Report.” Just to keep a sense of humor about it all.

What are your favorite websites?
TED talks! I love them, I will often listen to them at work. Hulu – I’m a junkie for old episodes of “Arrested Development” and “The Office.” I wish I could say I was cool enough to be up on the blog scene, but the truth is, the most of what I know comes from my offsite experiences. I live in the East Village of New York, and if there’s any place in the world that can keep you informed, entertained and curious, this is it.

How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
I use Facebook everyday! My Twitter feed is connected to Facebook, but I don’t make an extra effort to tweet. I should probably update my phone so that it would run those kind of apps at a functional speed.

What book are you currently reading (or the last one you read)? Print or digital?
Actually reading A Light in August by William Faulkner.  Print, although, I have a kindle.

What magazines do you subscribe to?
The Economist.

What are your current (or all time) favorite television shows?
“Arrested Development!”

What’s the last movie you saw?
Drive. My roommate and I do a date night whenever a new Ryan Gosling movie comes out. I’m also a big fan of independent film, and try to frequent the theaters in the area when I can.

What’s the last performance (dance/opera/theater) you attended?
My friend Aurora Rose (who is opening for me on Saturday) did a fantastic birthday show at the Bitter End last Tuesday – I was lucky enough to duet with her.

What’s the last music purchase you made?
Metric’s Fantasies, Bon Iver’s Bon Iver (soo good) The Weekend’s Thursday.
I’m working on a new album right now, and I find it’s changing my sonic palate in terms of what I’m craving to hear. I feel like I’m “artistically pregnant” if that makes any sense. I’m eating the musical version of peanut butter & jelly at four in the morning.

What radio shows or podcasts do you listen to?

Ted Talks, anything on NPR, Terry Turner of ABC radio (who gave me my first national broadcast for the release of my EP, On and Off)

What’s your favorite piece of art on display in your home?
I have a hand drawn piece from my visit to New Orleans of a guy in a tub, smoking a cigarette, open bottle of wine, playing his trumpet. That’s sorta it for me.

Where do you go / what do you do to “disconnect”?
Yoga. I practice a lot of yoga; it’s my sanity. I turn my phone off and for a couple of hours force myself to remember that I exist outside all of my obligations and connections.

On October 15, 92YTribeca and Nuyorican Poets Cafe will present Nisha Asnani, a masterful songstress who infuses jazz and funk melodies with the vocal prowess of a bygone era.

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