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A Transformative New
Music Initiative

Conceptualized and spearheaded by Sandeep Das, Transcending Borders One Note at a Time is a response to recent world events and a concerted effort to harness the transformative power of music to catalyze positive social change. Implemented through a variety of channels including talks/presentation, performances, and community engagement activities, the project aims to provide an artistic platform for dialogue about the importance of celebrating cultural diversity, empathizing with the perspectives of others, and recognizing all humanity as our global community.


Transcending Borders was launched in 2020 as part of the release of the HUM Ensemble’s debut album, Delhi to Damascus. The second initiative, Subah-e Kashi Shaam-e Shiraaz (“From Kashi in India to Shiraz in Iran”), supported by the Guggenheim Foundation, is currently in progress. In conjunction with these activities, Das has since been programming multimedia talks and activities based on TBONT goals at venues, community centers, and major universities throughout the U.S. 


  • (2022) Performance at National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

  • (2022) Residency at Millersville University, Millersville, PA

  • (2022) Performance at Carolina Performing Arts, Chapel Hill, NC

  • (2022) Residency at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

  • (2021) Performance and outreach at the Lincoln Crossroads Music Festival

  • (2021) Residency at Butler University

  • (2020) Delhi to Damascus album launch

  • (2019) Performance at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art, Washington, D.C.

  • (2019) Residency at Colby College, Waterville, ME

  • (2019) Performance at Blackstone River Theatre, Providence, RI

  • (2018) Performance at Cal Performances, Berkeley, CA

Upcoming Events:

  • (2023) Performance at Lincoln Center, New York, NY

  • (2023) Residency at DePauw University, Greencastle, IN

  • (2023) Residency at The Hop Center/Dartmouth University, Hanover, NH

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