MEET OUR GLOBAL COLLABORATORS...
New York, USA
Mal is a much sought-after collaborator for choreographers around the world both as a percussionist and composer. In this video he talks through his creative process—how he came up with themes and textures to support Preeti's storytelling.
Mal lives in the East Village of Manhattan with his partner Judy and a large collection of percussion instruments from around the world. You can groove to more of his sounds on SoundCloud here.
In addition to the video on this page Mal explains his process for The Clever Antelope. Click the following links for two more videos where he explains how he came up with music for The Hare in the Moon and Three Friends.
Bhumenjoy is a multi-talented illustrator and animator based in Manipur, in the far North East of India.
He's worked with Preeti on many previous projects, and also works with major corporations as a commercial animator.
In 2008 Bhumenjoy directed a feature-length animated feature film called "Tiger Head", based on an epic tale from his native Manipur (see trailer here).
His website is www.oomaibi.com.
Paris & London
Ben Foskett is a composer and arranger working across many different genres from classical concert music to ballet, dance, theatre, pop, film, TV and sound libraries.
Ben met Preeti when he was still a student at the Royal Academy of Music in London (back in 2002).
Accosted into the world of dance by Preeti, he has since gone on to work on a number of dance pieces with her and other leading dance companies including the Ballet Boyz. His orchestral piece "From Trumpet" was commissioned by the BBC Proms.
We asked Ben some questions about his process in creating the music for "The Golden Mango"—he gave us some great answers which you can see by clicking the button below. To see more about Ben and his work go to www.benfoskett.com.
Tom is one of New York's most in-demand illustrators and commercial artists. He's designed numerous book covers for leading publishers.
He's written and illustrated numerous children's books—you can see more of his incredible work at Tom Lynch & Company.
For his version of "Aesop's Fables" he was (to his amazement) described as "a kind of genius" by the New York Times.
Tom first worked with Preeti in 2010, when he and partner Tony Reonegro created incredible set designs for her award-winning production "The Absent Lover".
We asked Tom for some background on how he became an artist—you can see his reply by clicking on the button below.
Biswajit Balasubramanian (known to his firends as "Biz") is one of the best-loved cartoonists in South India, appearing in many newspapers and magazines. His endearing characters give life to a happy congregation of people and animals that populate his work.
Apart from drawing cartoons, he regularly conducts cartoon and comics workshops across India and abroad. He has worked on several private and public commissioned projects including wall murals, his three dimensional sculptures has been an exciting foray that brings to life his world of characters. He lives in Chennai with his wife Shalini, also an artist, with whom he runs one of the leading galleries of contemporary art in India, the Forum Art Gallery.
Click the button below for a video where Biswajit talks about how he came up with his wonderful illustrations.
New York, USA
Jerome writes: "I’m the music director of the National Dance Institute in New York City. I get to write music and work with kids…it's the best!
Through NDI I met Preeti and have been so thankful for the stylistic stews we have created. I recently composed the music for "C is for Choreographer" for Sesame Street, a serious career highlight! In addition, just this month I partnered with All of Us Films to create a piece for the UNEP which will bring awareness about taking care of the environment.
I love to play piano and percussion, and I really hope you enjoy these stories!
Click the button below for a video where Jerry talks about his process for creating the music for the "Sacred Rivers" series.