Amirtha Kidambi is an utterly unique composer, vocalist, band leader and activist based in Queens, NY. Since moving to the city in 2009, she has collaborated with broad range of artists, including Darius Jones, Ben Vida, Robert Ashley, Charlie Looker and Matana Roberts. Her work blends influences of carnatic vocal music, experimental rock and free improvisation. Just last week, she released her first album as a leader, "Holy Science", on Northern Spy Records. For this talk, Amirtha and I go back to her first days in NYC, the long process of putting a band together and how one can use music to effect change.