adhika Philip was born in Bombay, India, and came to the United States to study anthropology. From the moment she set foot in New York City, she has felt inextricably bonded to it. Jazz came into her life serendipitously many years later. She came to value the art as an unorthodox space of great diversity, a culture of creativity and risk taking. With this appreciation of the culture, she began interviewing contemporary New York City musicians about their values and practices, ideas and relationships, and the scene’s ideological and operational dynamics and interactions. Her intent, documentary, was also practical—to share stories about the creative and collaborative spirit with each of us.
Being Here is the first volume of her interviews.