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A fusion of melodies

music Updated: Jul 13, 2011 02:05 IST
Surabhi Chauhan
Surabhi Chauhan
Hindustan Times
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Tarun Balani Collective introduces to the city a fusion of jazz and Indian music.



Who are they?


Tarun Balani Collective — a world Jazz quintet comprising of artists from Sweden, Bangalore and New Delhi. The band’s music draws inspiration from the diverse backgrounds of its members and the instruments of their choice.



How did the band come together?

Tarun Balani formed the quintet with brother Aditya whom he grew up playing music with; Suhail Yusuf Khan whom he met at a TV show called Shinning Stars when he was 16; Sharik Hasan, with whom he studied music at Berklee College of Music, and Bruno Raberg; who is a professor at Berklee, under whom Balani took a couple of classes.



What is world Jazz music?


When certain aspects of Jazz like harmony and improvisation are blended with non-traditional Jazz instruments like an oud from the Middle East, an African groove or an Indian raga, it results in world Jazz music.



Don’t they need horn instruments in a Jazz band?


Traditionally, a piano, an upright bass, drums and horns is what comprises a Jazz band. Voice and instruments like the guitar were gradual additions to the Jazz tradition. In modern Jazz settings, a horn is not a necessity.



How do they create their music?


Balani starts with writing music that expresses a particular feeling or theme that he would like to bring forth through the composition. While performing, the band improvises at the moment, keeping in mind the form and the theme of the composition.



What are the changes that they would like to see in the music scene here?


More live music venues that are suitable for jazz performances.

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They would love to collaborate with?


Wayne Shorter and Ustad Zakir Hussain.



Are they socially active?


Yes.Catch them on Facebook:

http://tarunbalani.com/tarunbalani.com/Home.html

Catch them live
What: Global Music Collective
Where: India Habitat Center, Stein Auditorium
When: 13th July - Today
Entry Fee: Free
Time: 8pm onwards
Nearest Metro Station: Khan Market on the Violet Line.