Erik Truffaz is crossing boundaries that most musicians would never do. Armed with only his trumpet, this French artiste has been marrying jazz with genres as varied as hip-hop and drum and bass over many years.
Needless to say, the results have been explosive. Truffaz will be performing with his quartet on November 28, at the famous Edward Theatre at Kalbadevi in Mumbai.
A pioneer of sorts in the jazz fusion space, he says his music experiments have been paying off. "We do our best and the result is being comprehended by the public. Although I’m never sure of the final result, it (the experiments with genres), seems to have been working since the last 15 years," says Truffaz.
Ask him if combining jazz with other styles, especially electronica, makes it more approachable for the public and he says, "Yes for sure, because many people can recognise the beats from that music when we play our music which is more sophisticated."
Truffaz is also a prolific artiste, always known to be between two compositions, two albums or two shows. He has 18 albums to his credit.
"I love music and have many projects on my mind at any given time. That’s one of the reasons why I have these many albums," he says.
He is also looking forward to getting a taste of Indian culture. "I really love India; it’s a really rich and complex country. I love Indian music; I love Benaras (one his albums is named after the holy city) and smoking beedies. As of now, I just have eight beedies in my suitcase. So, when I come to Mumbai, I will drink good chai (tea) and buy more beedies," he says.