The Taal Tantra Experience

The Taal Tantra Experience

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The music of The Taal Tantra Experience reveals exhilarating trans-continental sound. East meets West - Indian classical music and jazz virtuosos from Berlin.
The TAAL TANTRA EXPERIENCE is the perfect definition for contemporary sounds and music.

Biography

The Music

Taal Tantra means roughly „Meditation on Rhythm”. Influenced by the meditative power of ragas and their scale-oriented melody phrasing, and the complex rhythms of the Indian taals, the music of The Taal Tantra Experience exude nothing less than hypnotic sensuality.

Interacting with western jazz harmonics and sound and ambient-based production philosophy, a trans-continental sound emerged in which each element of style harmonizes equally with the others. The individual solos by the master musicians create an ambience of surprise and ultimate listening pleasures. The vibration of gongs, chimes, ocean drums, thunder drums weave a design of divine atmosphere. In one word, The TAAL TANTRA EXPERIENCE is the perfect definition for contemporary sounds and music.

The constant urge to develop new directions and create global sounds through music has made this project dear to many ardent music lovers through out the world. In Tanmoy’s own words, “TAAL TANTRA for me is the medium to experiment and express our understanding of new ideas and sounds.” Some of the best known musicians have collaborated with this project.

The Story

Pandit Ravi Shankar had already departed to his Hotel after a successful concert at Museums Island Berlin, when Tanmoy Bose, one of Ravi Shankar‘s tabla players, decided to stay and check out the local Berlinclub scene. Destiny took its course and Tonmoy Bose met and jammed with four exceptional musicians who are all deeply rooted in Berlin‘s jazz scene. Five months later, the four Berliners were invited to India to play a five-week tour with Tanmoys Taal Tantra.

Taal Tantra is a very ambitious project which uniquely combines classical/ traditional Indian music with European jazz. Due to the success of this project, two greatly received follow-up tours in India have taken place and in the meantime a very close friendship between the tabla virtuoso and the Berliners has evolved.

Album Sixth Sense Release in Europe (Oct 2010, Ozella Music)

The Taal Tantra Experience are:
• Tanmoy Bose (tablas, vocals)
• Andreas Weiser (percussion, vocals)
• Kai Brückner (guitar)
• Bernhard Ullrich (saxophone)
• Max Hughes (bass)

special guests:
• Debashish Bhattacharya
• Baul Singers from Bengal
• Martin Klingeberger (Trumpet & Vocals) -

The Muscians

Tanmoy Bose
is one of the finest tabla players in the world of Indian Classical Music. His long association with some ot the greatest names in Indian Music has given him a firm and definite standing as a performing musician. He has toured extensively with USTAD AMJAD ALI KHAN and PANDIT RAVI SHANKAR, but also with great musicians of western pop music such as George Harrison and Sting, and collaborates intensively with Ravi Shankar‘s daughter, Anoushka Shankar. He has been a participating musician in two of PANDIT RAVI SHANKAR’s Grammy winning projects - “Live at Carnegie” and “Concerts for George”. His creativity has left his mark in WORLD MUSIC project TAAL TANTRA. His role as a music director for ballets and feature film has earned him praise.
www.tanmoybose.com

Andreas Weiser
Musician and composer from Berlin. Has worked as a composer for radio, television and feature fi lms. and is a percussionist in various international jazz- and world music bands. Recordings and performances with Elefanten, Xiame, Materia,Shank,Taal Tantra, Berlin Big Band, Jorge Degas, Jazzanova, Tanmoy Bose, Subhankar Banerjiee, Bocato, Mia, Dona Zefi nha, Jesse Millener....
www.weiserarts.com

Kai Brückner
guitar player and composer- studies at the Hochschule der Künste in New York instruction under John Abercrombie, Mike Stern and Wayne Krantz, among others. International Jazz Workshop in Banff, Canada (Kenny Werner, Dave Holland, Dave Douglas among others). Compositions for film music. Tours in the US and Canada with drummer Jerry Granelli, in Germany and Europe and in India with tabla player Tanmoy Bose. Goethe Institute Tour to Africa with Yakou Tribe.
www.kaibrueckner.de/

Max Hughes
- bass - studies of classical and modern music - advanced studies with Oscar Stagnaro, Paul Amrod, Whit Browne, dem Komponisten John Bavicchi, Jimmy Cheatham, Hal Crook, and legendary Oscar Sala.
Active Freelancing and Studio work in Europe, Latin-America and the U.S.A. with/for among others: Alcatel, Friedrichstadt Palast Berlin, BMW, KPMG, Marleaux Guitars, New York Broadway Ensemble, Telescope Film, etc. und Künstler/in wie Chaka Khan, Tanmoy Bose, Toni Braxton, John-Paul Bourelly, Ack van Rooyen, Jocelyn B.Smith etc.

Bernhard Ullrich
- saxophone - studied at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, New York with such notables as Reggie Workman, Bill Evans, Charles Tolliver, Mike Mossman, Adam Holzman, Ravi Coltrane, Phil Markowitz and Rich Perry. After his studies, he continued to work with numerous New York musicians, including Bobby Sanabria, Adam Rogers, Wayne Krantz, Steve Slagle, Lew Soloff and Ray Baretto. He joined t

Discography

Sixth Sense (Ozella Music Germany)
Taal Tantra (Times Music India)