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Still We Shiver : New Exclusive Release.

Hey, 

For a guy who's relationship with music traces itself to a slightly (if unknowingly) desperate attempt at clinging onto something constant amidst a blur of changing backdrops that was home, the effect that some of these points in space and time leave a mark more defined than others. 

The island of El Hierro counts as one of them without a shadow of doubt. Cradled in the Atlantic ocean, the tiniest of the Canary island is a UN biosphere, powered completely by solar energy and home to roughly 10,000 inhabitants who never lock the the doors on their homes or cars. 

And once a year, artists, scientists, thinkers, healers and just generally good people from all over the globe travel here as delegates of the Bimbache openART Festival, handpicked and curated carefully by Artistic Director, the somewhat legendary Torsten De Winkel

This was my third year as resident artist in El Hierro. And justice to the experience with medium of words is a bit of a lost cause I should avoid getting mixed up in. But I would like to share an excerpt from my solo spot at the final concert. The thousand- strong crowd that quietened down to take the journey with me is one of the most touching gifts I have ever received and an apt summary of general state of affairs during my time there. I leave this island always with a heart heavy with a bunch of emotions I spend the rest of the year processing. So I can go back for more. 

Please click on the video below for the live video of this song. 

Much love. 

T.L. // EveryNowHere 

Xx 

P.S. (I recommend using headphones and switiching to HD while viewing).

 

#mohanpyaare2017 

 

If I may share a little personal tribute. To twelve years of a childhood spent in India. Old friends who would translate and teach me songs in a mother tongue I learnt as a foreigner in school halls. Old tape which I find myself humming, often struggling to remember my first encounter with the same. 

Conceptualised mostly in still the only city where all sides of me feel at home. London. With a little help from my friend and musical brother Bernhard Schimpelsberger. Whose brilliance takes the journey onto newer dimensions that push me to rediscover and redefine the sound of my motherland. And finished in my current headquarters most of the year, Germany. 

This is also my first release as a ROLI artist. 

Salon De Jazz Sessions Videos Released 

Hello world. The second and final video of the Salon De Jazz Sessions was just released. These were a series of live recordings documenting my collaboration last year with Theresa Stark at a concert at this wonderful and special venue in Cologne June 2016.  

Two songs eventually made the cut after some hours of going through the audio and video footage.  

‘The Last Time’ was actually a previously unreleased song which had been receiving requests for while from some old friends. ‘Come And Go’ can be heard in a very different version on my sophomore album BUeC. Have a listen/look. Drop us a line and tell us what you think! Please share if you like what you see. Xx

  
   

Rhythm is a Chancer.  


A few years ago, while on the flight back from the UK on a family visit, I picked up a copy of Songlines magazine. Running through the ever-so-slightly presumable palette of world music on the sampler CD included while doing the dishes back in Mannheim, my ears perked up on a particular track. 

It had lines emanating from a Sarod that resonated with the unmistakable drone of Bengal, complemented with pristine drumming of a master obviously steeped deep in the tradition of European jazz but also Indian Talas. Brought together with the vibey production values of what distinctly sounded like London to me. 

Three of the locations my formative years revolved around in one soulful, streamlined blend. I had to dry those hands off asap and look up how the hell someone had found out about what was sounding to me like the story of my childhood. 

Circle Of Sound has been one of my favourite UK bands since then. And turned out both Soumik Dutta (who I ran into later that year at a festival in New Delhi we were both playing at) and Bernhard Schimpelsberger were my facebook friends the whole time. 

On a London-Leicestershire drive en-route one of his solo gigs a couple of years later where he very kindly invited me to tag along, Bernhard and I met for the first time in the flesh as well. An opportunity where I wasted no time in making it amply clear of how I was pretty positive that working on music together was something I considered a pretty brilliant idea. 

So when he told me about the Rhythm Diaries project and asked if I’d like to be included on the roster of artists he’d collaborate with on this mammoth multi-city European tour earlier this year, there wasn't a lot of hesitation involved in jumping aboard. 

Fast forward a few weeks we met up in London to exchange ideas and play a couple of concerts one of which featured the amazing Tabla Groovemeister Aref Durvesh (Sting, Joss Stone, Jeff Beck) 

(Photo: Valerie Ketter) 

(Photo : tlmazumdar @ instagram)


A lot of skyping and filesharing later, Bernhard and I did an artist-in-residence program in co-operation with the 
Pop-Akademie BW where we locked ourselves up for a week in the rehearsal-Studio and worked on music we presented at a final concert after a workshop earlier the same day. 

To say the experience was intense would be slightly understated. Common ground can be trickier than one thinks, as we both found out, albeit in the best of, even if not uncomplicated ways. 

The biggest bond we both share is an artistic profile that messes with stereo-typical perceptions of how ‘European’ and ‘Indian’ musicians are supposed to sound like. Bernhard plays Tabla on drums. i#m an ex Jazz-Pianist turned experimental Singer-Songwriter/Producer. 

He complained about how my favourite cheese is stinking up the kitchen. I complained about how he’s always eating too much spicy fried food. 

But most importantly we also realised that we share the common aversion to playing the roles expected of people whose instruments usually associated with the context of a 'Side-man'. 

This was not a collaboration between two instrumentalists, but between two musical universes.

Join Bernhard for the rest of this exciting journey at the links above.