Tapasya Loading

Tapasya Loading, is a safe space to attempt honest and vulnerable conversation. Hosted by Musician / Interdiciplinary artist T.L.Mazumdar, it pays proverbial homage to the ancient shamanic act of burning fear away into a sacred fire with love and joy by inviting raw and authentic conversations and exchanges with fellow artists, innovators and path-breakers.
DISCLAIMER : The views of guests are not necessarily reflective of T.L. Mazumdar’s. T.L. Mazumdar is not affiliated to any religious institutions or organisations.

Singing to 7 Billion with Kiran Ahluwalia

October 19th, 2020

Singer-songwriter Kiran Ahluwalia writes and performs songs of breakup and love with equal conviction, exhilaratingly mixing Indian music with West African Blues riffs and languid Jazz. The result is a merging of elegance and crispness, all with an easy, inviting charm. Her music is contemporary and fresh, yet still feels somehow familiar.

Born In India, brought up in Toronto, Kiran studied Indian music since childhood. Winning two JUNO Awards (Canadian Grammys), over the course of seven albums Kiran has created a style uniquely her own. The beautiful harmonies and addictive guitar riffs of partner Rez Abbasi, and their shared love of trancy rhythms masterfully played on drum kit, tabla and djembe have shaped the songs on Kiran’s latest release 7 Billion (Six Degrees). Both a lyricist and composer, Kiran’s songs speak of cultural intolerance, fighting civil wars within ourselves and realizing female desire by throwing away shame. Her re-working of the classic Qawwali tune Mustt Mustt with the Malian super group Tinariwen has racked up nearly 3 million views online.

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Solocast : Are Relationships Just Work?

October 10th, 2020

Late night spontaneous blurb.

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The Birth Of Rhythm Diaries With Bernhard Schimpelsberger

October 6th, 2020
Designing genre-defying music that features a signature sonic palette of percussion instruments from all around the world, London-based Austrian Percussionist / Composer Bernhard Schimpelsberger's roots were steeped in
Jazz and Western classical music before his studies and apprenticeship in India with the Iconic Suresh Talwalkar shaped his artistic signature.
 
One of the first Europeans to have officially been bestowed the traditional lineage of an Indian Classical Gharana, his myriad travels and work around the globe since have been the inspiring force behind his sonic explorations of rhythm as a universal language, blended with cinematic textures that have graced some of the worlds most respected artists projects across multiple modalities.
 
His solo works as a composer include commissions for the Beethovenfest Bonn (2018), the opening ceremony of the Rowing World Cup Championships (2019) Norrdans Sweden (2017) in addition to regular scoring gigs for contemporary dance and art. Some of his most noted musical collaborators include the likes of Anoushka Shankar, Akram Khan, Nitin Sawhney, and Gwilym Simcock.
 
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Vienna To Berlin And Heeding The Inner Call With Martin Rott

September 28th, 2020

On his debut solo EP, US-Born, Berlin-based composer, drummer and multi-instrumentalist Martin Rott attempts to escape the grid of the producers computer screen and embrace the circles of life’s organic complexities with lovingly crafted beats, delicate piano and vintage orchestral arrangements dancing together on the edge of what may just about be classified as electronica.

The critically acclaimed record's masterfully subtle intricacies barely hint at the prodigal, genre-hopping, decade-plus long career as a producer and live musician Rott left behind, even while finishing multiple degrees (one of them with a double major) simultaneously, all the while nurturing a marriage and a family at an age most of his contemporaries were scouting hacks to nurse hangovers. 

I catch up with my college-friend at his Berlin studio and catch up on the perils of the producers life-style, the challenges of a working-musician and the subjective nature of the time-line needed to figure out one's musical call.

 

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Solocast : Fear, Demons And Angels

September 26th, 2020

Raw and unedited spontaneous late night blurb.

 

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Voices Lost And Found with Sheila Chandra

September 21st, 2020

Hailed by Billboard as 'one of the most innovative, provocative singers in any genre' Sheila Chandra's journey is as heart-wrenching as it is heart-warming. As terrifying as it is inspiring. But most importantly as relevant in 2020 as it was in the early 1980's when when a 16 yr old Chandra hit the UK top 10 as the first British Asian artist, even while navigating the murky waters of an era designed to have her torn between representing a minority all too happy to project their hopes and baggage onto a first-time event, and an ancestral country who still tended to respond with their knee-jerk snobbishness towards a culture they could only categorize as semi-something at best.

An innovator who might easily be described as one of the founding artists of the genre 'World Music' before it actually went on to become a mainstream label, the abrupt end with which her prolific writing and musical career met and the transition shortly after into a career as celebrated author and coach for the likes of artists like Stik, while still carrying a strain of brilliance as a common factor, leaves the romantic with an imaginative plethora of speculations of how she might have sounded today, and the cynic with the silver lining of how her artistry remains timelessly untouched by the generic nature of a genre going by a name that comes ever-increasingly in focus for reasons a lot of us would find questionable. 

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Nuremberg to NewYork with Marieke Wiening

September 14th, 2020

Drummer, composer and bandleader Mareike Wiening has been said to bring “a planar modulating harmonic language and a propulsive drift” (New York Times) to the world of contemporary jazz.

Based between Cologne and NYC, her current album “Metropolis Paradise” (released November 2019 on Greenleaf Music) documents the last official recording-session at the legendary Systems Two Recording Studios, NYC amidst goodbyes that kept flooding in from decades of clients as Wiening made her recording debut as Band-leader and Composer with a pianist who had had only the night before to learn her music. 

An old friend who I have always admired deeply, we catch up on her fascinating and inspiring story that is an apt display of how she went from the star student mentored by the likes of Stefon Harris finishing two Masters Degrees in two different continents simultaneously to the billiant, positive and cutting-edge force in the world of European Jazz. 

 

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Solocast : ‘Life Happens’ (Does It?)

September 11th, 2020

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The Psychology Of Music As Medicine with Markus Reuter

September 7th, 2020

The humble, soft-spoken, vulnerable and sincere manner in which you will hear Markus Reuter speak on this podcast might leave you surprised when you figure out it comes from an artist who spent the past decade on the road with living legends like Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto (amidst many others) on multiple continents performing for audiences who flock to hear them play a form of music based on a process an entire generation possibly doesn't even know exists.

A qualified Psychologist, Reuter's work as recording artist, solo performer and collaborator spans (and frequently fuses) electrophonic loop music, contemporary classical music, progressive and art rock, industrial music, world jazz, jazz fusion, pop songs and pure improvisation. Over the course of a two-decade career, he has been a member of and collaborator with multiple bands, ensembles and projects (including centrozoon, Stick Men, Tuner, The Crimson ProjeKct, Europa String Choir, Gary Husband and Devin Townsend) as well as a solo artist. Markus is also an in-demand creativity coach and music instructor. 

 

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Death, Discovery, Legacy, Heartbreak, Being a Misfit and Social Media Adieus with Jivraj Singh

August 31st, 2020

Hailed as 'one of the hottest drummers on the planet' by Nitin Sawhney, RBMA Graduate, heir to what has been called the 'the first family of Indian Independent Music', core member of pathbreaking band Pink-Noise and most well known as one half of indie art-pop duo Parekh & Singh, Visual/Inter-diciplinary artist/ Drummer/Producer Jivraj Singh is the personification of unassuming, prodigal, autodidactic talent and depth, the extent of which he still remains reluctant to acknowledge openly.

In his most intimate conversation on record till date, I catch up with my God-brother, collaborator, soulmate and peer-mentor to talk about how the last 5 years have been since the demise of his parents and my friends Gyan and Jayshree Singh, his most adult break up, his history-making success with Parekh and Singh, therapy and decision to leave Social Media. 

 

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