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17
Jan

The Making of ’Vignette’, Pianist or Singer and the Colonial Hangover around the Piano in India with T.L. Mazumdar (Solocast)

Founder and host of 'Tapasya Loading', musician and interdisciplinary artist

T.L. Mazumdar aka EveryNowHere answers audience's questions on the making of his debut solo piano album 'Vignette' which was recorded during the 2020 lockdowns in an empty baroque building in Germany. 

In this episode, T.L. addresses the manner in which his nomadic lifestyle affects his music, why this album was almost not released, the return to the status of a completely independent artist, the dichotomies of being a pianist and a singer, the 'Colonial Hangover' that surrounds the Piano in India amidst other stories revolving around the making of this album. 

Listen to/ buy the album HERE

This episode is brought to you by: 

www.holisticpianoacademy.com 

Music by: www.everynowheremusic.com

Text: www.tlwrites.com

Produced by T.L. Mazumdar

Recorded on a Zoom L8 mixer kindly sponsored by:

https://www.sound-service.eu     

 

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DEBUT SOLO PIANO ALBUM

 

9
Jan

From Effortless Mastery to Becoming the Instrument with Kenny Werner

With a history of collaborators and peers that constitutes some
of the most significant names in Jazz history in the past century,
Guggenheim fellowship Award winner, Emmy Award nominee, prolific pianist, composer, and author Kenny Werner lays claim to an extremely rare and iconic status of a performing artist of the highest caliber, who has managed to impact the lives of thousands of musicians and practicing artists all over the world additionally as an author with his path-breaking book 'Effortless Mastery'.
 
On the eve of his much-awaited second publication 26 years later titled 'Becoming the Instrument', we talk about the inner trust that helped him allow himself to receive the global redemption that his work has been to two generations of both autodidactic and college-educated musicians, the importance of discerning the subtle differences between being a source and a channel and the story behind his new book.
 
(Please click on the link below to join the live webinar /masterclass for the book launch on 11th Jan 2022)!
 
 

This episode is brought to you by: 

www.holisticpianoacademy.com 

Music by: www.everynowheremusic.com

Text: www.tlwrites.com

 

Produced by T.L. Mazumdar

Recorded on a Zoom L8 mixer kindly sponsored by:

https://www.sound-service.eu     

 

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DEBUT SOLO PIANO ALBUM

 

 
29
Dec

Links between Music and Yoga, Growing up Brown in a White Social Paradigm and Navigating Nuances of South Asian Diaspora with Preetha Narayanan

With a list of collaborators that include the likes of Anoushka Shankar, Nitin Sawhney, Talvin Singh OBE, Kae Tempest, Jocelyn Pook, Oi Va Voi, and Bianca Gismonti, and London Contemporary Orchestra, amongst many others, Memphis-born, US-Indian Violinist/Composer, Fullbright scholar and co-founder of ensembles Quest Ensemble and Balladeste Preetha Narayanan embodies a unique musical personality which transcends multiple genres, cultures, and countries.
 
On completion of a Masters's and a doctorate in Creative Learning at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, the London-based artist is also a practicing Yogi and a certified yoga teacher from the renowned Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram institution in Chennai, India has gone on to be one of the city's most valued members of the global arts community.
 
In this contemplative conversation we catch up for the first time since our last encounter collaborators at an intimate concert in London and riff on the experiences of growing up brown in white social paradigms, the practice of Yoga as a philosophy, and the impact broad-minded parenting from a generation less privy to labels can have on the subconscious mind and eventually the practice of an art.
 

This episode is brought to you by: 

www.holisticpianoacademy.com 

Music by: www.everynowheremusic.com

Text: www.tlwrites.com

 

Produced by T.L. Mazumdar

Recorded on a Zoom L8 mixer kindly sponsored by:

https://www.sound-service.eu     

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DEBUT SOLO PIANO ALBUM

 

17
Nov

Common Threads between Miles Davis, Carlos Santana, Sheila E, The Crusaders and Enjoying Fresh Strawberries with Benny Rietveld

Born to immigrant parents in the Netherlands before migrating to the US as an infant, Benny Rietveld left his native home of Hawaii in early adulthood be 'raised again in San Francisco and New York, (currently residing in Los Angeles)'. During which he went on to build a career possibly unparalleled in the manner it acts as a common thread between artists as iconic and diverse as Miles Davis, Carlos Santana (with whom he's been MD for over a decade), Sheila E, The Crusaders, amidst many others.

In this long-form, vulnerable conversation, the 8 x Grammy Award winner shares humbling insights into the bigger picture behind playing music, his education on the job, the future of online education, and keeping the true fire of it all alive amidst the ever-changing landscape of the music industry.

This episode is brought to you by: 

www.holisticpianoacademy.com 

Music by: www.everynowheremusic.com

Text: www.tlwrites.com

Produced by T.L. Mazumdar

Recorded on a Zoom L8 mixer kindly sponsored by:

https://www.sound-service.eu     

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18
Oct

Damascus to Berlin, Surviving War as an Artist, and Effortlessness in Everyday Art with Ali Moraly

Damascus-born, Berlin-based violinist, composer, educator, and writer Ali Moraly belongs to the first generation of home-grown Syrian musicians formally trained in European Classical music.
 
An internationally active career before the unrest in his ancestral home eventually saw him migrate to Germany via Turkey where artist commissions, theater engagements, and the graduating a Masters degree saw him nestle amidst the hopeful strains of Berlin's metropolitan welcome.
 
We catch up to try and summarise a journey that personifies an inspiring story of hope, resilience, and contemplative reflection on the role of an artist 10 years after the 'Arab Spring' protests and the ongoing Syrian civil war.
 
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This episode is brought to you by: 

www.holisticpianoacademy.com 

Music by: www.everynowheremusic.com

Text: www.tlwrites.com

Produced by T.L. Mazumdar

 
 
 
27
Sep

Understanding Aspergers Syndrome, Transforming Piano Abuse to Healing and Healthy Productivity Hacks with Amirah

Multiple Award-winning singer-songwriter Amirah transformed her journey with Aspergers Syndrome, trauma from abusive piano lessons, and the challenges of being a bi-racial Malaysian in an era of cultural turmoil into a healing process she aptly calls 'a mission to unite'.
 
The Kuala-Lumpur-born and raised LA native has been twice a finalist for the John Lennon Songwriting Contest amidst a plethora of many others with jury members the likes of Timbaland, Rihanna, and Peter Gabriel.
 
Currently working on her debut album with Grammy award-winning producer Jeff Bova, her signature sound meshes Gamelan, Chinese and Indian influences with zeitgeist-relevant production ethics that are an apt representation of her journey amidst geographical and inner worlds which embrace the risk of appearing complex to the mainstream, and only natural to the global citizen.
 
In this frank and vulnerable conversation, we talk about the pains of dealing with abuse at the piano, understanding the nuances of Aspergers Syndrome and discuss healthy productivity hacks for the 21st century artist.
 
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Inspiring Unity®

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Youtube: @amirah360 

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Instagram: @amirah360

Twitter: @amirah360

Tiktok: @amirah_360

This episode is brought to you by: 

www.holisticpianoacademy.com 

Music by: www.everynowheremusic.com

Text: www.tlwrites.com

Recorded on a Zoom L8 mixer kindly sponsored by:

https://www.sound-service.eu     

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15
Sep

Berlin to LA, Spiritual vs Musical Practices and Staying Curious with Robert Koch

Berlin-bred, LA-based German Music Composers Award winner Robert Koch's music has been described as ''..artificial intelligence discovering religion.'' (Bobby Friction -BBC).
 
A signature deep, cinematic sound that entices crowds to dance at festivals and events like Coachella, Sonar, Mutek, and Boiler Room as effortlessly as it acts as a backdrop for multiple Television, Film, and Ad campaigns even as we speak, his music meets at the intriguing intersection of technology and nature in a manner increasingly relevant to the current zeitgeist. 
 
Koch's collaborative and projects have sold out in planetariums hosting immersive art experiences even while gaining gold and platinum status as a producer for indie artists. A testimony to the seamless, unconventional, complex, and deep thinker who refers to his craft as a 'spiritual practice'. Even while his ever-growing relationship with Meditation and Yoga ground him to make more space for the same.
 
I catch up with my friend and ex-collaborator for the first time in 7 years after our workshop/festival tour in India in 2013.
 

This episode is brought to you by: 

www.holisticpianoacademy.com 

Music by: www.everynowheremusic.com

Recorded on a Zoom L8 mixer kindly sponsored by:

https://www.sound-service.eu     

 

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https://www.instagram.com/robotkoch

 

30
Aug

Healing with Music, the Role of a Mentor and the Future of Online Education with Claus Hessler

With nominations on international polls in magazines like MODERN DRUMMER MAGAZINE and testimonials from the likes DAVID GARIBALDI, STEVE SMITH, ALEX ACUNA, Claus Hessler has established himself to be one of the most influential drummers and music educators to emerge from Germany.
 
With a workshop and concert tour-plan that spans continents, his mastery of the Moeller technique and open-handed drumming has set new standards in the global drumming community. One that has attracted some of the most credible names in the same as both students and collaborators.
 
We caught up recently with the associate professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt, The University of Popular Music, Mannheim and chairman of Percussion Creativ, to trace his earliest roots in music, his awareness at a very young age of the healing qualities of music after he used singing to heal from the shock of an accident that left him with speech difficulties, and the future of online music education.
 

This episode is brought to you by: 

www.holisticpianoacademy.com 

Recorded on a Zoom L8 mixer kindly sponsored by:

https://www.sound-service.eu     

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16
Aug

Well-being for Artists and Making Music with Chocolate with Vivienne Aerts

 
The gentle and compassionate demeanor of Vivienne Aerts will leave you hard-pressed to guess the mammoth stature of her artistic endeavors in the past decade.
 
A practicing clinical psychologist in Europe before she went on to be a Fulbright scholar and Suma Cum Laude Berklee graduate, her collaborators since have included some of the most iconic names in the world of jazz.
 
The NYC-based, Dutch Singer-Songwriter composer's encounter with Kenny Werner while still a student eventually led to a unique synergy that has gone on to integrate itself as a core component of the Effortless Mastery Institute.
 
In this long-form conversation we address some of the core issues artists and educators alike have been grappling with unnoticed for generations: mental health, well-being, and the hamster-wheel effect the neglect of the same threatens to have on the arts eco-system.
 
With side-notes of entrepreneurship for the artist, Disparities between European and North American attitudes towards education, and chocolate.
 

This episode is brought to you by: 

www.holisticpianoacademy.com 

Recorded on a Zoom L8 mixer kindly sponsored by:

https://www.sound-service.eu    

 

 

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26
Jul

Pop Stardom, Bombay, Berklee, and 20 Years In Music Business with Vasuda Sharma

Where others would be happy resting on the wreath of pop stardom at 18, Singer-Songwriter/Composer Vasuda Sharma decided to accept a scholarship to Berklee instead.
 
Following which she went on to crowdfund an international, large-ensemble, live debut album in Boston. Before she returned to Mumbai, where she went on to establish herself as one of India's first solo electronic acts, produce a Bollywood soundtrack, and make it to Rolling Stone magazine's cover as one of the country's pioneering women in Independent music.
 
All the while working on a game plan for a long-term, sustainable career as a full-time artist navigating the ever-changing patterns of one of the world's largest music industries.
 
In this long-form conversation, I catch up with my friend and collaborator on a frank discussion on the journey that's been, the fleeting era of the Indian Independent Renaissance, and how music continues to be her most preferred form of therapy.
 

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