Tarun & BPM
April 8, 2011 @
The Waverley Hotel
The beatmaster behind Delhi2Dublin tours his new solo project w/special guests: visuals by, Electrabelle, master percussionist and drummer Dave ‘Sharmaji’ Sharma (Sub Swara, NY) and glitch-hop duo BPM (Rup Sidhu and Nadia Chaney). The show promises to range from bhangra to drum’n’bass to chill-out.
Tarun is a hybrid, a meeting point between east and west; a cross-cultural (con)fusion. He is a classically trained tabla player, a DJ, and a producer, obsessed with fusing tradtional asian sounds with wikked electronic beats. He performs globally, trains in Mumbai, and represents the Canadian massive in Vancouver. On March 1, 2011, Tarun releases his first full-length solo album, 22º of Beatitude. Recording sessions with artists worldwide, 22º of Beatitude brings us to temples in Bhutan, to street corners in Tokyo and even to an intimate conversation between the artist and his grandmother. Breaking out of the dancefloor-driven format, Tarun’s aim was to record as many of the sounds as possible, live, without the use of sample libraries. Each of these songs tells a story, and each story is a chapter in the artist’s life. They are a decade-long evolution of sounds that blend culture, beats and bass. With influences ranging from Talvin Singh to Bassnectar, Tarun’s music aims to break boundaries and bring people together. As a part of Delhi 2 Dublin, Tarun has toured the globe and played some of North America’s biggest festivals. He produced their two full length albums that went to the Top 3 on the Canadian world music charts and settled into the top 10 on iTunes Canada world music charts. Tarun is also a founding member of Vancouver’s Beats Without Borders collective and has shared the stage with everyone from De La Soul to Cheb i Sabbah. His tracks and mashups get play on the CBC, BBC and college stations worldwide. In May 2010 he blended Akon’s ‘Beautiful’ with UK producer Swami’s ‘Sugarless’ in a mashup that received heavy airplay in the UK. He also recently scored ‘BAS! Beyond The Red Light’, a documentary on the lives of women in one of Mumbai’s red light districts. Together with partner Umar Akbar he also runs the cutting edge global electronica label and blog Chaiwalla’s Boombox. 22º of Beatitude will be released March 1, 2011 and will be complete with archival photos and videos that will accompany each track on the album and enhance the music into a dynamic visual experience. Electrabelle (mainstage visualist BTO 2008) will be projecting as part of the live show, set to hit Canada this spring. This multimedia extravaganza will kick off at 10 pm.