Regarded as “one of the finest and most successful jazz drummers and composers to emerge from the country ” (The Wild City ), with his latest release “Dharma” on Berthold Records, Tarun Balani delivers yet another fearless, imaginative and heartfelt set of music.
While Tarun continues to feature his genre bending quartet with trumpeter Adam O’Farrill, pianist Sharik Hasan, guitarist Olli Hirvonen across the globe, he also broadens his palette with a gripping new live act as Seasonal Affected Beats in India. On his debut EP 2° as Seasonal Affected Beats, he brings the finesse, controlled volatility and discipline of jazz and merges it with malleability of electronic beats.
An inward and spiritual experience for Tarun, music has had a very special impact on his life, in finding his voice as an artist, and building a career as a composer, performer and an educator. His music is driven by a restless desire to be a holistic artist, and inspired by his Indian roots.
The music of Dharma represents Balani’s vision as a composer, inspired by his Indian roots yet drawing from a world of influences, and synthesising its expression in new improvised music. The sonic architecture of the band reaches a new pinnacle with a brand new line up featuring New York native trumpeter Adam O’Farrill, Finnish guitarist Olli Hirvonen, along side his long time friend and band mate pianist Sharik Hasan from India.Seasonal Affected Beats is Tarun’s alter ego and is a solo project where he explores electronic music. Referring to what he does as ‘improvised electronic music’, as Seasonal Affected Beats he brings the finesse, controlled volatility and discipline of jazz and merges it with malleability of electronic beats.
Quotes from the Press
“Tarun’s understated yet buoyant drumming and imaginative compositions are nothing short of remarkable.” – AllAboutJazz
“After listening to “Dharma”, which was released on the reputed German label Berthold Records, there is no doubt about how it all worked out for Balani. He is indubitably one of the finest and most successful jazz drummers and composers to have emerged from the country.” – The Wild City