THE TAAL TANTRA EXPERIENCE: REVIEWS

1) Folkworld CD Reviews, Folk World Issue 43 11/2010

The Taal Tantra Experience "Sixth Sense"

Label: Ozella music; 027; 2010

The Taal tantra experience is a German-Indian band that mixes the Indian traditional music with Western styles, jazz and modern sounds. The album has ten new compositions mixing the best of both worlds. Strong craftsmanship and a good producer makes this a nice, accessible album for a wide audience. Of course there are dozens of other groups who mix Indian roots with modern music, jazz, rock and so on. But this Taal Tantra Experience is doing a great job with exciting combinations in a beautiful atmosphere of sounds.

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Eelco Schilder

2) Soulseduction.com

sixth sense - the taal tantra experience (CD) [listen now]

release date: 1/10/2010 - available to download

Transcendental German-Indian Sound Discourse While economists and social researchers argue about the pros and cons of globalization in the wake of the worldwide financial crisis, in music, the exchange and collaborations among the most diverse world music sounds and rhythms continue to flower in the most colorful ways. A current example of one such successful cooperation of different music cultures is the Taal Tantra Experience, which started up in 2001 in the German capital when a group of Berlin jazz musicians first met tabla virtuoso Tanmoy Bose. With Tanmoy Bose, who is touring the world with the greats of classical Indian music Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar, Amjad Ali Khan and who participated on two Grammy winning recordings „Concert for George“ (Eric Clapton) and „Full Circle“, the project really got going, first in Berlin and then on the Indian subcontinent. Tanmoy Bose, who was impressed by the skills and musical curiosity of the four Berlin jazz musicians, invited them to take part in an Indian concert tour in the spring of 2003, which

ended up in founding the The Taal Tantra Experience. The band, consisting of percussionist Andreas Weiser (Shank, Xiame, Degas/Weiser „Heimat“), guitarist Kai Brückner (Lisa Bassenge, Jocelyn B. Smith), bassist Max Hughes (Tino Gonzales, Kenny Martin), saxofonist/flutist Tilman Dehnhard (Nils Wülker, Sam Rivers) and Tanmoy Bose, produced their first CD in the same year, which however, was only released in India. Taal Tantra means roughly „Meditation on Rhythm". Influenced by the meditative power of ragas and their scale-oriented melody phrasing, and the complex rhythms of the Indian taals, the ten tracks on the new album „Sixth Sense“ produced by Andreas Weiser exude nothing less than hypnotic sensuality. Interacting with western jazz harmonics and sound and ambient-based production philosophy, a trans-continental sound emerged in which each element of style harmonizes

equally with the others. Recorded in a production process lasting about two years in Berlin and Calcutta, the quintett sees its current work as a permanently developing experiment of cultural west-east collaboration. A collaboration which feeds on musical contrasts and always leads to new, trendsetting results in the end. An enthralling and extremely audiolicious process. The energetic and energy-laden songs from the Taal Tantra Experience rev up both body and mind. The colorful sonority is amplified by Indian slide guitarist Battacharia(Shakti) and Bengalese "Baul" singer Basu Deb, who lend the European coating of 'Sixth Sense' an additional traditional Indian note.

by soulseduction
posted: 31 Aug 2010

3) The-borderland.co.uk

13/10/10

The Taal Tantra Experience - Sixth Sense

(OZ 027 CD)

The Taal Tantra Experience - Sixth SenseTaking two years to produce, this collaboration of German and Indian musicians is well worth the wait. An exhilarating mix of East meets West, Sixth Sense is one of those albums where the cross-fertilisation of cultures works very well indeed. I have always been a bit of a 'world' music fan and this collection of mostly upbeat tracks certainly hits the spot for me. Led by renowned Indian musician Tanmoy Bose on tablas and vocals - he was the catalyst for this project - there are up to sixteen musicians playing together on this music. It is a rich mix of Indian percussion and traditional instruments and vocals to which are added electric guitars, bass, saxes, flutes and trumpets - provided by the German element. I think one of the best examples of this cross-cultural synergy is the twelve minute long It's Been A Long Way - it continuously weaves the traditional Indian elements with more ambient sections, street recordings, and jazz vibes. It

really is the album's showpiece. But that doesn't reduce the rest of the album, there simply is not a bad track on this album. You can smell the rich spices in the market, hear the chaos of the traffic systems, and feel the overwhelming crush of the subcontinent's huge population. This is a Thomas Cooke package tour to the country from the safety of your armchair. The remaining tracks are: Khandem, Bhairabi, What We Need, Between The Worlds, Rikshaws On Rash Bihari, Trip To Kolkata, The Cobra, Puri and Howra Bridge. There are really far too many musicians to list here but I can say that Tanmoy Bose is more than matched by the assorted Indian and German musicians, and their commitment is tangible throughout this album. I loved Sixth Sense and hope the Taal Tantra Experience will record again, but please

don't let it take two years next time... Highly recommended and most definitely one of my albums of 2010 [and any other year, come to that].

4) tokafi

Taal Tantra Experience: Sixth Sense

flag   September 29th 2010, by Tobias Fischer

An everyday reality: Blissful Indian exultations and jazz stillness.

article imageDespite inspiring a wealth of classic albums over the past few decades,  cross-over has always had its fierce critics. Bill Dixon, never a man to shy away from strong opinions, was quick to denounce what he considered a movement towards creative dilution: „That's something one shouldn't do at all. You can't combine anything, really. You can't just create a new language from French, Spanish, Italian, German and Russian. What you can do is to allow yourself to be influenced by these different languages to be able to express yourself more clearly in your own mother tongue.“ Tell that to the members of the Taal Tantra Experience. An Indo- German cultural combustion engine sparked and formed by Tabla-master Tanmoy  Bose's

spontaneous decision to check out Berlin's scene for Jazz and improvisation on the spur of the moment, the formation are juxtaposing the West with the East, the spiritual with the physical, the immediate with the carefully meditated and the erruptively rhythmical with the sensually harmonic. On their second full-length, „Sixth Sense“, the five-piece, frequently extended into a more sizable ensemble through the inclusion of a plethora of guest musicians, even more importantly manage to make the result sound entirely seamless and of one piece: After opening tune „Khandam“ has gotten off to a blistering start on the strength of polyrhthmic scat-vocals, Bosey's invigorating jaw harp and a suspenseful groove, Tilmann Dehnhard lays out the main motive, a long and winding, constantly breaking and accelerating entity stretching out over several bars and culminating in a Kletzmer-affiliated sidetheme, which paves the ground for a string of solos, each formulated in a distinctly personal idiom of its

own and yet without creating harsh edges or crass contrasts. If there is a single, fundamental philosophy to the record as a whole – which actually seems highly unlikely considering the multitude of moods, styles and modes on display here – it must surely be that underneath regional garments and local dialects, there is a shared plateau on which the exchange of ideas, thoughts and emotions can take place on an intuitive and wordless level. The closest Taal Tantra have come to realising this vision is the progressive sonic architecture of „It's been a long way“, an organically stretched-out suite divided into three distinct and separate parts, which nonetheless add up to a cohesive whole. Over the course of its immersive twelve-and-a-half-minutes, this equally explorative, ambitious and immediate work runs the gamut from the Blues and Sound Art to Pop and hypnotic Electronica and back

again, incorporating field recordings and a colorful instrumentation of Tablas and Sanfona alongside Percussion, Bass and Guitar. It also sees the musicians playing with concepts of space: While the opening section, in which Kai Brückner's guitar navigates through a maze of atmospheric chords, can be considered representative of the intimate and film-noir mood of a club gig, the trippy middle movement, driven by insistently funky rhythmics and cosmic vocals, appears to be floating through the air far away from earthly limitations. Its form, marked by both fluent and abrupt changes of tempo, ambiance and accents, neither dogmatically adheres to the impro-tradition nor the parameters set by Indian music, creating a new and idiosyncratic framework for expression instead. While the remaining material is of a decisively more concise and familiar quality, the album as a whole seems to have been conceptualised as a singular journey, with tracks corresponding to each other like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle. While the music, on an individual compositional level, leans towards the integrative rather than the confrontational, the carefully balanced contrasts between tracks create a far more expansive tension arch instead: From the

blissful exultations of „Rikshaws on Rash Bihari“ to the jazzy stillness of „Between the

Worlds“ and from the soulful reed-harmonies of „What we need“ to the raw Rock-riffing of „The Cobra“, the album moves forward with both grace and an undeniable pulse, its snapshots adding up to a vivid photo album.Whether or not the result is truly a new language is of no relevance whatsoever here. Taal Tantra don't treat the cross-over-debate as though it were a hypothetical linguistic metaphor or about a Utopian vision for the future. Instead, they treat cultural integration and cross-border

communication as what they really are: An everyday reality, which can be treated either as a threat or an inspiration. For „Sixth Sense“, they have thankfully opted for the latter.

By Tobias Fischer
Homepage: Taal Tantra Experience
Homepage: Ozella Records
Tags: cd feature, experimental, improvisation, jazz, world music, india, ozella music, taal

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5) Blog: musical-heritage2

 http://musical-heritage2.blogspot.com/2010/09/

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An exciting and exquisitely colorful album with an Indian core and European wrapping – that’s what The Taal Tantra Experience is delivering here. The German and Indian musicians combine raga and jazz, European and Indian rhythms into a transcontinental sound never quite heard before. Tanmoy Bose belongs to the band, who is touring the world with the greats of classical Indian music Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar, Amjad Ali Khan and who participated on two Grammy winning recordings „Concert for George" (Eric Clapton) and „Full Circle".

 Tuesday, 21 September, 2010 Anonymous said...
 Really interesting album!!
 Thanks!
 Wednesday, 03 November, 2010

6) Rocktimes

The Taal Tantra Experience / Sixth Sense
Six Sense Spielzeit: 59:43

Review vom 17.10.2010

Ausgangspunkt für dieses Fusionprojekt ist Berlin, als sich 2001 deutsche Jazzer mit dem indischen Musiker Tanmoy Bose trafen. Der Tablaspieler arbeitete mit solchen Größen der indischen Musikszene wie Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar und Amjad Ali Khan zusammen und verfügt über eine große musikalische Erfahrung. Zur endgültigen Formation von The Taal Tantra Experience kam es im Frühjahr 2003, als die Berliner Musiker zu einer Tournee nach Indien eingeladen wurden.

'Taal Tantra' bedeutet übersetzt 'Meditation über Rhythmus'. In diesem Sinne kann man sich der Musik auch gut annähern, ist sie doch stets von Rhythmen getrieben und darüber vonmelodienreichen, teils meditativ erscheinenden Beiträgen ergänzt. Das Zusammentreffen der musikalischen Kulturen ist zu einer wahren Einheit geworden, beide schließen sich nicht aus, sondern übernehmen bestimmte jeweilige Eigenarten auf faszinierende Weise. Ein Dialog, der gelungen ist, Jazz und Raga, indischer Zauber, europäische Sachlichkeit, beide befruchten sich, es wird eigentlich nie langweilig. Gerade in den langen Titeln findet ständige Entwicklung statt, manchmal so viel, dass es mit zwei oder drei Hördurchgängen noch nicht abgehandelt ist. Das spricht für eine Menge noch schlummerndem Potential, so dass für weitere Produktionen noch reichlich Raum sein sollte. Mich fasziniert ganz einfach, wie sich die deutschen Musiker offensichtlich dem indischen

Zauber hingeben, ihm verfallen zu sein scheinen. Jedenfalls springt das genau so auf mich über. Ob es der "Trip To Kolkata" ist oder die beschriebene "Howrah Bridge", ich fühle mich stets eher nach Indien versetzt als in Deutschland zu sein, aufgenommen wurde anteilig in Berlin und in Kalkutta. Auffällig ist, dass sich angesichts der vielen Solisten niemand in den Vordergrund drängt, die Soli sind allesamt zwar mit persönlicher Ausprägung, seien es die Saxofonisten oder der Gitarrist Brückner, versehen, wirken jedoch sehr gruppen- und sounddienlich.

"Tak-Ke-Teka-Tak-Teteka...", so etwa erklingt es neben einer Maulorgel beim ersten Titel, bevor der Rhythmus einsetzt, zu dem sich Saxofon und Tablas gesellen, das ist schon einmal ein äußerst interessanter Beginn dieser Platte, und nach Lesen der Pressemitteilung habe ich die Musik mit Spannung erwartet. Und Spannung ist genau das, was sich wie ein roter Faden durch die Laufzeit zieht. Der E-Bass bietet gleich ein grummelnd tiefes Fundament und Kai Brückner tobt sich filigran auf diesem fernöstlichen Teppich aus. Track 2 startet mit Akkordeonklängen und bietet schon wieder eine neue Ausrichtung, dazu wieder ein unwiderstehlich sanft wiegender indischer Rhythmus. Sehr gelungen ist, und das kann ich bereits feststellen, diese Verknüpfung von Ost und West. Musik von Al DiMeola

kommt mir in den Sinn, als auch dieser, weniger wild, mit anderen Musikkulturen

musikalisch liebäugelte, also sehr entspannte und hochwertige Fusion. Hierzu bietet gerade das zweite Stück mit seiner langen Laufzeit von 12:26 ausreichend Gelegenheit, hier kann man wirklich gespannt sein, was musikalisch hinter der nächsten Ecke lauert. Und genau so inspiriert und inspirierend geht es weiter bis zum Schluss des knapp 60- minütigen Ausflugs in eine ganz andere Welt. Diese Musik ist für Jazzfreunde und für Anhänger von World Musik gleichermaßen geeignet. Spannende Musik, mit der zwar grundsätzlich kein unbedingt neuer Weg beschritten wurde, der jedoch in seiner Ausführung frisch wirkt und insofern doch einen neuen Weg darstellt. Ich spreche hiermit eine sehr grosse Empfehlung aus! TIPP!

7) Musik an sich

http://www.bandungworldjazz.com/2009/taal-tantra/

The Taal Tantra Experience
Sixth Sense

Sixth Sense ist die Verschmelzung von Raga und Jazz, europäische Rhythmen werden mit indischen Weisen vermischt, um so einen transkontinentalen Sound entstehen zu lasen. The Taal Tantra Experience liefern gekonnt den Beweis, dass die Verschmelzung dieser verschiedenen kulturellen Ansätze problemlos möglich ist, wenn man sich mit der Materie beschäftigt. Und Tanmoy Bose an den Tablas gehört sicherlich zu den Kennern seiner heimatlichen Musik, wie kaum ein anderer. Nicht umsonst war er mit Größen wie Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar und Amjad Ali Khan auf Tour. 2001 tat er sich mit einem Kollektiv hervorragender Berliner Jazzmusiker zusammen und man formte sich zur The Taal Tantra Experience. Neben Tanmoy Bose gehören Perkussionist Andreas Weiser (Shank, Xiame, Degas/Weiser „Heimat"), Gitarrist Kai Brückner (Lisa Bassenge, Jocelyn B. Smith), Bassist Max Hughes (Tino Gonzales, Kenny Martin) und Saxofonist/Flötist Tilman Dehnhard (Nils Wülker, Sam Rivers) zur Band. Verstärkt hat man

sich auf dem aktuellen Album Sixth Sense um mehrere Sängerinnen und Sänger, aber auch verschieden Mitstreiter an traditionellem indischem Instrumentarium bevölkerten das Studio.

Herausgekommen ist eine sinnliche Reise, mal lebhaft, mal verträumt melancholisch.

Manchmal entdeckt man Klänge, die an einen Jan Garbarek, Mari Boine oder Pat Metheny erinnern, dann ist man wieder stärker im indischen Subkontinent unterwegs und dennoch wird hier ein eigenständiger, farbenprächtiger Sound gesponnen, der mit jedem Hördurchgang weiter an Tiefe und Fülle gewinnt.

Sixth Sense ist der Beweis, dass die Vermischung verschiedener Einflüsse zu einer wirklichen Weltmusik zusammenfinden kann, die daneben auch noch enorm virtuos gespielt wird und viel Spaß macht. Empfehlung!

Ingo Andruschkewitsch

8)Psycofolk.com, Indojazzreview.html#anchor_125 (febr.2011)

Ozella Music    The Taal Tantra Experience : Sixth Sense (D/IND,2010)****'

This super World Jazz Fusion group consists of 16 participating German and Indian musicians, including percussionist Tanmoy Bose (who shared stages with Ravi and also Anoushka Shankar) as a steady member, and Dabashish Bhattacharya on one track. The band is not only good with attractive jazzy melodies and rhythmic skills but also in well hanging together colourful arrangements making a fluent melodic groove and convincing mood with a high level in the arrangements. It is great that several sorts of vocal arrangements compromise jazz and skatting and filmic wordless singing with the Indian rhythmical singing, and we have a few electric texturing arrangements adapted into the mix too. The tracks surprise with a fresh swing the whole time. This is a matured renewed experience after the younger exploratory years of jazz fusion in the 70s. Here the result became neither jazz, fusion or world music or some kind of rock but a perfect united mix of possibilities with common roots in jazz, jazz-rock and Indian music.

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9)J&R Homepage: www.jr.com

Notes: Personnel: Tanmoy Bose (vocals, tabla); Andreas Weiser, Andreas Weiser (vocals, percussion); Mainak, Debasmi, Basudev Das Baul, Nina Ernst (vocals); Kai Brckner (guitars, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, sarod); Debashish Bhattacharya (slide guitar); Debashish (sarangi); Tilmann Dehnhard (flute, tenor saxophone); Jan Von Klewitz (alto saxophone); Martin Klingeberg (trumpet). Photographers: Gregor von Glinski; Andreas Weiser . While "Tantra" rhymes with mantra and the artful CD cover gives off a vibe of multicultural exotica, the term "Taal Tantra" actually roughly translates to "Meditation on Rhythm" -- a goal beautifully and hypnotically achieved by the five-piece quintet (four Berlin-based jazz musicians and tabla master Tanmoy Bose) over a two-year recording period in Berlin and Calcutta. Bose, who first joined forces with the others in 2001, is a familiar voice on the Indian/global music scene via his tours with Ravi and Anoushka Shankar and Amjad Ali Khan and his participation on recordings like Concert for George (an all-star memorial concert tribute to George Harrison) and Full Circle. In creating its trippy and hypnotic transcendental fusion of dreamy melodies, jazz improvisation, and vocal and percussion experimentation, the quintet creates a colorful and seductive East-West dialogue that shows how music overpowers the forces that divide cultures. For the casual, curious listener, it's probably best to get caught up in the entirety of the project, because most of the tracks evolve into multidimensional mood-swing experiences. A few individual highlights bear mentioning, however. "Khandam" begins with the wild, breathy vocal percussion of Bose and Andreas Weiser before a darting jazz melody driven by saxman Tilmann Dehnhard heats up; this gives way to a spirited electric guitar improvisation (over a steady percussion line) by Kai Brckner. "It's Been a Long Way" lives up to its name as a 12-minute steady meditation populated by powerful, seductive vocal chants (first male, later angelic female), the sanfona (like an accordion), jazz guitar, and a soulful sax interlude backed by city sounds and distant distorted chants. The heart and soul of the collection is the moody, atmospheric "Between the Worlds," which features female chanting, a swirling melody on the bansuri flutes, a touch of swooping sax, double bass, and the exotic spice of the shennai. If you've never heard of these instruments, that seems to be the point -- to use this fascinating music as a springboard to learning about other cultures. Jazz and Eastern music have rarely blended so well. ~ Jonathan Widran

10) Taal Tantra Experience - Sixth Sense

Sixth Sense (Ozella Music, 2011)

By TJNelson

August 9, 2011Posted in: CD Reviews

Set for release August 9th, Sixth Sense draws listeners into the musical amalgam that is The Taal Tantra Experience. This cross pollination of German jazz and Indian musicians leaps over traditional boundaries, pushes against the strictures of genre and discovers a lush musical collaboration that’s bound to earn the group a devoted fan following. Musically trekking and recording Six Sense in Berlin and Calcutta, The Taal Tantra Experience discovers a land where European jazz wends its way through the Indian raga. The result is a sophisticated, savvy blend that’s boldly energetic and inventive.

The Taal Tantra Experience came out of a 2001 meet between Tanmoy Bose and a group of German jazz musicians. Those in the know on the Indian music scene will know tabla player and vocalist Tanmoy Bose from his work with Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar and Amjad Ali Khan and his work on the Grammy award winning Concert for George. Rounding out The Taal Tantra Experience’s sound are percussionist Andreas Weiser, guitarist Kai Bruckner, bassist Max Hughes and saxophonist/flutist Tilman Dehnhard.

Opening with some impressive vocals on the track “Khadandam,” Sixth Sense wows the listener with full-bodied tracks that rest on an edge where east meets west. Brightly colored jazz tracks spiced with the mysteries of the Indian raga make for a pleasing mix. Fleshing out “Khadandam” with plush guitar, sax and sharply worked percussion against the sweeping musical landscape complete with dishy guitar lines and sanfona by Lukas W. Vargas on “It’s Been a Long Way” makes unpredictably wonderful.

Other gems include the tabla and brass fired “Bhairabi,” the swanky fueled “Between the Worlds” and the darkly mysterious track entitled “The Cobra.” “Howrah Bridge” is another stunning track, steeped in a mix of flute, tabla, sarod, guitar and bass with Mr. Bose’s fiery vocals. Fans will also want to check out “What We Need” to get a listen of Debashish Bhattacharya on the slide guitar.

The musical mix of Sixth Sense seduces the listener with this intriguing blend and soars with consummate musicianship.

About TJNelson

TJ Nelson is a regular CD reviewer and editor at World Music Central. She is also a fiction writer. Check out her latest book, Chasing Athena's Shadow. Set in Pineboro, North Carolina, Chasing Athena's Shadow follows the adventures of Grace, an adult literacy teacher, as she seeks to solve a long forgotten family mystery. Her charmingly dysfunctional family is of little help in her quest. Along with her best friends, an attractive Mexican teacher and an amiable gay chef, Grace must find the one fading memory that holds the key to why Grace’s great-grandmother, Athena, shot her husband on the courthouse steps in 1931. Traversing the line between the Old South and New South, Grace will have to dig into the past to uncover Athena’s true crime.

11)Interkulturelles Stuttgart (world music charts)

Längst sind Musik und Formationen nicht mehr so ohne weiteres einer bestimmten Nationalität zuzuordnen. Auch "The Taal Tantra Experence" ist so ein Fall. Die seit 2001 bestehende Formation setzt sich aus vier Berliner Jazzmusikern, dem indischen Tabla-Virtuosen Tanmoy Bose, dem SlidegitarristenDebashish Battacharia und dem bengalischen Sänger Baus  Deb zusammen und präsentiert auf ihrem Album "Sixth Sense" transkonontinental inspirierten Jazz. Das Repertoire besteht aus rhythmischen Stücken, mal jazzig, mal Arabeske gespielt, mit einer geradezu hypnotisierenden Sinnlichkeit.

Dabei arbeitet die siebenköpfige Band mit unterschiedlichen thematischen Mitteln, die äußerst wirkungsvoll in Szene gesetzt werden. Innerhalb eines auf kollektive Spielfreude gepolten Ensembles erweisen sich vor allem der indische Tablaspieler Tanmoy Bose und der Berliner Saxophonist Tilman Dehnhard als herausragende Solisten der Gruppe. Ihr Gespür für eingängie Rhythmen geben den Stücken Khandam, It´s been a long way, Bhairabi oder Trip to Kolkata erst den nötigen Drive.

Vor allem die einnehmenden Linien und das rückhaltlose Bekenntnis zur schönen Melodie sind in den zehn Stücken vorherrschend: eine Mischung aus indischer Spiritualität und westlicher Jazzharmonik, rhythmisch ungemein komplex, mit einer verblüffenden musikalischen Offenheit.

Die Musiker schöpfen die ganze Bandbreite zwischen gehauchten und kräftig vollen Tönen aus. Das Ergebnis: eine zum Teil magisch-umschmeichelnde Musik, die Altes mit Neuem, Unerhörtes mit Uraltem mischt. 

Jürgen Spieß

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