Refuge

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THE MUSIC

REFUGE is a set of musical themes exploring ideas of home and paying homage to inward journeys. Although created through an intensely personal process, the music deals with the human condition, and finds resonance with listeners across the globe.

Composed between 2005–2018, the music thrives on a synthesis of myriad influences – jazz, Indian music, European classical music, East Asian themes, West African music, and folk music from around the world. Equal parts structured and improvised, Refuge has been performed in various instrumentations, featuring instruments as diverse as tabla, duduk, saxophones, vocals, bass clarinet and drum set. Casual and extended improvisation play a key role in exploring each theme.

This is essentially a collection of pieces that originated on the piano, and travelled across continents on various collaborations meeting a multitude of musicians and audiences along the way, to return to the piano in this avatar.

UPDATE: Aman Mahajan’s debut album, Refuge, will be out in late 2019.

Compositions

Refuge (2005) | Leifmotif (2005) | Sitaphalmandi (2005) | Connections (2008) | Where Is It? (2011) | The Ten Thousand Questions (2012) | Load Shedding (2013) | Sun Dance (2013) | Beginningless (2014) | Unnamed (2017)

The Composer

Aman Mahajan is a pianist, composer and improviser based in Bangalore, India, playing improvised music across a diversity of musical idioms. His current work is influenced by traditional and contemporary forms of music from around the world, often concept-driven, and inspired by a sense of unity and connection. He is keenly interested in improvised music as a medium of interaction and exploration.

PERFORMANCES

UPCOMING

29.10.2019 Brillante Piano Festival at Music Academy Kohima, Nagaland

PAST

15.06.2019 house concert in Gachibowli, Hyderabad
25.05.2019 The Blue Room, Jayanagar, Bangalore
04.05.2019 Jagriti Theatre, Whitefield, Bangalore
27.04.2019 Monk Studio, HSR Layout, Bangalore
16.12.2018 Courtyard Koota, Bangalore
18.11.2018 Theme Piano World, Bangalore
09.11.2018 The Bangalore School of Music
02.11.2018 Art Bengaluru, UB City, Bangalore
27.10.2018 [workshop] Taaqademy, Halasuru, Bangalore
14.09.2018 Musicians for Kodagu, Alliance Française de Bangalore
21.07.2018 The Muse Room, Bangalore
30.06.2018 The Blue Room, Bangalore
14.04.2018 India Center, Graz
11.04.2018 JazzWerkstatt 2018, Graz
14.11.2016 The Piano Man Jazz Club, New Delhi
11.10.2016 The Piano Man Jazz Club, New Delhi
09.04.2015 Carrots, Bangalore

 

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