TINCTURES

We are a piano-guitar duo based out of Bangalore and Berlin, performing original repertoire with tinctures of jazz, Western and Indian classical music, and contemporary influences.

 

OUR STORY

We met in Bangalore in 2013, playing together in various projects (including Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya’s Calcutta Chronicles) before conceiving of Tinctures in late 2016. This was our first foray into co-composing – and we mean actually sitting together in the same room and creating music from scratch, using musical devices, concepts and metaphors, imagination, gameplay, and a back-and-forth between structure and exploration.

Musical improvisation is greatly important to us – it helps us interact in a way that transcends language. We used musical games and improvisation as ways to immerse ourselves in the composition process, and as seeds to create sound-worlds with.

Through our improvisations and compositions, Tinctures seeks to explore the nature of consonance and dissonance on the piano and guitar, creating sonic worlds to welcome listeners into.

 
 

OUR MUSIC

Our first album, Heads and Tales, is currently in production, and will be out in late 2019. It contains composed as well as entirely improvised pieces, frequently based on visual, conceptual or philosophical themes.

Our live concert program consists of compositions including World 1–1, See You In Berlin, Patterns, Uncharted, and Serpentine, as well as completely improvised pieces, based on a central theme or existing artistic work.

Our compositions and improvisations provide fresh contexts for familiar sounds, as well as familiar settings for fresh sounds. Spontaneous interplay and narrative are given prominence, inspired by concepts often drawn from beyond the realms of music.

Stylistically, our music is an eclectic confluence of three distinct traditions — jazz, Indian classical music, and European chamber music — performed on two instruments not commonly paired, forged through a process of gameplay and exploration.

 
 
 

WORKSHOPS

The duo conducts workshops at music schools and other venues, to share their approach, and to discuss the musical devices they use to compose and improvise.


PAST WORKSHOPS
25.01.2019 Theme Music Institute, Bangalore
19.01.2019 Octavium Music Academy, Bangalore
13.03.2018 Global Music Institute, Greater Noida
12.03.2018 The Piano Man Jazz Club, New Delhi
10.03.2018 One World College of Music, Gurgaon
06.03.2018 Goethe-Institut, Bangalore
28.01.2017 The Blue Room, Bangalore


WORKSHOP TOPICS
• the duo’s approach to writing for piano and guitar
• co-composing
• harnessing ears + theory, using them in tandem
• concept-based composition
• a breakdown of specific sections of the pieces
• rhythmic cycles, polyrhythms
• non-functional harmony
• tools for improvisation

 
 
 

PRESS


There was a little jazz, a little classical Indian music, a little classical Western music and a little I-don’t-know-what. But there was nothing little about the magical experience...the kind of music that is genre-free and looks to see how easily two people can collaborate with each other, without the usual boundaries of chord structure or defined rhythm.

Radha Thomas | Executive Traveller | 02.02.2019

[A] camaraderie that found its way into their process of composition...full of musical tropes and games, with equal parts structure and improvisation.

Darshana Ramdev | Deccan Chronicle | 26.01.2019

Both the musicians conversed in a true dialogue. Both listened to the other. Both the musicians put in their own point of view, simply, clearly and seamlessly.

Pratap Anthony | Serenade Magazine | 07.03.2018

Exploring sounds as diverse as their backgrounds from Bengaluru to Berlin, Tinctures brings the guitar and piano together for some harmonic manipulations.

Allan Moses Rodricks | The Hindu | 06.03.2018

...Ben Allison once said, “Jazz is an evolutionary art form. It’s always changing. I think it has to change otherwise it dies.” The same can be said about the sound of Tinctures.

Debarun Borthakur | The Times of India | 04.03.2018