''I'm 'German' of Indian ancestry who thinks in English and grew up on Arab food. There is no box for me. Or my music.''
To try and classify Singer-Songwriter/Keyboardist/Composer-Producer T.L. Mazumdar might just be missing the whole point.
A life spent growing up in North Africa, UK, India and Germany. A head thinking in four different languages. And a musical background spent with musicians who would never share a stage together.
''When you spend your formative years with constantly changing backdrops, you realise at some point, that you'll always be at home and out of place everywhere. Music was the only constant companion. One which made sense no matter what the backdrop was.''
Born to a young couple of doctors fond of travelling, Mazumdar left India at the tender age of seven months to spend the next years of his life living between North Africa, UK, Mainland Europe and India.
''It was only when I found myself standing in the middle of a Kolkata classroom in India in my adolescent years with everyone laughing at my London accent did I realise that I was home to a very foreign country. Way more foreign than what family gatherings during holidays had ever prepared me for. And then a decade later my German friends would call me 'Apu' because they thought I was speaking with what they considered Indian English. One which I had worked so hard to learn to fit in with my Kolkata mates just a few years earlier. These days my Brit friends say I'm too 'German', because I apparently take everything too seriously'', he says laughing, with just the slightest tinge of irony.
A natural nomad based between Germany, India, UK and more recently Lisbon, T.L. Mazumdar has been called 'a major talent' by Jack Douglas (Producer: Miles Davis/John Lennon/Aerosmith etc.—Quote on sonicbids.com) and ''among a handful of Indian musicians who are trying to break the Western stereo-type that they have to play sitars or tablas, or sing Bollywood and bhangra numbers'' (Time-Out Magazine).
Nominated for the German National Award 'Bremer Jazzpreis 2012' and 'Future Sounds Jazz Award 2014.In the past decade his journey spans Bangla-Rock bands, international Jazz-Fesivals in Asia and Europe, concerts for 14 million viewers on National TV with a Grammy Winning artist and collaborations with award-winning Platinum Producers and musicians from around the globe. Compositions for film and theater and being included on India's first official Anthology of Indian Electronic Artists (HUB-Indian Electronica Yearbook Project) together with the likes of Talvin Singh, Nitin Sawhney and Karsh Kale, being called the 'only Germany-Based representative of Indian electronic music' (IMC Radio, Hamburg) have been part of the same .
''This is my life. Bringing worlds together. The dreamer and the nerd. The cerebral and intuitive. The skeptic and the believer. The lost and found.''
''...personifies multi-culturalism like few others do...treads musical and linguistic boundaries with ease and confidence''. --Rolling Stone Magazine
''...beautifully crafted and produced...a major talent.''--- Jack Douglas (Producer: John Lennon, The Who, Miles Davis, Aerosmith etc.)”
''Difficult to say what earns this musician more admiration: his soulful singing and sovereign Arrangements? How effortlessly he handles his keyboards and electronics? Or the stylistic independence, with which the different worlds he travels free of dissent are brought and melted together nonchalantly…unique and unpretentious..'' --- Badische Zeitung, Germany
“Combination of intellect and intuition..among a handful of Indian musicians who are trying to break the Western stereotype that they have to play sitars or tablas, or sing Bollywood and bhangra numbers...shows production skills that a veteran would be proud of.”--- TimeOut India
''Reverting from conscious acceptance and amber warnings of stillness, A fabulous ensemble of artful insolence, in the things that make one’s place.'' -- Come Here Floyd (US)
''....heady stuff.... Improvisation sparked off by completely random audience interaction...bloody magical.''--- NME India
''Aufregend und einfach unerhört gut''-- Jury, Bremer Jazzpreis 2012
''...sounds like Stevie Wonder on acid!'' -- Rez Abbasi
''The only Germany-based representative of Indian Electronic music''---IMCRadio Hamburg
“..multi-faceted, multi-talented and encompasses everything that is fresh and contemporary in the music business today”---
Blue Frog, Mumbai
“''The earliest pioneer of the fringe and experimental side of electronic music in Kolkata''.”--- HUB - Indian Electronica Yearbook Project
''..charismatischen Ausnahmemusiker'' -- GEA.de