Taufiq Qureshi, an ace percussionist of India, referred to as a game changer, is also an acclaimed composer. Taufiq is recognized for his path-breaking and trend-setting work, as a performing artiste and as composer/arranger in the field of world music. Taufiq has been ably successful at taking the nuances of traditional rhythms of India to an alternate form of World Music and offering it to a larger audience, comprising of all age groups and from different parts of the world.
Being the son and disciple of the legendary tabla maestro Ustad Allarakha; Taufiq’s performances showcase the traditional flavour and intricacies of Indian rhythm, interwoven with the sparkle of his phenomenal command over contemporary world percussions.
Taufiq has pioneered and developed a distinct technique of playing the African percussion instrument, Djembe, in the context of Indian rhythmic compositions. It is solely to Taufiq’s credit that today the Djembe is making its presence felt on the music and concert scene in India.
He has designed a new language as a bridge to transpose the traditional Tabla repertoire onto this non Indian instrument. His version of the Djembe is inspiring a whole new breed of percussionists in India.
Taufiq’s trademark style of using his ‘in and out breath’ and incorporating body and vocal percussions, to create unique rhythmic motifs spanning across cultures; has become a trend. His sense of tone and his mastery over a wide variety of percussions adds a unique element to any collaboration and thus enhances a fusion music concert.
Taufiq s album Rhydhun, amongst others is said to be a bench mark for World Music in India way back in the year 2000. Taufiq has been featured as a performing artiste in the 2009 Grammy-Award winning album, 'Global Drum Project'. Taufiq's albums have been released world over and he has performed at prestigious Music festivals all over the globe. He has been a recipient of the Gold Award for the best music at the Cannes Ad Film Festival and at the London International Festival for some of his exemplary advertisement jingles. Taufiq has lent a third dimension to many a chart buster songs and background score tracks of the Indian Film Industry genre of music, by virtue of his inimitable sense of rhythm arrangement and feel for sound.
This exceptionally versatile percussionist, is the worthy torchbearer of a rich legacy of percussion, being the son and disciple of the legendary Ustad Allarakha and brother of the maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain by whom he has been greatly influenced. Taufiq has been fortunate to have received guidance from Ghatam Vidhwan, Pandit Vikku Vinayakram.
Over the last fifteen years, he has been imparting training to deserving students, some of whom are now making their mark and carrying forward his work.
Taufiq continues to evolve as a musician in the ever-inspiring world of music.
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Surya- the New Sun, an Indian Classical fusion band is conceived by the ace percussionist and acclaimed composer, Taufiq Qureshi.
It beautifully amalgamates the flavours of ethnic and world music. It is an explosive performance of Taufiq’s World Percussions fused with Indian rhythms on the Djembe and Hindustani melodies on either the Sitar or the Sarod; supported by the keyboard.
Taufiq’s path breaking performances showcase the traditional flavour and intricacies of Indian rhythm, interwoven with his phenomenal command and sparkle of contemporary world percussions.
Taufiq’s trademark style incorporates body and vocal percussions to create unique rhythmic motifs spanning across cultures. The mellifluous sound of the strings create melodies steeped in Indian Classical Music, which also are reflected through the electronic mode of the strings; (the electronic Sitar or the electronic Sarod) and fly beyond boundaries of Ethnic Music.
Though the maestros have classicism in thought, they relate to the ideas and influences of present-day music. The wavelength of these accomplished musicians reaches a fantastic high when they perform together.
Taufiq can grapple the pulse of the audience and communicate musically to varied audiences.
Some concerts of Surya-the new Sun, also feature the versatile Indian drum, Tabla and additional percussionists to add an energetic zing.
‘Mumbai Stamp’ is an innovative band conceived and formed by TAUFIQ QURESHI, where trash material is put to use creatively to explore new rhythmic horizons.
‘Mumbai Stamp’, led by Taufiq; consists of 5 to 6 young drummers who play on all sorts of waste materials like bins, cans, tin boxes, buckets etc. Vibrant patterns of rhythm originating from these non conventional instruments take the audience to another level of energy. The power emanating from these spirited trash boxes, the superb co-ordination of the band and the phenomenal ability of Taufiq to stroke a rhythmic cadence out of any surface make MUMBAI STAMP a unique band.
‘Mumbai Stamp’ has entertained many an audiences, all over India. The amazing rhythmic motifs, Taufiq weaves along with his band members, leaves the listener wanting for more; the band enjoys the appreciation of all types of audience-be it music lovers, corporate world or the novice.
‘Mumbai Stamp’ has left its indelible “stamp” on many a hit Bollywood Blockbuster Songs and background scores, like Dhoom 2, Bhool Bhulaiya, ABCD 1 and 2 to name a few.
This band catches the pulse of the audience and in fact is a spectacle to watch as well.