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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.
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Aman Mahajan is an Indian pianist/composer, keenly interested in improvised music as a medium of interaction and exploration. His current work is influenced by a diversity of traditional and contemporary forms of music from around the world, often concept-driven, and inspired by a sense of unity and connection. He has performed widely on the Indian music circuit, and in Europe and USA, at a number of music venues, concert halls and music festivals, including Jazzwerkstatt Graz (Austria, 2018), Jazz Utsav (New Delhi, 2017), EUROPAFest (Sinaia, 2015), Festival of Sacred Music (Thiruvaiyaru, 2015), Goa Jazz Festival (Goa, 2014), IndiEarth XChange (Madras, 2014), Kasauli Rhythm & Blues Festival (Kasauli, 2014), goMAD Festival (Ooty, 2013) and MAD Festival (Ooty, 2012).
Mahajan is presently based in Bangalore, involved with his solo piano project Refuge, piano-guitar duo Tinctures with Berlin-based guitarist Nishad Pandey, 2 For the Road with vocalist Radha Thomas, and cross-cultural trio Mystik Vibes with percussionist Muthu Kumar, and flautist Amith Nadig. Focussed on the growth and development of contemporary improvised music in India, Mahajan also teaches music privately at his piano studio in Bangalore, and has been a returning faculty member at the Global Music Institute, Greater Noida.