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Kolkata born musician Tazim Sheikh creates a unique space for himself

Pianist/composer Tazim Sheikh is all set for the release of his debut album "Dwam". Born and brought up in Kolkata Tazim started h...

Pianist/composer Tazim Sheikh is all set for the release of his debut album "Dwam". Born and brought up in Kolkata Tazim started his musical journey as a pianist at the age of six from Jayanta Adak and continued learning till high school.

He pursued a degree in French and finished his bachelor's degree at EFLU, Hyderabad. After this point, he wanted to pursue his passion and make a career in music. He joined the prestigious "AR Rahman's foundation: KM music conservatory", Chennai, to do his grads in music. He learnt western classical piano performance from Adam Greg.

During his stay in this college, he received many merit-based scholarships to fund his music education. After finishing his course in Western Classical Piano performance and Hindustani Classical Diploma, he returned to Kolkata and went on to explore Jazz with Pradyumna Singh Manot aka Paddy, one of the most prominent and elite jazz musicians of India.

His musical career kickstarted from a "Tangy sessions: Hyderabad" during his graduation years which inspired him to pursue what he loves.

His journey involved leading bands and creating instrumental music out of collaborative experiences. He went forward taking part in reality shows like Ekam Satt World League and winning competitions and securing first place at the Brillante International Piano Festival.

He has worked with prominent figures from the industry like AR Rahman for "The Creative Indians" and performed with maestro Taufiq Qureshi and Grammy-winning Prakash Sontekke on multiple occasions. 

Tazim's music has various influences like Jazz, Hindustani Classical, Western Classical, Rock, and Folk music. He has a knack of composing and performing progressive music in a constant search for new sounds and fresh ways to think of fusion music.  He takes inspiration from multi genres - Miles Davies, Ahmad Jamal, Debussy, Ravel, Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, and bands like Shakti, and Tigran Hamasayan Trio to name a few. 

Tazim has a vision of playing progressive jazz music within an Indian classical and folk context and presenting instrumental performances in front of India's audience. Instrumental music has no boundary of language, region, religion, and country. 

Through the release of his debut album "Dwam", he wants to give the audience of India an opportunity to listen to a fresh perspective of progressive music in an Indian context and at the same time, showcase to the whole world Indian music in a more familiar sense to them through the fusion of rock and jazz music.

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