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Tarun Balani

Tarun Balani is a drummer, composer, percussionist and music educator living in New Delhi, India. In 2012, at age 27, Tarun released his debut record “Sacred World”, which has been said to “point to the future of jazz in India.” (Time Out, India).
Playing music through high school and after, Tarun was a member of Indian bands including Incognito, Advaita and Artistes Unlimited. When he was 18 years old, Tarun attended Drummers Collective in New York City, an experience that drew him forever to jazz.

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Tarun Balani has performed for bands like Advaita, Artistes unlimited and has been the first call drummer for artistes like Faridkot, Ujwal Nagar, Suhail Khan, Sharik Hasan, NoJazz (France), Brian Citro (USA).

The Moonshine Project -Hyderabad

Global Music Institute- Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh

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"Lately, Tarun Balani Collective has been inching towards the limelight and their music is slowly gathering momentum. Most of the songs in the band’s debut album have been written by Tarun Balani who is a product of the prestigious Berklee College of Music."

-Platform Magazine

“points to the future of jazz in India.”

-Time Out, India

“Sacred World is both modern and old-world, and displays a compositional maturity and quietness that belies Tarun’s age—he is 27.” -

-Live Mint, TheWall Street Journal

“With feet (and ears and hearts) anchored firmly in both India and jazz, [Balani’s] music articulates a confident disregard for the confines of labels and categories… [he has] a lot to say, and a unique way of saying it."

– Naresh Fernandes, author, and journalist.

“Sacred World transcends genres and smashes cultural barriers into a breathtaking presentation that is perhaps best describes as a mosaic of melodic wonder."

-Criticaljazz.com, USA

"Their model is perhaps a pointer to the future — young, passionate jazz men who blend several influences and make jazz accessible to this generation."

-Asian Age

"An astonishingly good blend of world music and contemporary jazz."

-Hindustan Times

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