Tarun Nayar Photo Essay by Stephanie Bentzen
Tarun Nayar played the Waldorf
Photographs by Stephanie Bentzen
Tarun Nayar is part of Delhi 2 Dublin, an energetic dance band that mixes a mash-up of Bhangra, Celtic, Dub, Reggae and Electronica with global rhythms and club beats. Tarun’s music is not much different. He played at the Waldorf putting everybody to dance, the energy was high during the night. He just released his solo album called 22 degrees of Beautitude with ten songs that sound a little trippier than the regular Dehli to Dublin. The concert was to promote the CD. It is a gem for the lovers of world music and fusion experiments that involve electronic beats. Tarun, also a Vancouver-based DJ/producer has travelled across the globe touring and collecting sounds for the last ten years for his Asian-fused electronica music. As you can see Tarun was joined by some talented musicians to make memorable night. He also took his sounds to the east of Canada.
He produced Delhi 2 Dublin two full length albums that went to the Top 3 on the Canadian world music charts and settled into the top 10 on iTunes Canada world music charts. Tarun is also a founding member of Vancouver’s Beats Without Borders collective and has shared the stage with everyone from De La Soul to Cheb i Sabbah. His tracks and mashups get play on the CBC, BBC and college stations worldwide. In May 2010 he blended Akon’s ‘Beautiful’ with UK producer Swami’s ‘Sugarless’ in a mashup that received heavy airplay in the UK. He also recently scored ‘BAS! Beyond The Red Light’, a documentary on the lives of women in one of Mumbai’s red light districts. Together with partner Umar Akbar he also runs the cutting edge global electronica label and blog Chaiwalla’s Boombox.