CELEBRATED INTERNATIONAL PERFORMER TARA BASWANI TO PREMIERE SOLO PROJECT “QUEST: ORIGINS” DEBUT SINGLE, MY KIND, ESTABLISHES PERSONAL JOURNEY FOR MUSICAL TRILOGY EP AVAILABLE ON iTUNES FEBRUARY 24
(Toronto, ON) – She may be preparing to release her solo debut, but Tara Baswani is no stranger to the stage. As a lead singer/songwriter for Cirque du Soleil and a former vocalist for Indian bands Mrigya, Bombay Black and Euphoria, Tara Baswani brings a wealth of experience to her debut EP “Quest: Origins” which will be available on iTunes Tuesday, February 24th.
The EP is the first installment of a trilogy and follows Baswani’s semi-autobiographical journey as a woman and artist finding meaning in the world. Incorporating world-beats and acoustic sounds, Quest: Origins weaves global elements such as Indian tablas, tanpura, flute (bansuri), Brazilian zabumba with Western sounds like the electric fretless bass, 5-string polyphonic contrabass and lapsteel guitars.
In anticipation of the EP, Baswani has released an intimate, unplugged video of “My Kind” online for fans today, with the session streaming on SoundCloud as well. As the first single and most acoustic of the six-song EP, “My Kind” serves as a protest against sexual violence and gender discrimination. Baswani began writing the material that would become Quest: Origins two years ago in the wake of the vicious attack against a 23-yr old student who was violently assaulted and murdered in the back of a Delhi bus – prompting massive protests throughout India.
“As cases of sexual violence and gender discrimination escalated in India, I was left in a state of questioning. I felt compelled,” says Baswani about her songwriting. “As I ventured into the discovery of my own origins, I found that each song started as a reactive thought to each shared experience with a friend/family member and became my own truth, directly relating to my own state of being as an artist and a woman.”
As these stories turned into songs, she knew she wanted to unify and share the perceptions of female empowerment, identity, wisdom, solidarity, love, loss… and the Quest was born. The official video for “My Kind,” shot by photographer and filmmaker Tim Georgeson, is set for release during International Women’s Week (March 1-8).
Baswani is also preparing for her first live performance of the entire EP on April 14th at Nomad Nation in Montreal. The performance will include interactive art pieces and be broadcast live through NomadTV.