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Tuesday 25 September 2018
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Tinctures: Heads and Tales (performance + workshop)

March 6 @ 4:00 pm - 8:15 pm


Tinctures is a duo based out of Bangalore and Berlin, featuring Aman Mahajan on piano and Nishad Pandey on guitar. Performing entirely original repertoire, their music is an organic confluence of jazz, Western and Indian classical music, and contemporary influences.

–[CONCERT] 6:30pm | free entry
The duo will perform a set titled Heads and Tales, consisting exclusively of original material written for piano and guitar, of around 75 minutes in duration. Heads and Tales is Tinctures’ first compositional effort, with each piece having been conceived as a sonic environment in which various musical games are played, and concepts are explored. Primary to the duo’s musical concerns is the idea of musical interplay and narrative, drawn from sources often beyond the realms of music. The compositions provide fresh contexts for familiar sounds, and explore the nature of consonance and dissonance on the piano and guitar.

–[WORKSHOP FOR MUSICIANS] 4pm | Rs. 600 entry
Before their performance, Tinctures will also conduct a workshop for musicians, exploring compositional methods used, and discussing music performance and improvisation through the lens of their work.

topics: the duo’s approach to writing for piano and guitar • a breakdown of specific sections of the pieces • co-composing • ears + theory; using them in tandem • concept-based composition • rhythmic cycles • harmonic ideas • texture, dynamics, shape • Indian melodies applied to western harmonic frameworks • other tools for improvisation

// The concert and workshop are generously supported by Goethe-Institut Bangalore and Thomsun Bangalore. Tinctures will be on tour in March, performing at a few venues across India. To personally contribute towards the tour fund, visit

02.03 house concert in Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad
03.03 workshop + performance at Alliance Française, Hyderabad
04.03 performance at Tabula Rasa, Hyderabad
06.03 workshop + performance at Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore
07.03 house concert in Indiranagar, Bangalore
08.03 performance at Alliance Française, Calcutta
09.03 performance at Sienna Café, Calcutta
10.03 workshop at One World College of Music, Gurgaon
10.03 house concert in Siri Fort, New Delhi
11.03 performance at Depot48, New Delhi
12.03 workshop at The Piano Man Jazz Club, New Delhi
13.03 workshop at Global Music Institute, Greater Noida
14.03 house concert in Gurgaon
15.03 performance at Di Ghent Café, Gurgaon


Guitarist Nishad Pandey was born in India, but has spent extended periods of time living in Japan, UK, USA, and Australia. As a result of this nomadic existence, Nishad has been exposed to musical and cultural forms from across the globe. In addition to Tinctures, Nishad is a member of experimental world pop band Hatchlings, a free improvisation duo with Berlin-based violinist Roland Satterwhite, and Bengal to Bavaria, an acoustic trio in which folk repertoire from India and Germany provides a vehicle for contemporary improvisation.

Between 2011-17, Nishad was based in Kolkata, studying under renowned Indian Classical slide guitarist Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya, composing original music and performing widely. Nishad is now based in Berlin, where he works as a freelance guitarist, composer and teacher. He frequently collaborates with musicians from around the world. He also remotely curates events for Depot48, an independent music venue in Delhi.

Aman Mahajan is an Indian pianist, composer and improviser. His music is influenced by traditional and contemporary styles from around the world, and deeply inspired by a sense of unity and connection. Having worked with musicians of a plethora of nationalities and musical backgrounds, Mahajan is interested in improvisation as a tool with which to interact, explore and create.

A graduate of Berklee College of Music (Boston), Mahajan is presently based out of Bangalore, India. He also teaches music, both privately and as a faculty member at the Global Music Institute, Greater Noida.


March 6
4:00 pm - 8:15 pm


Goethe-Institut Bangalore
#716, CMH Road, Indiranagar 1st Stage
Bangalore, 560038 India