Taufiq Qureshi biography
Taufiq Qureshi : Profile
Taufiq Qureshi, an ace percussionist of India is also an acclaimed composer. Being the son and disciple of the legendary tabla maestro, Ustad Allarakha; Taufiq’s performances showcase the traditional flavour and intricacies of Indian rhythm, interwoven with his phenomenal command and sparkle of contemporary world percussions.
Taufiq’s stint with live performances began with the creation of his own world music band, ‘Surya’ way back in 1986-87. Since then he has collaborated with several, eminent contemporary and renowned senior artistes and maestros on the concert platform; at events such as: International Festivals of Jazz Music, World music Fusion concerts, Multinational Corporate Product Launches and Indian Classical Music Conferences; all over India & abroad.
A dedicated self-learner, Taufiq soon discovered his greatest asset; ‘a feel’ for the world of sound with all its intricate nuances. This quality makes him one of the most sought after rhythm-programmers, arranger-composers and percussionists in the world of studio recordings (film background scores, ad-jingles, albums, etc.).
Taufiq’s own albums like, ‘Colours of Rajasthan’ (1995), ‘Rhydhun’ (2000), ‘Taalisma’ (2002), ‘PercJam’ (2003), Bombay Fever (2006), Mystic Soundscapes- Forest (2007) are a result of his creative versatility as a producer- composer and percussionist.
Taufiq’s album ‘Rhydhun’ is said to have set new standards for world music in India. ‘Rhydhun’ was the first of its kind to be released in India. Some tracks from ‘Rhydhun’ have been featured in international labels titled, ‘Mondo Beat-Master of Percussion’ & ‘India-The Greatest Songs Ever’. ‘Rhydhun’ itself has been released in other countries like: Japan, Germany and United Kingdoms.
Taufiq Qureshi is the worthy torchbearer of a rich legacy of percussion, being the son and disciple of the legendary Ustad Allarakha and brother of the maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain. Taufiq has been greatly influenced by his illustrious brother, Ustad Zakir Hussain and is privileged to receive guidance from Ghatam Vidhwan, Pandit Vikku Vinayakram.
Taufiq’s trademark style incorporates body and vocal percussions to create unique rhythmic motifs spanning across cultures. His sense of tone and command over a wide variety of percussion instruments (like: djembe, duff, bongos, batajon, etc.) is phenomenal. After a long and arduous journey of over twenty years, Taufiq continues to evolve as a percussionist in the ever- inspiring world of live-audience performances.
By virtue of his amazing versatility as a percussionist and as a composer of sorts he has carved himself a special niche in the field of world music.
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