Multi-instrumentalist, Songwriter, Composer, Producer in love with all good honest forms of Art.
Taj's debut album "What Colour Is Your Raindrop" is a personal photograph of all the sights and sounds that has shaped him. From the gaps between notes of Erik Satie to the wail of Albert King, from the serenity of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan to the innocence of Iranian cinema, this debut album is his journey through all of them. His varied taste in music reflects in this album with the use of eclectic instruments such as charango, sarod, oud, sarangi.
Past collaborations/performances include Amyt Datta, Blackstratblues, NZ songwriter Greg Johnson, Karsh Kale, Fred White from Acoustic Alchemy, Anusheh Anadil.
Taj has also been a part of OSTs for award winning soundtracks for films by Anurag Kashyap productions, Aparna Sen, Rituparno Ghosh.
ROLLING STONES MAGAZINE : "If there is one way of describing "What Colour Is Your Raindrop" it has to be a rare simplicity that, for the musician, taps on the spiritual. Taj sticks to the straight and the narrow of sheer musicality — his compositions part meditative, part celebratory. It has a sound that can leave lasting melodies and imagery in patient listeners"
GIBSON GUITARS ltd : "It’s a rare musician who’s willing to take a step back from a flourishing career to introspect and change direction. It takes an artist devoted to his craft to dedicate himself to exploring the new and uncharted territories of sound. Kolkata-based guitar player, composer and instructor Tajdar Junaid is that sort of artist"
TOP FIVE RECORDS : "Tajdar’s songs have a certain wide-eyed beauty that reminds us of the smell of rain on grassy grounds"
Produced by Tajdar Junaid
Mixed by Fred White (balam)
Recorded at HMV studios Calcutta April ‘12
Recording engineers Indranil Das,Sukanta Majumdar, Binil C Amakkadu,Ronny Sinha, Aniruddh Singh
Mastered by Lewis Hopkin at Stardelta Mastering Studio Uk
Tajdar Junaid - guitar,ukulele,charango,mandolin,glockenspiel (1-10)
Avinash Chordia - drums,percussion (1-5)
Vishal Nayak - drums (10)
Stuart Munro - bass (1-5,10)
Shovon Mukherjee - bass (9)
Debasish Haldar - sarangi (3,4,6,8,9)
Kamalaksha Mukherjee - harmonium (2,4)
Vachagan Tadevosyan - oboe,duduk (1,2,8-10)
Greg Johnson - vocals (4)
Tajdar Junaid - vocals (1,5)
Anusheh Anadil - vocals (7)
Satyaki Banerjee - vocals,sarod,oud (5,7-10)
Rajiv Sunam - backing vocal (1)
Bhaskar Dutta - violin (2,5,6,9)
Arijit Kumar Bandyopadhyay - violin (6)
Freddiehangoler - orchestration (6)
Diptanshu Roy - mandolin (1,7)
Samrat Mukherjee - piano (1,8,9)
Fred White - piano,wurlitzer (2,10)
Yadon Ki Pari written by Junaid Ahmad
All songs composed, arranged, written and produced by Tajdar Junaid
Except Ekta Golpo which was adapted and composed by Ajit Pandey and Ajitesh Bandopadhyay from Bertolt Brecht’s play “Good woman of Szechwan” and rearranged by Satyaki,Diptanshu and Tajdar. Used by kind permission from Ajit Pandey.
I am eternally grateful to every sight, sound and touch that has shaped me. My family and friends for being there on this gratifying journey. It’s been a party knowing you. All my love.
Cover photograph by Junaid Ahmad
Design and artwork by Diptanshu Roy
All rights reserved with Tajdar Junaid