Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Krosswindz Bio

Krosswindz is one of the pioneers of the Indian Fusion Rock band scene with albums launched as early as 1993.The sound of Krosswindz is an amalgamation of diverse genres such as Rock Pop, Bengali Folk and modern  eastern and western genres like classical,pop and rock as showcased in their innumerable albums.Krosswindz is known for their versatile set list and dynamic live gigs covering popular genres like Rock and Pop along with Bengali folk,Rabindrasangeet,Shyama Sangeet,Nazrul Geeti and self composed songs also KROSSWINDZ are a  Fusion band as well and are a dynamic western bi-lingual Rock band and perform in English & Bengali .They have been enthralling audiences for the last 24 years playing across the globe to sold out concerts.The band has played every nook and corner of the country including The UK,The Netherlands,friendly neighbors The Royal Kingdom of Bhutan,Vietnam,The Philippines and have toured in the USA in 2007 and 2009 covering nearly every major city in the USA on their very successful concert tours.
From 1990 the year of inception of Krosswindz they have  delved into the great heritage of Indian Folk music like Bhatiyali and Baul and at the same time studied non mainstream music like Jazz and Classical.In search of their roots they found many beautiful traditional Folk songs sung in the paddy fields of West Bengal which were re-recorded by Krosswindz and sung adding their signature world music touch,these songs have garnered a huge response nationally and internationally for Krosswindz with their albums fetching awards and concert tours overseas for the band.Krosswindz has toured in the US in 2007 and 2009 covering nearly every major city in the US on their very successful concert tours.The band is in the process of finalizing dates for concert festival tours abroad for the season of 2018/19 along with promoting their latest RADIO MIRCHI Award 2016 winning full length album KROSSWIDZ Jhora Palok
We are so happy Chandrani lead singer of Krosswindz won the Filmfare Award for Best Playback Singer( Female) song ~ Tomake Bujhina Priyo 🙂 film #ProjapotiBiscuit NOW WATCH THE CEREMONY HERE-https://vimeo.com/258741138
KROSSWINDZ is widely known as a champion for environmental causes and have actively participated and promoted movements for the conservation of the environment and have launched the famous CD KROSSWINDZ ONE WORLD which has gone on to be heard all over the world.Roger Holdsworth of PBS Australia FM Radio has repeatedly played ONE WORLD on his famous radio show in Melbourne.The album was an outpouring of feelings expressed by the band expressing concerns about the great deforestation and other issues linked to it.The album went to number one on the Music World charts and even displaced international stars like Ricky Martin from the number one slot.The issue of environment truly struck a chord with all music lovers and remains a fan favorite.
The latest album is titled "Jhora Palok" and its a bouquet of originals.The sound of the album is Rock Fusion and they have also experimented with Electronica and Drum and Bass.Krosswindz are also honoured to be working with Hungama(Artist Aloud) for the first time and the songs will be available globally via all the Digital download stores as well as conventional stores.Apart from this KROSSWINDZ has also recently launched English language music CD's namely One World,Singles and India Rocks.
 
For live shows Krosswindz perform their own composed  songs as well as popular songs in English of the Classic Rock Idiom like Pink Floyd,U2,The Cranberries,Nirvana,Deep Purple etc and some Classical fusion in our repertoire , and some golden hits from the 60's from the popular western English Rock and Pop songs.
Their main contact person is Vikramjit Banerjee Tuki 91 9830156148

Primarily a Bengali folk-fusion band,focusing on world music
with soulful songs,lyric oriented.Professionally
performing concerts all over india for the last
seventeen years. Krosswindz is the music of Bengal and
india with a blend of folk music traditions from
around the world.The result- a potpouri of sounds
deeply rooted in the soil that touches the heart and
speaks the common language of humankind.
Music Style-
world,folk,ambient environmental fusion
Musical Influences
Padmashree Protima Barua Pandey(Goalpariya-Assamese
Folk Exponent and singer),Rabindranath Tagore,Kishori
Amonkar,Bhupen Hazarika,Purno Das Baul,Shubha
Mudgal,Abida Parveen,Runa Laila,SD Burman,Abbasuddin
Ahmed,Lalon fokir,John Mc Laughlin,
Santana,Eric Johnson,Jimmi Hendrix,Pink Floyd,The
Beatles.Miles Davis.
Similar Artists-
Padmashree Protima Barua Pandey,Runa Laila,Shubha
Mudgal,Yossou n Dour,Sting,Cranberries,Joni Mitchell
Artist History
band was formed in 1990,has toured all over the world playing every major City in USA and Southeast Asia and the obviously
sub-continent playing at all major college festivals
and stadium concerts and clubs and has officially
released 12 albums.
Three of the most famous Bangla songs of Krosswindz are
"Prithibita Naki Choto Hote hote" written by Gautam
Chatterjee performed by Krosswindz in the album Abar
Bocchor Kuri porey and "Jhiko Jhiko"-from the album
Jhiko Jhiko Krosswindz.and Ghore pherar gaan Mohiner ghoraguli.
Krosswindz is renowned for the musical dexterity and
virtuoso skill of legendary guitar player Vikramjit
Banerjee(tuki)and the unique and mellifluous vocals
and gayaki of Chandrani. The band is busy perfoming
all over the globe along with recording new material
for their forthcoming album.
KROSSWINDZ is an accredited and empanneled band with
the ICCR(INDIAN COUNCIL FOR CULTURAL RELATIONS NEW
DELHI)and are officially enlisted as a premier band of
INDIA and they call us when they need us to represent
INDIA in festivals abroad.
The band has performed and collaborated with
internationally reputed names like HERBIE
HANCOCK(USA),SKY HIGH(SWEDEN),RAG FOUNDATION(ENGLAND
WALES),TIZIAN JOST(GERMANY),PANDIT RAMESH
MISHRA(INDIAN SARENGI PLAYER OF INTERNATIONAL
REPUTE),SANJAY MISHRA(CLASSICAL GUITARIST USA),THE
JAZZ AMBASSADORS(USA),DAVID DYKSTRA(THE BAUTISA BAND
SAN-FRANSISCO).
The album TRIBUTE TO ERIC JOHNSON USA(GRAMMY winning
guitarist from Austin Texas)features the dazzling
guitar work by Tuki(KROSSWINDZ) on the track SPACE
GUITAR.Available in USA and at Val Serrie productions
site.
The album THE MUSIC OF THE GLOBE features two tracks
by KROSSWINDZ namely ONE WORLD and MAHUT BONDHU which
was re-released in USA by independant Washington based
label JOE ANTHONY PRODUCTIONS,this album has gone on
to become a hot seller from amazon , itunes and other
online merchants apart from being popular at
conventional music stores like TOWER.
Krosswindz has been a pioneer in the band movement in
West Bengal and the first bengali
project/collaboration with GAUTAM CHATTERJEE(MONI
MAMA)of MOHINER GHORAGULI yielded the anthemic hit
Prithibita Naki Choto Hote Hote.Released in 1994 the
album AABAR BOCHOR KURI POREY has become a staple
amongst music lovers.
The collaboration happened when Gautam suggested
KROSSWINDZ record and perform one track he had written
and set tune to in 1993 and eventually the studio
sessions yeilded the astonishing new bengali side of
KROSSWINDZ.This song has now been remade by Bollywood
in the movie GANGSTER and a hindi version is doing the
rounds on all music channels.
Krosswindz has evolved over the early years from being
a  rock band to a world/fusion band and has gained
repute all over the world for its pathbreaking new
sound and fresh approach to music.In the early years
the band created a tremendous fan following of loyal
fans who followed the band and are still avid
listeners/audiences, the reputation of the band as
being a stupendous live act spread and gigs picked up
by the mid nineties and nowadays on an average the
band has ten to twelve shows a month.
The music of krosswindz has been featured in numerous
documentary films and commercials.Recently the
international multi-award winning film THE WAY BACK
HOME by film maker SUPRIYO SEN featured the vocals of
CHANDRANI(KROSSWINDZ) in the song Ghore Pherar Gaan
(written by Gautam Chatterjee from the album Khyapar
Gaan) prominently as the Title track and background
score for the film.
The music of KROSSWINDZ is being aired by all the
major FM stations in CALCUTTA namely RADIO MIRCHI,RED
FM,AAMAR FM and ALL INDIA RADIO.In AUSTRALIA pbs FM in
MELBOURNE is playing the song JHIKO JHIKO by
KROSSWINDZ on their show GLOBAL VILLAGE hosted by
ROGER HOLDSWORTH.
KROSSWINDZ has been on many major national and
international TV shows and reputed production houses
like the BBC and MTV have covered KROSSWINDZ on
innumerable occassions.
Krosswindz has acted for a feature part in the
telefilm called "Aamra Ebong" by noted Calcutta
actor/director Parambrata Chatterjee  where even the
soundtrack of the film has songs from the album
-MISIKI MISIKI(FOLK-FUSION)KROSSWINDZ.The song "Morihe
Shyam" from this album is the title song of this
tele-film.
The band also appears regularly on game shows and
interviews on popular Indian TV channels like zee
bangla(hau mau khau),Tara Muzik-Take a break and
Bandemonium,Sangeet Bangla(metro music and Shudhu
Gaane Shudhu Shongeete)etc.Channel S in the UK has
telecast a documentary featuring KROSSWINDZ.GAAN BEDHE
DOLBAJEE on CTVN PLUS channel.
KROSSWINDZ has one of the highest record sales in the
regional market and has had superhit albums like ONE
WORLD,JHIKO JHIKO and MISIKI MISIKI selling lakhs of
units.Presently Krosswindz is signed to Indian label
SAGARIKA MUSIC.
KROSSWINDZ has been on the charts at broadjam.com
numerous times and a huge number of people have
downloaded the band's music from free sites like
mp3.com
ONE WORLD has entered the Earth Top 10 at Broadjam!
ONE WORLD has entered the Production - Mid Tempo Top
10 at Broadjam!
ONE WORLD has entered the Pop Top 10 at Broadjam!
ONE WORLD has entered the Broadjam #1 Songs Top 10 at
Broadjam!
ONE WORLD has entered the Production - Female Vocals
Top 10 at
Broadjam!
Krosswindz's rendition of the song TANGRA TOBU KATON
JAYE from
the album JHIKO JHIKO has been nominated by an
AMERICAN company called JPF(CD BABY) in the BEST FOLK
SONG category of their music awards
http://www.jpfolks.com/MusicAwards/20



















press clippings are at the following link-


Krosswindz Bengali Songs-
                     https://youtu.be/Je2EifT0kXg



                     Krosswindz English Songs-

                 https://youtu.be/zPzi-dkPwgE







Assamese songs-


CHANDRANI - VOCALS




The mellifluous voice of Chandrani Banerjee has adorned many albums and won her many admirers from around the world. There's something incredibly endearing about Chandrani's songs a strange combination of vulnerability and unassuming melodies that work very well together.A Grassroot Grammy Nomminnee -nominated for Best Song and Best Album in Nashville TN(USA).Chandrani was awarded LBF Visionary award of Excellence  2009. Chandrani has established herself as a pioneer in the Indian music scenario as the first Indian female Singer Songwriter to make it to the charts. Fluent in a vast array of genres Chandrani has covered Jazz, Folk, Blues, Country, Classic Rock, to ethnic Bengali folk and contemporary Indian music. Maintaining a fine balance between her
Western music knowledge and Ethnic music experiments she is forgoing ahead in search of new horizons.



VIKRAMJIT BANERJEE (TUKI) - GUITAR AND PRODUCTION



If there ever was a person totally addicted and immensely passionate about his work then it would be none other than Tuki. His life has been a living example of dedication, honesty and integrity to his art form that is music. Inspired flights of melodic guitar solos to delicately arrpegiated chords or wildly screaming harmonics are all bread and butter for him. A total master of his instrument, playing since the tender age of four, he has studied nearly all forms of music and is currently mastering the DOTARA an Indian fretless 4 stringed instrument. Composing songs like "Silences" and "Too Tired To Talk" being examples of the poet hidden within him. There are innumerable songs within him just bursting out to be recorded and shared with the world. He spends most of his time in his own home studio where he
experiments and puts down his ideas as finished compositions. Equally adept at computer music sequencing he is a clever programmer and often programs pieces of music to form the foundation for experiments on new compositions. Like a star dancing on the horizon, just to light up that spark in your mind and open the gates of that dam that lets out inspiration that is TUKI.






RATANJIT  - KEYBOARDS



Ratanjit  has been passionately devoted to music since childhood. From an early age he studied all forms of music with attention to every detail of nuances and tonal coloration of each genre. He is a texture man and has added a beautiful color and depth to the Krosswindz sound with his subtle touches and inspired playing. Gifted with a very sharp ear he can change styles at the drop of a coin and each show is a great eclectic journey. You never know where each jam is going to go. 

Dominic - BASS  from ripon streeti is a rock solid bassist who is equally versatile as a six string Bassist

TUSHAR - DRUMS the youngest member and a very sensitive and dynamic musician,the backbone of the band


press clippings are at the following link-

https://flic.kr/s/aHsjuAfxz5
























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