Tara Baswani

 

QUEST

 

“If you are looking for a great new music experience, this is it” – Canadian Beats

 

Quest is an acclaimed music project that narrates human stories around the globe through song and curated spoken word, orchestrating dialogues on intersectional social issues over beds of world music instrumentation through its stage.

Eclectic multidisciplinary vocals, environmental textures sourced from field recordings, metaphorical lyrics and live improvisations are used to construct cinematic soundscapes. They vibrate in neo classical, dreamwave and triphop frames, making up Tara’s electro acoustic universe.

 

“Consuming, hypnotic, and vibrating are a few words that come to mind when trying to articulate the first few minutes of the concert” – Small Girl Medium City

 

The live “Quest Sessions” present the next frontier of audience interactivity through an immersive audiovisual experience, weaving a collaborative ecosystem of shared storytelling and insights to shift perceptions and engage communities to build bridges of empathic conversations.

Collaborations with acclaimed visual artists interpreting these stories through their art, are a highlight as are the eco responsible design initiatives for the live performances.


My Kind

My Kind

This time is my time, this space is my space
This feud is my feud, make no mistake

My kind, My kind…
We created this race
No, I won’t refuse
It’s broken, my faith…

An eye for an eye, a mace for a mace
Black n blue times two won’t erase this heartache

My kind, My kind…
We created grace
No, I won’t refuse
It’s broken my faith

Blinded by the light
Wings pinned mid flight
All around, fire blight
Shadows loom in cold delight
Glory lies in glassy eyes
A heart and soul… They pay the price.

Brought into this life, bequeathed shape and name
Given to this truth and a will that won’t be tamed
A voice meant to be heard, a voice that won’t be shamed
Proud, She runs free…Unfettered, unframed.

My kind, My kind…
We created this race
No, I won’t refuse
It’s broken my faith
My kind, My kind…
We created grace
No, I won’t refuse
It’s broken, my faith.

Breakdown

The clock’s ticking slower, time’s about to stand still
The wind is getting colder, blood curdles and chills
The spider draws his web, etches in for his kill
He’ll freeze frame a prey, weave his patterns into thrillsIt’s coming down hard
And there’s nowhere to go
There’s no escape inside
There’s really nowhere to go
I need somewhere to hide
Just to breathe and let go
Spinning left and right
There’s really nowhere to goBreakdown
There’s nowhere to goSlate clouds all around, smoke signals everywhere
I float into strata where the air is rare
Atmospheric pressure plummets…my raw fear, it’s bare
Is there a force, a higher ground or just me out there?A desperate dive into water, I come up with a gasp
Salt stings through my eyes…Sensation, at last!
The current’s getting stronger; my heart’s a manic fast
I decline into delusion…is salvation in grasp?It’s coming down hard
And there’s nowhere to go
There’s no escape inside
There’s really nowhere to go
I need somewhere to hide
Just to breathe and let go
Spinning left and right
There’s really nowhere to goBreakdown
There’s nowhere to go.

Sophie

Sophie,
I wonder what this world looks like to you
Sophie,
Is it really all pink and shiny and new
Sophie,
It’s spinning round and round on a little girls’ wish
Sophie,
Is it really as cool as we promised you?Baby…Sophie,
I wonder how that light shines off your eyes
Sophie,
Disguised by shades of pale moonlight
Sophie,
I wonder how this world spins right through you
Sophie,
Don’t let their blinding love fool youCatch her a wave, she’ll find you a unicorn
With a smile, he’ll fall to her grace
Make a wish, she’ll find you the light of dawn
Tempt you with that imaginary spaceSophie…

Name

What’s in a name?
Arbitrary lines…
They’re making a claim
To the meaning of a soul
Proprietary shapes…
They press, restrain
They try to embrace
They swallow me wholeI close my eyes
And give in to the quiet, the sublime
I close my eyes
Surrender to the sea, the quietI hear a name
Whispered through the walls
The lines of this frame
Resounding deep with control
Solitary game
I move my lips
Time no longer waits
I see the light
The light leads me homeI close my eyes
I give in to the quiet and sublime
I close my eyes
Surrender to the sea, the quiet
I close my eyes
I give in to the quiet and the sublime
I close my eyes
Surrender to the sea, my quiet.

The Right Note

A sliver of thought
It falls in streaks of black on sheets of white.
The sun’s long gone
To grace and light up some one else’s sky.
Surrounded by
The glow of solitary candlelight
She stayed up, she wrote
Of bygones right and wrong in sung disguise.In search of the right note
In search of a love song
In search of the words that flow
In search of the truth, a formShadows peep out
Of secret hiding places in the night
Memories, fragments strung and framed on walls
Step into their place of pride
Flows and rows of no’s and lows
Pour out eloquently
The Muses laugh, skip and play along
Breathing harmonicallyIn search of the right note
In search of a love song
In search of the right hope
In search of a love song
In search of the rhyme for her reason
In search of the right note

Birth

And so…
Here we are
Circling round and round
The abyssResidue it falls away
Slides down to the edge of the sky
Stardust runs down my veins
In a head rush, leaves me blind
I become the consequence
Of gravitational searching eyes
I sway as you find my name
I release the thread that holds my mindAnd here we are
Circling round and round
The abyss
Lost for hours
Entwined in space, in sound
We existYou are the source of stirring deep
Within this cavernous incline
You are the source of heaving beat
The strain of song that swells inside.
We are unspoken, unheard, unseen
Forsaken for the color of the night
We are inexplicably fused
Flesh, blood and bone explode in swell, in tideHere we are
Circling round and round
The abyss
Lost for hours
Entwined in space, in sound
We existI’m sleeping on the stars tonight
I’m falling, I’m sinking through
I’m floating in your arms
I’m sleeping with the stars tonight
I’m falling, I’m sinking into
Your intricate design
I’m sleeping on the fire of
Burning stars
A higher birthAnd so…