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MP3 Tanuja DESAI HIDIER - When We Were Twins: Songs based on the novel BORN CONFUSED by Tanuja Desai Hidier

Rock, electro-folk, punk pop compilation of original songs based on the novel BORN CONFUSED by Tanuja Desai Hidier and performed by T&A (Tanuja & Atom Fellows), San Transisto (Ben Caplan, Tanuja, Jon Fiber, Robin Price, Anne-Marie Tueje), plus more.

14 MP3 Songs
POP: with Electronic Production, ROCK: Folk Rock



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Tanuja Desai Hidier''s first novel, the South Asian American coming of age story BORN CONFUSED, is both a Larry King and Sunday Times book of the week, a Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews star choice, and ALA BBYA book of the year. Tanuja recently adapted BORN CONFUSED into a screenplay and plans are in the works to make it into a movie.

On the music front, Tanuja is lead singer/a songwriter in the NYC-based band T&A (with ATOM FELLOWS) and the London-based group San Transisto (with BEN CAPLAN, JON FIBER, ROBIN PRICE, & ANNE-MARIE TUEJE).

WHEN WE WERE TWINS is their cross-Atlantic collaboration of original songs based on BORN CONFUSED, and was achieved with much use of broadband, red wine, and long-distance singing/strumming. The CD also features songs cowritten/produced with JEFF COHEN of Pancho''s Lament, MIKE SHIMSHACK, London''s MUKUL, and NYC''s very own DJ REKHA.

WHEN WE WERE TWINS was picked up by Creative Artists Agency/Youth Intelligence as a first-of-its-kind cutting-edge trend of the future (the ''booktrack''), and is featured in December 2004''s issue of Wired Magazine ("Books with a Backbeat").

All of the above players were in the same room together for the first time for the WHEN WE WERE TWINS CD launch party at Joe''s Pub in New York City. The event was a New York Magazine star pick of the week, Time Out New York clubs section highlight, and Flavorpill choice (see below):

"[Born Confused is]a teen-spirited coming-of-age novel about a second-generation Indian-American girl overcoming the travails of culture clash...Not many books come with soundtracks, but tonight''s occasion experiments with the latest brand of multimedia melting pot: the book reading with a live soundtrack. NYC''s resident Indian diva of the decks, DJ Rekha! , drops a custom, prose-complementing mix, and [Desai] Hidier''s bands, San Transisto, and Billyburg''s T&A add to the confusion." --Flavorpill


ON THE BANDS
T&A is: TANUJA & ATOM FELLOWS. In their previous incarnation, as NYC''s punk-pop band io, they were finalists in Oxygen''s nationwide band contest, and regularly played NYC''s CBGBs, Mercury Lounge, The Elbow Room, as well as for the charity Rock and Wrap It Up, the last effort a collaboration with MTV. Now recently and trans-Atlantically reformed, they''re ready to rock again. Live they are joined by fab fiends TOM CHOI (guitar), ARNOLD GOTTLIEB (bass), MICHAEL SURPRENANT (drums), & Broadway''s Bombay Dreams lead percussionist DAVE SHARMA (dhol, dhalki, tablas). All T&A tracks produced at Realm New York, https://www.tradebit.com.

SAN TRANSISTO is: BEN CAPLAN (drums), TANUJA (vox), JON FIBER (keys/guitar), ROBIN PRICE (bass), ANNE-MARIE TUEJE (lead guitar), often joined by special guest SURJIT BHARJ (tablas). Recent London gigs include opening for Junoon at the Hammersmith Palais in a rock concert to promote peace between India and Pakistan, Cherry Jam in Notting Hill, Borders Bookstore (reading/acoustic set), the London Capital Club (joint reading/gig with Monica Ali/Brick Lane), the Cobden Club (Raj and Pablo''s Bollywood Nights/Born Confused Champagne party), the Water Rats, the Verge, the King''s Head, and Bull & Gate. The band has also performed for the Make-a-Wish Foundation and FLAME (Friends of Literacy and Mass Education). San Tran''s single "Heart of Brass" has received BBC radio airplay in the UK, and the band was recently the subject of a Zee TV special segment. All San Tran songs produced at Shock Productions London, https://www.tradebit.com.

More info on the all of the above, including d''s on Unsuitable Girl, The Retails, Mukul, and DJ Rekha, at https://www.tradebit.com.

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