Shreyas Iyengar on chronicling the pandemic on his modern jazz album Tough Times

Of late, musicians and songwriters have been doing the expected thing of coming out with music about what the world has been going through and their own emotional states. Out in Pune, one of the most severely affected cities in India by the coronavirus pandemic, multi-instrumentalist Shreyas Iyengar observed and imbibed the spirit of all the events unfolding across the world, amongst the allegations of a “Chinese virus”, migrant labourers trudging back home on foot and of course, the idea that we all have to be confined to our homes.

Iyengar, a drummer for about 15 years who then picked up the guitar, bass, keys and alto saxophone (in more recent years), was sure in his mind that his debut record Tough Times was going to be a “pandemic album”.

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