A Brilliant Piano Player, an accomplished Saxophone Player, an amazing Bass Player, Tunde Lasode’s music has influences from great musical legends from around the world such as Kenny G, Gerald Albright, Najee, Grover Washington, Charlie Parker, Jimmy Heath to mention but a few( in the Jazz genre), Robert Kelly (R Kelly), Joe, Lionel Richie, Keith Sweat, Aaron Neville of the Neville brothers, Luther Vandross, Cee Lo Green etcetera
In His Self produced and recent release Record titled “I AM tLas”, he demonstrated just how versatile he is with the different genres of music, a brilliant effort showcasing his influences from his role models and an expression of his undeniable and inherent musical gift.
tLAS sites resilience and perseverance as his main drives for writing and producing his music, which is evident some of his current tracks.
Hear these words from tLas himself: “You’ll find that my music is explosive, inclusive, stimulating, diverse and inspiring. Expect a blend of style and culture mixed with professionalism and dynamic use of language; without losing the essence of true musicianship.
For his upcoming EP, tLas released his first summer video titled “Iwoni” (You’re the one). Released in May, it showcases him performing on a steel framed acoustic piano (holding tucked strings with many tons of pressure) with his band in the studio. In an attempt to cross-pollinate his music, tLas incorporates his native language (Yoruba) into English sometimes in what he calls intercontinental R&B with the hashtag #intercontinentalR&B, #iwoni, #tlasmusic. According to t-Las, #iwoni has elements of soul/smooth jazz and is a classic; you’d only have to listen to believe. It was recorded in one of Northern California’s most renowned recording studios, Fantasy recording studios, located in downtown Berkeley. The song was produced during an intense 11 hour recording session which also includes a video production by director Brian Bradley for Brian Bradley Films. As a member of the recording academy (San Francisco Grammy chapter), Tunde (tLas) describes this project as one that’ll be entered for the upcoming Grammy submission for nomination, to encourage for high quality production among upcoming musician in the international community. Tunde has been posting behind the scene footage of his production on his Facebook www.facebook.com/tlasmusic. Further to that, tLas has also released cover videos such as Michael Jackson’s “Love never felt so good”, John Legend’s “All of me” all under smooth jazz category.
An accomplished saxophonist, tLas have performed across the world from Nigeria to London, Scotland and now around the bay area where he resides.
Let’s paint a picture together, let me show you the world from my point of view, let’s create a world from nothing, relax your mind, let my music show you the gray areas of art, you can feel it, you can move to it you can dance to it, you can groove to it..”