Three Tabla Lectures – July/August 2006

Presented as part of the 25th Summer Tabla Workshop with Pandit Sharda Sahai in Montreal, Qc, Canada:

Schulich School of Music of McGill University

Tanna Schulich Recital Hall

527 Sherbrooke Street West

Free Admission

Thursday, July 27 at 7:00pm – Tanna Schulich Recital Hall

Presented as part of the 25th Annual Summer Tabla Workshop with Pandit Sharda Sahai

Lecturer: Mr. Shawn Mativetsky (McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada)

Rhythmic Principles of North Indian Drumming

Percussionist Shawn Mativetsky, will discuss the rhythmic principles of North Indian drumming, many of which are unique to the Indian classical music tradition. The discussion will primarily focus on taal (rhythmic cycles), tihai(rhythmic cadences), and layakari (rhythmic subdivision/density).

Monday, July 31 at 7:00pm – Tanna Schulich Recital Hall

Presented as part of the 25th Annual Summer Tabla Workshop with Pandit Sharda Sahai

Lecturer: Dr. Frances Shepherd (Pandit Ram Sahai Sangit Vidyalaya,London, UK)

The Benares Gharana – Pandit Ram Sahai and his legacy

Pandit Ram Sahai is one of the most innovative Indian musicians of the 18thcentury whose art of tabla playing is now practiced by amateur and professional musicians all over the world. Dr Shepherd will provide an illuminating insight into the life of Pandit Ram Sahai and the contribution he made to the art of tabla playing which continues to this day through his descendants.

Wednesday, August 2 at 7:00pm – Tanna Schulich Recital Hall

Presented as part of the 25th Annual Summer Tabla Workshop with Pandit Sharda Sahai

Lecturer: Dr. Payton MacDonald (William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ,USA)

New Directions: America to India and Back Again

Composer and percussionist Payton MacDonald will discuss his growing body of works for tabla and Western instruments, as well as his unique Super Marimba project, where he amplifies a marimba and feeds the sounds into looping machines, using traditional tabla rhythmic structures as a basis for his pieces.

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