tabla-art.com is a new blog for tabla music and digital art.
tabla-art.com is a place for innovations and experiments involving the Indian tabla drums. This can be new contemporary music, something classical or mixing tradition techniques with new technology. It can also involve using tabla music with visuals or to create visuals, it may accompany a dance performance, basically anything which involves the Indian tabla drums.
Hathira Sama have been invited to play at the Sufi Festival of Unity in Senegal in January! We’ll be playing our main concert on Goree Island, a 20 minute ferry ride from Dakar, at 7:00pm on Wed 5 January, with the soulful Amandou and Miriam playing at 9:00pm the same night.
Also on the festival line up are Kora master Toumani Diabate, Senegal’s favourite, Ismael Lo, and our friend Ali Keeler’s group Al Kauthara from Granada. We’re feeling very honoured to have been invited by Sidi Ibrahim Tijani, and to be in such distinguished company. We’ll be playing another gig earlier in the week at the Festival venue in Dakar. We’re looking forward to the journey – stay tuned for more news.
I premiered my MA final project ‘Ether’ at a Yoga Center. It was an evening to celebrate the completion of the first month course. My project was relevant because it is based on one of the elements, which was discussed in the lectures. Also all the photographs were taken at the top of the local mountain.
It was great to get informal feedback. People were really impressed by the music, someone inquired about buying the album. I received positive feedback about the visuals. I was watching the audience as they were watching the video and they were all captivated by the ‘Ether’ video. A few people were inspired to climb the mountain the following morning. A few people also asked me about how I created the video. It was interesting to hear how different people interpreted the hand drawn circles in the movie. One person described what I did as ‘Tabla VJing’, I like the sound of that.
Digital technology has embedded itself so deeply in creative practice, that it is no longer questioned as a tool or medium. But digital arts students, are encouraged to explore the theoretical implications of this technology. And whether this is looking at production of, or the interaction with an artwork, a project proposal will allow the student to embark on detailed research into the contextual and practical aspects of the project. The use of blogs and wikis by all students and staff, is vital to encouraging collaboration and building a dynamic cohort, based across the UK, Europe and the globe. This medium along with seminars, lectures and tutorials, allow the student to engage in both the practical and theoretical issues that underpin their practice within the arena of digital arts and new media.
after 2 years in the wilderness, hathira sama have re-convened their exploration of the sonic and the spiritual, recording a meditation on the 5 elements: earth, water, fire, air and ether. recorded in hyderabad, the album incorporates sounds from the fringes of one of india’s most rapidly developing cities into hathira sama’s unique blend of voice, bansuri, tabla and electronics. a journey from earth to the heavens, “elements” represents hathira sama’s most focused work to date.
hathira sama are rebecca lemaire on bansuri and vocals, rajinda deo on tabla, and mark pedersen on electronics, shakuhachi and incidental percussion.