It great to see something new and fresh, tabla meets beat boxing to give us tablaboxing.
A very cool well produced tabla solo
Two great masters sharing their knowledge and love for indian music
Once in a great while, there emerges a musician who, through his genius, injects that certain spark necessary to elevate an instrument to another level of expression and appreciation. For tabla, Ustad Allarakha was such an artist, having brought his instrument a stature and respect never before enjoyed. A disciple of Mian Kader Baksh, the great guru of the Punjab gharana, Ustad Allarakha was, in his lifetime, the most celebrated exponent of this style.
I believe the best way to learn tabla is with a teacher who can guide and inspire you. Sometimes you don’t have access to a teacher so you have to look at other options, straight from books or videos. I discovered this teacher on youtube a few years ago. Recently I felt my tabla practise was getting very flat and needed some new inspiration. So I went back to youtube to find Bhilaj. His lessons are very clear and easy to understand, therefore you can take on the new material. I have seen so many videos of amazing tabla players, but it is very difficult to follow exactly what they are doing.
A visual representation of Kherewa, which is a rhythmic cycle of 8 beats. Kherewa is a rhythm from the non-classical traditional used in Indian folk music, film sangheet, qawwali and gazal.
This is a collabration with the Shanti Children Project.
The children were then given a simple template to draw their circle artwork. Deo took photographs while they were drawing, when they finished and had some fun taking some more pictures.
Deo scanned the drawing and used the photographs he took to create the video. Using the software Max (Cycling 74) to analysis the sounds Deo played on the tabla drums to control the visuals, he recorded the video live, no editing, no post production.
Available as an art print, iPad and iPhone cases, on mugs and rugs….and more
The indian master of percussions Zakir Hussain played some astonishing pieces at Nuits de Fourvières festival in France. Here is an extract with the flute artist, Rakesh Chaurasia.
Dub Kirtan All Stars was formed by David Starfire and FreQ Nasty to fuse bass-heavy underground dance music with Yoga Kirtan, the call and response chants of Indian devotional traditions . They are a live band/DJ collective that tears down the boundaries between bleeding edge technology and ancient spiritual techniques, performer and audience, the sacred and everyday life. Don’t think, just feel the bass, dance and hear your voice ring out above it – the real All Stars are the audience – your voices complete the band.