He is a professor at the department of Ethnomusicology, University of California, Los Angeles.
White Sun II, which was adjudged the Best New Age Album at the 59th Grammy Awards, has an India connection. It features Indian tabla player Abhuman Kaushal alongside kora player Mamadou Diabate, and the Punch Brothers’ violinist Gabe Witcher. The 2016 hit was put together by California-based group White Sun that comprises Gurujas, Hari Jiwan Singh Khalsa and Adam Berry. The album left behind Enya and Vangelis to win the award.
It great to see something new and fresh, tabla meets beat boxing to give us tablaboxing.
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.
Combining Carnatic, Hindustani, jazz, folk, electronic, and drum-n-bass, Vivek Rajagopalan’s music creates rippling sound scapes that are edgy as much as international; and if world music today is a melting pot of cultures & genres, then Vivek’s music is a drop of spicy red curry in the concoction.
Two hands and fathoms of music – that’s Vivek. Vivek befriended the Mridangam at the age of 9 under Guru Shri T.S.Nandakumar’s keen supervision and grew up listening to Late Palakkad S. Mani Iyer,the legendary mridangam player, Karaikudii Mani Iyer, and Trilok Gurtu.
In 1996, Dinshaw Sanjana took a young Mridangam player to the world at The International Jazz Festival – Thailand, which saw Vivek, just 17 years then, brace the stage alongside some of the most talented jazz musicians from across the world.
Karsh’s Bi-weekly event Futureproof finds him pleasing the New York City underground with his DJ and live electric tabla sets. Indian classical, dub, drum and bass, jungle, reggae and ambient influences come together to create the Futureproof aesthetic. The event features a live band led by Kale, which has been recognized as one of the leading live drum and bass events in New York.
Aref Durvesh is a celebrated and prolific tabla artist who has recorded and performed with Badmarsh & Shri, Sting, Susheela Raman, Cheb Mami, Jeff Beck, Visionary Underground, and is also one of the longest-serving members of Nitin Sawhneys band, having performed on all of his albums as well as all his UK and international tours. His father was a musician, a disciple of Bismillah Khansahib, and a world-renowned shehnai player.
Shūnya (AKA Bal Singh) is an electronic producer and classically trained composer based in Melbourne, Australia. He is an artist that is seamlessly weaving together his internal dichotomy of beat nerd and trained Indian classical musician to stirring effect.
Born into a musical family, it was Singh’s father – a professional tabla player and percussionist – that initiated his love for music, first through a steady stream of Indian classical records then, later, by putting his hands onto the tabla. Singh eventually travelled to Malaysia and India to study the more esoteric aspects of Indian classical music, studying the sitar with internationally renowned musician Samuel Dass and then, after being awarded a fellowship by the Australian Arts Council, working with India’s top sarangi player and living legend, Ustad Sabri Khan.
Darbar is a 4 day grandeur festival dedicated to Indian classical music and embraces the world’s best musicians through live performances at London’s Southbank Centre.
19th September 2013 6.30pm: “Transposed Rhythm” – Sukhad Munde (Pakhawaj) & Bernhard Schimpelsberger (Drums)
A live performance by this newly formed London-based vocal group, which has already received acclaim for its captivating performances.
Inspired by the late Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and his ensemble, Rehmat follow the tradition of qawwali singing from the Doaba region of the Indian Punjab. They have given a new feel to this style by blending different sounds and explosive rhythm patterns.