Monday, 29 October 2007
A special concert of note. On Wednesday, November 14, 2007, Rahul Sharma (son of Pt. Shivkumar Sharma) will perform a santoor recital, accompanied by Ustad Zakir Hussain. A concert not to be missed!
Wednesday, November 14, 2007 at 7:30pm
Canadian Museum of Civilization
100 rue Laurier, Gatineau
Too bad they won't be performing in Montreal!
Saturday, 27 October 2007
I thought I'd share these short video clips from Pt. Sharda Sahai's performance in Montreal from the Annual Summer Tabla Workshop of 2006. We're hoping to have him back this year or next - stay tuned!
Pt. Sharda Sahai, tabla
Bob Becker, harmonium
August 5, 2006.
Pollack Hall, Montreal, Qc
The first piece was in Raag Yaman, with Nicholas performing alap, jor, and jhala before beginning a gat in rupak taal. This was then followed by a gat in teentaal.
During the intermission, guests were served chai and samosas.
In the second half, we performed Raag Multani in teentaal, followed by a light piece in dadra to end off the evening.
Many thanks to the folks at ZaZen for organising the concert and for their warm reception.
Thursday, 25 October 2007
For those of you who don't have a Nagma machine, or similar, TaalPulse is a great (and free) tool for your Indian music practice. I just found out about this software yesterday, when the developer, Guillaume Pothier, visited one of my tabla classes at McGill.
The software has programmable volume, tempo, and pitch for tabla, lahara, and tanpura. A large number of laharas are included. I'm just hoping that Guillaume will change the sample sounds in the software, as the melodica sample is not great. Harmonium or sarangi would be much preferable. :)
Because the software is programmed in Squeek, it can run on almost any platform (PC, Mac, Linux, even Windows Mobile!). I'm still working out the bugs in getting it to run smoothly on my PDA, but it runs fine on my PC.
For more info, screenshots, and to download the software, see this link:
Welcome to my first post on my new blog. Aside from MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/shawnmativetsky), this is really my first blog as well. I thought that it would be nice to provide a news source for Indian classical / tabla-related activities in and around Montreal for those with similar interests, as well as the occasional posting about my various musical projects.
Please feel free to let me know of any related events in the area.