|The McGill Tabla Ensemble in rehearsal.|
|Aaron Landsberg running through his solo during the dress rehearsal.|
|Emily Thompson reciting a tukra during the dress rehearsal.|
In the week leading up to the concert, a few students asked if I'd play a solo as well. I didn't plan on it, as I didn't think it would be appropriate; this concert was intended to showcase the students of the Ensemble, not me. But then, at the end of the concert, one of the students asked out loud, "Who would like to hear Shawn play a solo?" After the applause that ensued, I basically had no choice but to comply. So without any planning or rehearsal, Dan accompanied me for a short solo in Vilambit and Madhya Teentaal. It was great fun, and it was highly motivating to play in front of an audience who obviously had such a great appreciation for tabla! Kudos to Dan for providing such solid lehra with only about a month of experience with tabla solo music!
|The McGill Tabla Ensemble in Concert.|
Thank you to Caroline Tabah for the photos!