Exponent of the Benares gharana, and disciple of the legendary Pandit Sharda Sahai, Shawn Mativetsky is a highly sought-after tabla performer and educator. He is active in the promotion of the tabla and North Indian classical music through lectures, workshops, and performances across Canada and internationally. Based in Montreal, Shawn teaches tabla and percussion at McGill University. His solo CD, Payton MacDonald: Works for Tabla, was released in 2007, and Cycles, his CD of Canadian compositions for tabla, was released in the fall of 2011.

Héritier de la tradition de Bénarès, le joueur de tabla Shawn Mativetsky est disciple du légendaire Pandit Sharda Sahai. Donnant des conférences, des ateliers et des prestations au Canada et à l’international, il s’engage à faire connaître le tabla et la musique traditionnelle du Nord de l’Inde. Établi à Montréal, il enseigne le tabla et les percussions à l’Université McGill. Son album solo, Payton MacDonald: Œuvres pour Tabla est paru en 2007, et Cycles, son album constitué de compositions canadiennes pour tabla, est sorti en 2011.


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Of Sound, Mind and Body + Gabriel Dharmoo 

This past January 25, I played a concert with improv ensemble Of Sound, Mind and Body at the Gesu in downtown Montreal, as part of the Le Vivier season. OSMB is Tim Brady on electric guitar, Helmut Lipsky on violin, with myself on tabla and percussion. For this occasion, we were joined by improvising vocalist extraordinaire, Gabriel Dharmoo.
OSMB is a free improvisation ensemble; the music is 100% improvised live, in the moment. It is spontaneous music creation that resonates with tradition but is… Read more

New duo - Very Long Cat! 

I'm happy to announce a new musical collaboration with Hamilton-based multimedia artist, David Ogborn - Very Long Cat! The duo rehearses over the internet, with the use of special software that synchronises our performance. The music is improv-based, and David and I are exploring various new ways of bridging our disparate musical cultures (while also bridging the geographical distance that separates us). For some performances, we'll both be on-site, while for others, one of us can appear live, via… Read more

Concert and Masterclass at William Paterson University 

This week, I was invited by Payton MacDonald to give a concert and masterclass at William Paterson University, in Wayne, NJ. We gave a concert with a similar format to those of our mini-tour last fall, with me accompanying Payton's dhrupad vocal performance on jori (pakhawaj tabla), followed by him accompanying me on harmonium for a tabla solo.  We were also fortunate to have Jessica Johnson on tanpura.

Payton opened with Alap, Jor, Jhala, and a composition in Raag Bhimpalasi (I accompanied both the jhalaRead more

Last Week in London 

Last week, I travelled to London, Ontario to give two masterclasses and a concert at Western University. I was invited by longtime friend and musical collaborator, composer Paul Frehner. Back in 2006, he wrote Ke-Te for me (which appears on my album, Cycles), and I've also played a number of his other compositions, including Oracle, for violin and tabla (which appears on the Attar Projects album, The Road Ahead).

One masterclass was for composition students, and the other for percussion majors. The concert… Read more

Tabla Concerto and Dhrupad Week 

On November 24, longtime friend and collaborator, percussionist, dhrupad singer, and composer, Payton MacDonald visited Montreal for a very productive and stimulating week of music making.

First, on November 24, we had a recording session of Payton's tabla concerto, Samsara, for tabla with wind ensemble. The McGill Wind Symphony, directed by Alain Cazes, did a wonderful job with the piece. The ensemble sounded great! The recording will probably be ready sometime in the spring; I'll post more details once I… Read more