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 new 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 nouvel album, constitué de compositions canadiennes pour tabla, est sorti en 2011.


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Toronto Weekend in Review 

I'm back home after a very busy few days in Toronto. To start off the weekend, on Friday, October 17, I gave a workshop on tabla and North Indian rhythm at the University of Toronto for the percussion area.
That evening, I gave a solo tabla performance to inaugurate the Toronto Tabla Ensemble's new Baithak intimate concert series. The evening began with 30 minute solo in Teentaal, performed by the TTE's own Razak Pirani, a student of Ritesh Das.
I followed with a one-hour solo in vilambit and madhyaRead more

Toronto Weekend 

This coming weekend, I'll have a busy few days in Toronto. I haven't played a concert in Toronto in quite a while, so I'm really hoping to see my Toronto-area friends this weekend! :)

On Friday, October 17, I'll be giving a workshop on North Indian Rhythm for the percussion students at the University of Toronto. Sorry, but this one is for students only, and isn't open to the public.

On Friday evening, at 7pm, I'll be playing a full-length traditional tabla solo in style of the Benares gharana, inaugurating… Read more

A Busy Week for Duo Samskara! 

This past Tuesday, October 7, santoor player Jonathan Voyer and I headed to Quebec City, where we had the pleasure of performing for the VIP pre-launch event for the Musée nationale des beaux-arts du Québec's new exhibition, Into India. The exhibition is quite amazing, and I highly recommend it for anyone planning on visiting the Quebec City area. It runs until January 18, 2015. See it while you can!

The exhibition offers a magnificent overview of 700 years of history and artistic creation, from the 12th toRead more

This week - santoor extravaganza! 

If last week was the week of the sitar, then next week is most definitely the week of the santoor! Four concerts with Duo Samskara, my duo with talented santoor player Jonathan Voyer.
On Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, October 7 and 8, in Quebec City, we'll be performing for the launch of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec's newest exhibition, Into India - South Asian Paintings from the San Diego Museum of Art. Tuesday night is a pre-launch of the exhibition (sorry, not open to the… Read more

My Sitar Weekend in Review 

This week, I had the pleasure of playing three sitar concerts in three days. First, on Thursday night, I played with Brazilian sitarist Krucis Khan at OM West in Pointe-Claire. We performed a mix of Indian folk tunes, devotional songs, and Brazilian folk. Krucis also asked me to play a short tabla solo, which was fun. (Sorry, no photos of this concert.)

On Friday, I accompanied sitarist Uwe Neumann at the Presbytere in Val-David. The audience was full of friends and Indian music lovers, which made for a… Read more