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.


Raga Charukeshi

by Jonathan Voyer & Shawn Mativetsky

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Jonathan Voyer, santoor Shawn Mativetsky, tabla

Alap, Vilambit Rupaktaal, Madhyalaya Teentaal, Drut Teentaal

  1. 1 Alap 15:05
  2. 2 Vilambit Rupak 18:50
  3. 3 Madhyalaya Teentaal 11:06
  4. 4 Drut Teentaal 14:01

©1999-2015 Shawn Mativetsky



The Benares Baaj Story 

The Benares Baaj Story is an archival project by the Pandit Ram Sahai Sangit Vidyalaya (PRSSV), documenting the history of the Benares gharana (the style of tabla playing that I learned to play). Founded in London in 1987 by my late tabla Guru, the legendary Pandit Sharda Sahai-ji, and Dr. Frances Shepherd, the PRSSV is dedicated to promoting the classical arts of India through teaching, performance, and publications. The Benares Baaj project was made possible by a major grant from the Heritage Lottery… Read more


New Release: Raga Charukeshi! 

I'm excited to announce the upcoming release of my new album with longtime collaborator, santoor maestro Jonathan Voyer! Following up on our debut album, Shanta, September 15 will mark the release of our second album, Raga Charukeshi. Charukeshi is one of my absolute favourite ragas, with it's beautifully haunting melodic contours. Its upper tetrachord can evoke the depth of Darbari Kanada, but the major third in the lower tetrachord leads the listener elsewhere entirely. On the one hand, it can be deep… Read more


Annual Summer Tabla Workshop 2015 

This was the fifth year of my annual summer tabla workshop.  Wow!  My goal is to continue the tradition of annual workshops begun by my Guru, Pandit Sharda Sahai-ji. He taught 26 annual summer workshops between 1979 and 2008 in a variety of cities, including Toronto, New York, Tucson, Miami, and Montreal, typically lasting two weeks, though sometimes longer. As always, it was an intense week, packed with tabla classes, group practice sessions, and listening sessions. Students came from as far away as… Read more

Very Long Cat @ ICLC 2015 

This past year, I have been working on a new duo project, Very Long Cat, with Hamilton-based multimedia artist David Ogborn. We had previously collaborated with his Cybernetic Orchestra, and enjoyed the process so much that we decided to form a new collaborative ensemble together. We have been rehearsing regularly over the internet, with him at McMaster University in Hamilton, and me in the studios at CIRMMT, McGill University, Montreal.

Earlier this summer, we performed at NIME 2015, with David onsite in… Read more

Inspiring Collaboration at the Music Gallery 

This past May 16, I had the great pleasure to perform at the Music Gallery in Toronto for what was billed as their last "world music" concert. I was in residence in Toronto for a few days prior to the concert, to collaborate with master tombak player Pedram Khavarzamini. It was truly inspirational to work with a musician of such knowledge, talent, and innate musicality. I also finally had the chance to play with fabulous dilruba player George Koller. After a few days of rehearsal, the concert was a magical… Read more