Dynamic performer Shawn Mativetsky is considered one of Canada's leading exponents of the tabla, and is a pioneer in bridging the worlds of Western and Indian classical music. Called an “exceptional soloist” by critic Réjean Beaucage, WholeNote's Andrew Timar adds that “as a leading disciple of the renowned [Pandit] Sharda Sahai, he has serious street cred.” Shawn Mativetsky is highly sought-after as both performer and educator, and 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 album, Payton MacDonald: Works for Tabla, was released in 2007, and Cycles, his recording of Canadian compositions for tabla, was released in the fall of 2011.

Interprète dynamique, Shawn Mativetsky est considéré comme l'un des plus importants porte-étendard du tabla au Canada et l'un des principaux pionniers dans le rapprochement entre la musique classique occidentale et la musique classique de l'Inde. « Soliste exceptionnel », ainsi nommé par le critique Réjean Beaucage, Andrew Timar de la revue WholeNote ajoute qu' « en tant que disciple éminent du renommé [Pandit] Sharda Sahai, il est la référence en la matière ». 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

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