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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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

This week - three sitar concerts! 

This must be the week of the sitar, because somehow, it worked out that I have three different sitar concerts this week!

First, on Thursday, I'll be accompanying Brazilian sitarist, Krucis Khan. We'll be playing at OM West, 46 Avenue Sainte Anne #3, Pointe-Claire, at 7:30pm. Admission is $20.

Next, on Friday, I'll be accompanying sitarist Uwe Neumann at the Presbytère de Val-David, 2485 rue de l'Eglise, Val-David, also at 7:30pm. Admission is on a sliding scale, $10 to $20.

Finally, on Saturday, I'll be… Read more

New Release: Something to Say! 

Announcing my first online release! Tawnie Olson's Something to Sayfor tabla and fixed media. You can download a full-quality WAV file of the recording for only $1.49 (Canadian funds), and for each purchase, we will be donating 50¢ to Equality Now! Click here for Something to Say!
  Tawnie Olson is a talented Canadian composer, currently living in New Haven, CT, USA. Something to Say was composed in early 2014, and it has quickly turned into my most often performed piece of the year! I… Read more

Highlights of the Festival Internacional de Música – Percussão Contemporânea 

The second edition of the Festival Internacional de Música – Percussão Contemporânea was a huge success. Four days packed with concerts and workshops, featuring percussionists from Canada, USA, Argentina, and Brazil, representing a wide variety of styles and approaches. For more background info, please see my first blog post on the subject and for info about my activities during the festival, please see this post.  

With Fernando Rocha, festival organizer extraordinaire!


The UFMG Percussion… Read more

Back from Brazil! 

I'm back home after an amazing couple of weeks in Brazil! I was invited to perform and present a workshop as part of the Festival Internacionale de Música Percussão Contemporânea de Belo Horizonte, which took place from August 27-30.   During the first week, I rehearsed Payton MacDonald's 4th Concerto for Tabla and Percussion Quartet with the UFMG Percussion Ensemble, directed by Fernando Rocha. The students were extremely well prepared, and the rehearsals went really smoothly. I also got to… Read more