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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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

Maritimes Tour 

Last week, I packed up my tabla and drove out to the Maritimes for some concerts and workshops. It's a part of Canada that I haven't previously had much of a chance to see, and I'm really glad that I had the opportunity to visit. It's a beautiful part of the country and I hope to be able to return soon!

The tour started off in Charlottetown, PEI. Such a nice place to visit - red earth, amazing food, and really friendly people. I had a lot of fun lighthouse spotting during my one day off. And yes, their… Read more

Permutations, a tabla player's best friend! 

Earlier today, I had a little chat with composer Stace Constantinou on Twitter. He was exploring various permutations of a series of notes; a technique used in serial composition. It got me thinking about how tabla players use permutations quite a lot in our improvisations. He suggested I write a blog post on the subject, and so, here we are! (I'll have to write a blog post on how we actually structure our kaida-palta improvisations, which is a theme-and-variation form; I'll save that for another time.)

In… Read more

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