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Baithak Series with Shawn Mativetsky

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Work in progress by Toronto Tabla Ensemble

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Reviews of Toronto Tabla Ensemble

Tabla maestro Ritesh Das weaves his magic once again”
Lise Watson, Independent writer on TTE Next concert

“Ritesh Das is certainly a born showman and a wicked tabla player.”
Susan Walker, Dance Writer, The Toronto star

“Attending a Toronto Tabla Ensemble concerts can be like visiting a giant laboratory, where artistic director, Ritesh Das plays the role of a master chemist gleefully mixing music and dance from around the world. It is always exciting to see such skilled and experienced dance artists working things out on stage together, rising to meet each other’s skill and the virtuoso musical energy.”
Rebecca Todd, The Globe and mail

“The Toronto Tabla Ensemble, along with dancer Joanna de Souza and bass player George Koller, demonstrated the magic that can happen when a group of creative, yet respectful and disciplined musicians set about to explore the interaction between different musical worlds. [They] performed with precision, spontaneity and an infectious enjoyment. Clearly an invigorating addition to Toronto’s music scene.”
Tamara Bernstein, The Globe and mail

“From the moment they walked on stage, the poly-ethnic percussion ensemble had the rapt attention of the capacity audience and proved that musical boundaries can be flexible. Yet just as essential to the Tabla Ensemble’s cross-cultural success is a keen sense of performance. Using the tabla as a launching point, the group combined light, voice and acoustics to create a bridge between the orchestrated precision of Kronos Quartet and the roof-raising energy of British dance innovators Stomp!, which had the audience on its feet demanding more.”
Matt Galloway, NOW magazine, Toronto

“I would certainly recommend this world-class caliber ensemble to any festival, World Music venue or independent concert programmer for their unique music, talent, stage presence, professionalism and general demeanour.”
Dan Behrman, Program manager, Montreal International Jazz Festival


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The Toronto Tabla Ensemble is launching a series of intimate concerts in keeping with the traditional ‘Baithak’ format. A baithak is an intimate gathering that typically includes music or dance performance and refreshments. The first of the series will be held at Bavia Arts Multicultural Center on October 17th at 7:00 PM. The evening will feature Montreal-based tabla player, Shawn Mativetsky, performing a tabla solo in the Benares style. Exponent of the Benares gharana, and disciple of the legendary Pandit Sharda Sahai, Shawn 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. Shawn’s solo will be accompanied by Parmela Attariwala on the violin. The evening will open with a tabla solo by Razak Pirani, a student of Toronto Tabla Ensemble’s artistic director, Ritesh Das. Razak is a performing member and teacher with the Toronto Tabla Ensemble and is a student at the University of Toronto.

Tickets are $15 at the door and there will be limited capacity so please book in advance:

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Tabla Talks: How tabla works by Ritesh Das


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Ritesh Das performs his signature famous demo of how tabla works, during an intimate series concert in Toronto, Ontario Canada.

Ritesh Das was born in Kolkata, India and started his tabla training there at a young age with Pandit Shankar Ghosh, when he immigrated to North America he continued his studies under Ustad Zakir Hussain and Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. After moving to Toronto, Das started teaching on a full time basis and in 1991 formed the Toronto Tabla Ensemble. Since then he has continued teaching, composing works for six albums, collaborated with many known musicians, and performed all over the world.

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Toronto Tabla Ensemble Newletter

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Experience the pure sound of tabla and the intensity of Indian rhythms in this second installment of the intimate concert series with the Toronto Tabla Ensemble. This Juno-nominated group led by tabla maestro, Ritesh Das. Opening the show will be singer and songwriter, Mitali Baruah Sarma. Mitali trained as a Hindustani Classical vocalist at Visva Bharati University, one of India’s finest centers for the arts. Opening the show will be singer and songwriter, Mitali Baruah Sarma. Trained as a Hindustani Classical vocalist at Visva Bharati University, one of India’s finest centers for the arts.

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