sublime sangeet: north indian classical music & culture (montreal workshop)

McGill University’s Personal and Cultural Enrichment (PACE) program presents Sublime Sangeet: Experiencing North Indian Classical Music and Culture on Thursday, October 25 [update: the event has been cancelled]. To illustrate that there is more to North Indian music than Ravi Shankar, the three-hour evening workshop will include a live demonstration, an audio and visual presentation, and audience participation. The event will be facilitated by local tabla wonder, Shawn Mativetsky.

North Indian classical music is a subtle and refined art form, based on a rich tradition of improvisation. With the goal of better understanding and appreciating this extraordinary music, the session will introduce the concepts of raga (melody), tala (rhythm), and rasa (mood); the instruments of the Indian music tradition, such as the sitar, tabla, bansuri, santoor, and the voice; and Indian culture as it applies to music, such as the guru-shishya-parampara (teacher-disciple-tradition) method of learning, and philosophical or spiritual aspects associated with the practice and listening of this music.

Facilitator Shawn Mativetsky is a disciple of Pandit Sharda Sahai and 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. Mativetsky teaches tabla and percussion at McGill University, and is director of the McGill Tabla Ensemble. 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.

The Montreal-based musician regularly gives solo tabla performances, as well as accompanying kathak dance, voice, bansuri, sarod, santoor, sarangi, and sitar artists. Since 2003, Mativetsky has been affiliated with the Pandit Ram Sahai Foundation (UK/India). He is the subject of documentary film, Taal, The Rhythm of Life which is running an Indiegogo campaign to fund its production.

Here is some video footage of Shawn Mativetsky’s mentor and guru Pandit Sharda Sahai performing his wizardry of the tabla:

Co-presented by PACE and the Schulich School of Music at McGill University.