CRAFT AND FOLK ARTS MUSEUM TABLA WORKSHOP @ TIA CHUCHO CENTRAL – SYLMAR,

Tabla Workshop
A Folk Art Everywhere Workshop presented by Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM)

Sunday, November 18 | 1:00 – 3:00pm  FREE
Location: Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore
13197-A Gladstone Avenue, Sylmar, CA 91342

http://www.tiachucha.com/

http://www.cafam.org/education.html

It’s my first public tabla workshop since arriving in LA! I am honored to be working in partnership with the Craft and Folk Arts Museum as well as Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural to offer this interactive workshop examining the rhythms, history, and the language of tabla-the traditional drums of North India. You’ll be introduced to the correct posture, finger positioning, and basic notes associated with the tabla. We will also delve into the history that gave rise to this tradition. No prior experience necessary and drums will be provided. FREE!

Due to limited space, RSVP is required to rsvp@cafam.org

INTERACTIVE TABLA WORKSHOP WITH ROBIN SUKHADIA | GREENSBORO NC | DECEMBER 16, 2012

Interactive Tabla Workshop with Robin Sukhadia
Sunday, December 16, 2012 | 1-4pm | Jamestown, NC

$35 for Participants (tabla instruction included)
$15 for observers (Lecture observation only)

Join Senior Fulbright Scholar Robin Sukhadia for a 3 hour immersive workshop on tabla, the traditional drums of north India. Robin Sukhadia, a disciple of Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, will focus on composition (kaidas, tuchras, mukras, thekas, tee hai, and more), recitation, correct posture, finger positioning, and tala (cycles of times). A major component of the workshop will focus on a multimedia deconstruction the history of tabla, its geographic and ethno-musicological origins, its future, and the masters that have played a pivotal role in its globalization. A limited set of drums are available for use in the workshop. Students of all levels encouraged to participate, especially complete beginners.

Robin will also be sharing how he has applied tabla to building music programs for impoverished youth in India, Nepal and around the world through Project Ahimsa, a non-profit dedicated to donating musical instruments to children worldwide.

Register by RSVP to robinsukhadia@gmail.com

or Pay to Participate on Paypal

 

About Robin Sukhadia|  www.tablapusher.com

A Master in Fine Arts graduate from the World Music program at the California Institute of the Arts, Robin Sukhadia has been studying tabla (classical north Indian drums) under Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri at the California Institute of the Arts and the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California for the past nine years. His special focus on the musical traditions and rhythms of south Asia informs his approach to musical arrangement and composition on a wide range of concert, film, and album productions. For the past seven years, Robin has traveled internationally on behalf of Project Ahimsa, an organization committed to empowering impoverished youth through music education. He performs and teaches extensively, in both classical and contemporary contexts, and has developed innovative music education programs at the Mahatma Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, the Weill Institute at Carnegie Hall, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In 2010, Robin was awarded a Fulbright Senior Research Award to expand his work with music education in India.

RUPA & THE APRIL FISHES @ THE MINT | LOS ANGELES

Rupa & the April Fishes – Live @ the Mint | Los Angeles

with Tablapusher & Special Guests

Thursday November 1, 2012

8:30pm

http://themintla.com/show.cfm?id=83937

 

Four years, festivals and village concerts on three continents, two previous albums, several languages from Hindi to Tzotzil to French, many musical traditions, and countless moments of joy, sorrow, loss, and transformation were the construction materials that came together for Rupa and the April Fishes’ riveting new album Build. This collaboration with brilliant producer Todd Sickafoose travels t he long road from solitude to solidarity in both directions. The band’s first album Extraordinary Rendition examines love from many angles, with lyrics mostly in French; the second Este Mundo traces the plight of migrants crossing borders, largely in Spanish; Build is their first album primarily in English. Its twelve songs arise from this particularly tender moment of global upheaval, from the collapse of capitalism and false democracies to the rise of populist movements from Tunisia to Chile to Athens to Wall Street. Playing live to varied audiences around the world has been the best way to carry out their mandate of learning how to see what is invisible and combat widespread social demoralization, the source that feeds these songs.

THE FUTURE OF TABLA: TRANSTABLA ON KICKSTARTER!

What is tabla’s best friend? “The Hammer,” according to David Yovino, who launched a Kickstarter Campaign http://kck.st/WiuStF to raise $10,000 to advance the design of tabla.

A student of tabla maestro Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California, David is applying his skills in design, architecture and music to rethink tabla from the ground up. His designs are addressing critical questions that have been largely unaddressed by tabla makers for decades: How can the latest advances in materials be integrated into the design of tabla? How can tabla be redesigned to facilitate easier collaboration with non-Indian classical musicians? How do you maintain tuning of the drum while enduring the rigors of traveling? How can you enable fast tuning of the drum beyond just a half step up or down? How do you increase the resonance of the drum’s sound?

TransTabla represents the future of tabla. Check out and support the Kickstarter http://kck.st/WiuStF

SADUBAS @ CRAFT & FOLK ART MUSEUM – LOS ANGELES

Holiday Global Bazaar @ the Craft and Folk Art Museum Saturday, November 24 | 12:00 – 5:00pm 5814 Wilshire Blvd (at Curson) Los Angeles 90036 FREE In the CAFAM Courtyard It’s Global Bazaar time! SADUBAS, featuring the electronic talents of Ameet Mehta and Tablapusher, will provide sounds for CAFAM’s 2012 Global Bazaar. The CAFAM Courtyard will transform into an intimate marketplace where you will find unique handcrafted gifts for everyone! CAFAM is proud to be featuring over 20 vendors with a curated selection of fair-trade goods and works by local and global artisans. FREE! Please visit www.cafam.org or email: yuko@cafam.org

FLAVOR GROUP SUPPORTS TABLAPUSHER FULBRIGHT 2011

Throughout my 2011 Fulbright assignment in India, I used HD video cameras, audio recorders and an Akai MPC 1000 drum machine, all donated by Flavor Group, to teach and empower street children through music in Kolkata, Ahmedabad, and Kathmandu, Nepal. I sincerely thank Flavor Group for supporting me and for enabling underserved children to learn music. This video shows the impact that FG had on my Fulbright:

http://youtu.be/cHTEktiH04Y

Video Shot by Neelanjana Banerjee | Edited by Robin Sukhadia | Music by Tablapusher & J-Boogie – “Speak It” featuring Mandeep Sethi and PremaSoul featuring Sheela Bringi & Clinton Patterson

WORD TO YOUR MOTHERLAND: HIP HOP IN INDIA | OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

Hip Hop, graffiti, break dancing and ciphering are all artforms that highlight the struggles and triumphs of humanity on the streets. “Hip Hop goes beyond graffiti, break dancing and DJing…it’s a revolutionary movement because it brings people together across religions, caste and socio economic levels,” says Nisha K. Sembi, whose work was the focus of ‘Word to Your Motherland’(http://wordtoyourmotherland.com/), held at the Betti Ono Gallery in Oakland California from July thru August 2012.

The final closing night musical performances for ‘Word to Your Motherland’featured Mandeep Sethi on vocals, vocalist Ishmeet Narula, myself (Tablapusher) on tabla and MPC1000, Ajit Singh on dhol, DJ Delrokz (Mighty Zulu) and DJ Rav-E. Earlier performances for the exhibition included DJ Smokestack, Hoodini, and Baagi.

My review of the event was featured on the UK Music BlogNaad Brahma:

http://nadabrahma.co.uk/word-to-your-motherland-art-and-hip-hop-converge-on-the-streets-of-oakland/

Tabla Explore Week 2012 | Eagle Rock School – Estes Park, Colorado

Eagle Rock Students Sonja, Chance, Nijaah, Cat, and Song began their Explore Week at ERS as complete beginners on tabla. Over the course of the week, they learned about the language, strokes and basic grammar of tabla in addition to the history and culture of South Asia. Here, the students share what they learned from the class, and how they integrated their knowledge of the language of tabla with sampling, Conductions and contemporary music production. They performed for the entire school at the end of the week.

Robin Sukhadia led an intensive and immersive week for students at Eagle Rock School in Estes Park CO focused on Tabla, Sampling and Raga. The state of the art school serves students who have failed in traditional educational environments and come to Eagle Rock to change their lives. The class focuses on classical north Indian percussion while examining the ways tabla is shaping contemporary music. Robin has been teaching at Eagle Rock annually for 10 years. This is his seventh Explore Week at Eagle Rock.

Sheela Bringi and Sreedevi Bringi were invited as Guest Artists to introduce the students to Raga and Sargam (syllables representing pitch in the North Indian Classical music system).

Special thanks to Lizzie Hal, Isaac Leslie, and L’Tanya Perkins of Eagle Rock School.

www.eaglerockschool.org
www.tablapusher.com

EKATVA COMES TO SAN FRANCISCO & LOS ANGELES | MAY 27, JUNE 2 & JUNE 3, 2012

EKATVA, A JOURNEY OF ONENESS FEATURING 16 CHILDREN FROM THE SLUMS OF INDIA LAUNCHES GLOBAL TOUR
The message of Mahatma Gandhi to be shared by children from the slums of Gujarat through dance and music in 10 major US cities

 

May 27, 2012  |  Sunday  |  6 PM  |  Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley http://ekatvazellerbach.eventbrite.com

June 2, 2012  |  Saturday  |  5 PM  |  John Muir Middle School, Los Angeles http://ekatvajohnmuirmiddleschool.eventbrite.com/

June 3, 2012  |  Sunday  |  4 PM  |  Plummer Auditorium, Fullerton College http://ekatvafullerton.eventbrite.com/


We invite you to attend these performances and help spread the word by forwarding this email and sharing links via social media. Zellerbach Auditorium is considered one of the most prestigious venues on the west coast, and EKATVA needs your help to achieve a full house of 2000 lucky audience members!

EKATVA (www.ekatva.org) is an experiment to touch the lives and spirit of 16 underprivileged children ages 11 – 15 through dance, music and art, while inspiring the souls of thousands across the world. Sixteen children from some of the largest slums of Ahmedabad, Gujarat were selected through a nine month audition process, and have been trained and developed by mentors from Manav Sadhna (www.manavsadhna.org), a non profit based at the Mahatma Gandhi Ashram, and teachers from Darpana Academy (www.darpana.com) to perform a 90-minute dance-drama production sharing Mahatma Gandhi’s message of ‘Oneness’.

SOUTHERN MACHINE EXPOSURE PROJECT WITH FIELD: KITUNDU + SUKHADIA


Machine Project in LA and Southern Exposure in SF have joined forces to curate a series of intimate house concerts featuring SF and LA based artists. I am excited to announce that FIELD, featuring Kitundu on invented instruments and myself on tabla, will perform a special acoustic set on June 22, 2012 in San Francisco. Details on how to see us perform:
Announcing 20 events featuring 40 artists and performers from LA and SF, inside 20 homes in the Bay Area, commemorated by 20 posters, designed by 20 designers from SF and LA, and documented by 20 videos.

Southern Exposure (San Francisco) and Machine Project (Los Angeles) invite you to visit your neighbors’ apartments, houses, backyards, and garages for 20 consecutive days/evenings of performances, psychic readings, workshops, ghost detecting, participatory foley effects, tableaux vivants, pet portraits, experimental music by dogs, low frequency sound performances (in closets), and general awesomeness throughout the month of June.

Each event features a collaboration, double bill, or blind date between artists and performers from Los Angeles and San Francisco, and is commemorated by a series of posters by San Francisco and Los Angeles designers. Events take place off-site in residences throughout San Francisco and Oakland. Southern Exposure’s 20th Street space serves as the production headquarters and meeting space for project participants and screens daily video documentation of each event as it accumulates throughout the project.

Project Details and Sign Up Starting June 4th
Beginning Monday, June 4th, times, locations, and all project information will be revealed at http://soex.org/southernmachine.html.

Southern Machine Exposure Project events all take place in private homes that serve as public venues. As a result of the intimate nature of these 20 unique paces there is limited attendance for each event. If you’d like to attend, you must sign up ahead of time and register online at http://www.eventbrite.com/org/994232247. Registration for each project opens 7 days prior to the actual event. One new project opens daily at noon beginning June 4, 2012. Times and audience capacity varies for each project. Pre-registration is REQUIRED and all events are FREE.

TABLA & SAMPLING EXPLORE WEEK @ EAGLE ROCK SCHOOL | ESTES PARK, COLORADO WITH SPECIAL GUEST SHEELA BRINGI

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I am excited to be returning to Eagle Rock School in gorgeous Estes Park, Colorado to teach a week long immersion course entitled Tabla, Sampling, and South Asian Culture. Students that have fallen through the cracks of traditional education systems come to ERS from around the country to turn themselves around through immersion in an intensive academic experience that is focused on combining nature and creativity. We will be joined by special guest Sheela Bringi, who will introduce the children to raga and concepts of north/south Indian melody.
A few years ago, Kitundu and I co-taught a class there, check out our video here:
 

PERSPECTIVES ON A FULBRIGHT IN INDIA / TABLA SOLO @ STEPPING STONES | TAMPA, FLORIDA:

Perspectives from a year in India on a Fulbright + Tabla Solo/Drumming Workshop

4-6 PM

Community Stepping Stones

Tampa, Florida

www.communitysteppingstones.net

I’ll be leading a 90 minute workshop focused on tabla, and its application as a tool for empowerment and creativity in the slums of Kolkata and Ahmedabad, India.

Founded in 2004, Community Stepping Stones (CSS) is a nonprofit learning center, IRS 501(c)(3), offering an out-of-school, arts-integrated curriculum designed to inspire, educate and mentor at-risk teens to become successful adults. From a tranquil 5-acre campus along the Hillsborough River near Tampa, Florida, our innovative organization fans the flames of creativity by offering opportunities for young adults to develop lifelong positive habits of mind. Working hand-in-hand with other neighborhood programs that offer resources for pre-school, elementary, middle school and families – CSS focuses on the needs of adolescents as they make the transition from childhood to adult responsibilities.

Tabla Duet with Rajen Sukhadia | Winston Salem, North Carolina

I performed a tabla duet in Teentaal (16 beat cycle) with my father Rajen Sukhadia at an event organized by www.sarodsitar.com on January 12, 2012. Sri Gaurang Doshi facilitated the event.

“This was the first time we played tabla classically together together for an audience. learning the same material and presenting it together. He has played such an important role in my development as a musician and human being, and it was an honor to share the stage with him. Here, we start with a kaida taught to him by his Guru, Gaurang Doshi, and I end with a kaida taught to me by my Guru, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri.”

Photographs by Neelanjana Banerjee

About the artists:

Rajen Sukhadia
Rajen began his musical training in vocal and tabla at the at the age of eleven in Mehemedabad, Gujarat. He began his studies with Sri Raghubhai Pahadwala of the Ajrada Gharana, and then continued his vocal training with Srimati Kumudani Rathore of the Maihar Gharana. At present, he is studying tabla with Sri Gaurang Doshi, who is a sarode exponent of the Maihar Gharana. For the past 15 years, Rajen has been teaching north Indian classical vocal and tabla in the greater Greensboro North Carolina area.

Robin Sukhadia
A Master in Fine Arts graduate from the World Music program at the California Institute of the Arts, Robin Sukhadia is a disciple of tabla maestro Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. Robin’s special focus on the musical traditions and rhythms of south Asia informs his approach to musical arrangement and composition on a wide range of concert, film, and album productions. For the past seven years, Robin has traveled internationally on behalf of Project Ahimsa , an organization committed to empowering impoverished youth through music education. He performs and teaches extensively, in both classical and contemporary contexts, and has developed innovative music education programs at the Mahatma Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, the Weill Institute at Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the de Young Museum in San Francisco, the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, the Machine Project in Los Angeles and the Sangati Center in San Francisco. In 2010, Robin was awarded a Fulbright Senior Research Award to expand his work with music education in India. Learn more at www.tablapusher.com.
I performed a tabla duet in Teentaal (16 beat cycle) with my father Rajen Sukhadia at an event organized by www.sarodsitar.com on January 12, 2012. Sri Gaurang Doshi facilitated the event.

“This was the first time we played tabla classically together together for an audience. learning the same material and presenting it together. He has played such an important role in my development as a musician and human being, and it was an honor to share the stage with him. Here, we start with a kaida taught to him by his Guru, Gaurang Doshi, and I end with a kaida taught to me by my Guru, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri.”

Photographs by Neelanjana Banerjee

About the artists:

Rajen Sukhadia
Rajen began his musical training in vocal and tabla at the at the age of eleven in Mehemedabad, Gujarat. He began his studies with Sri Raghubhai Pahadwala of the Ajrada Gharana, and then continued his vocal training with Srimati Kumudani Rathore of the Maihar Gharana. At present, he is studying tabla with Sri Gaurang Doshi, who is a sarode exponent of the Maihar Gharana. For the past 15 years, Rajen has been teaching north Indian classical vocal and tabla in the greater Greensboro North Carolina area.

Robin Sukhadia
A Master in Fine Arts graduate from the World Music program at the California Institute of the Arts, Robin Sukhadia is a disciple of tabla maestro Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. Robin’s special focus on the musical traditions and rhythms of south Asia informs his approach to musical arrangement and composition on a wide range of concert, film, and album productions. For the past seven years, Robin has traveled internationally on behalf of Project Ahimsa , an organization committed to empowering impoverished youth through music education. He performs and teaches extensively, in both classical and contemporary contexts, and has developed innovative music education programs at the Mahatma Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, the Weill Institute at Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the de Young Museum in San Francisco, the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, the Machine Project in Los Angeles and the Sangati Center in San Francisco. In 2010, Robin was awarded a Fulbright Senior Research Award to expand his work with music education in India. Learn more at www.tablapusher.com.