ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Dr. David Nelson, mridangam, is Artist in Residence in South Indian drumming at Wesleyan University & learned from T. Ranganathan. He has a Ph.D. from Wesleyan University & MFA from CALArts. He has accompanied Indian artists in the USA, Europe, India & China. He has written on South Indian drumming in the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music & in two books: Solkattu Manual & Konnakkol Manual. His latest CD is Vocal Music of South India with B. Balasubrahmaniyan.
Shawn Mativetsky, tabla, learned from Sharda Sahai & teaches tabla at McGill University where he earned his MM degree. His tabla CDs include Payton MacDonald: Works for Tabla, Cycles & Rivers. Shawn has performed in Cyprus, Wales, USA & Canada.
Percussion artist and educator, Dr. Patrick Roulet has collaborated with an array of artists from composers and choreographers to world musicians and percussion soloists and chamber musicians. His enduring curiosity for world percussion traditions and the blending of music and culture have inspired him to create the Global Spice World Music Series at Western Washington University and to develop his Outside-In: Global Journeys in Rhythm and Sound percussion concerts. He is currently the Music Department Chair and Percussion Area Coordinator at Western Washington University.
ABOUT THE PANEL: World Percussion Panel Discussion: Tabla & Mridangam Improvisation in Indian Classical Musics
This panel approved discussion will focus on the improvisational practice of tabla & mridangam performances in their respective Hindustani & Karnatak Indian classical traditions. These hand drumming traditions use refined techniques & complex rhythmic vocabulary that are useful to percussionists seeking further understanding of these traditions & their musical applications outside of Indian tradition.
This panel discussion will provide understanding on Indian cadential rhythmic phrasing such as tihai, korvai, mora, calculations & musical contexts such as solo tabla performance, tani avartanam & accompaniment.
The panelists have been chosen because both have learned the Hindustani & Karnatak traditions as outsiders, are recognized professional experts in their areas & can articulate for PASIC attendees their musical & cultural experiences in learning improvisation in Indian classical musics.