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Solo Tabla Album Project

Postby Shawn » Tue Sep 06, 2016 2:29 pm

Dear friends,

I am excited to announce that I will soon be recording my first traditional solo tabla album, RIVERS! This will be a full-length tabla solo, in the style of the Benares gharana; a rhythmic journey to Varanasi, India! I am planning to record the album in December, in Toronto with fabulous musician George Koller accompanying on dilruba. I am truly inspired, and cannot wait to get into the studio to record, and to be able to share this music with you! The album release is planned for March, 2017.

There are, of course, numerous costs involved with recording an album such as this, and so I have launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to help cover expenses. Please have a look at my Indiegogo page, where you can read more about the album project in detail. I sincerely hope that you will consider encouraging me in this musical adventure, that is so important to me and close to my heart. To record a solo tabla album has been a longtime ambition of mine, and your generosity will help me to realize this dream! Please also share this campaign with your friends who might also be interested. Your assistance with this project is so very appreciated and means a lot to me.

Here is the link to my Indiegogo page: http://igg.me/at/tabla

Many thanks!
Shawn
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Re: Solo Tabla Album Project

Postby Shawn » Wed Sep 14, 2016 2:30 pm

It's time for a new video! This video was recorded live in concert at the Music Gallery in Toronto, in May 2015, with George Koller on dilruba. This was the first time that we had ever performed together, and it was truly a magical, special evening for me. This concert planted the seeds for our collaboration on this new album project. I hope that you can also feel the special vibe of that evening, and that you will consider helping us to take our collaboration to the next level in the studio. Please visit my IndieGogo page to find out more: https://igg.me/at/tabla

Here is the video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Kcsh1ME6bo
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Re: Solo Tabla Album Project

Postby Shawn » Tue Oct 18, 2016 6:42 pm

Dear friends,

As you know, I am currently raising funds for my first traditional solo tabla recording, RIVERS! As I write this, the recording is 82% funded, with just 5 days left to go. The goal of 100% funding is so, so close. If you haven’t already done so, please consider making a contribution. Any amount will have a large impact, and will enable me to make this dream a reality. To thank you for your kind contribution, there are a number of amazing ‘perks’ offered, such as the album itself, in digital download or CD, lessons in tabla and Indian rhythm, in person or via Skype, the possibility to have your name mentioned in the album liner notes, and even the possibility to host a concert of Indian music in your own home! To find out more, please see my IndieGogo page here: https://igg.me/at/tabla
Since my last message to you, there have been many things happening. I have gone ahead and booked the studio for the end of December, I have done some work on the album cover art (check the link for the story behind the image!), and have had a photo session with wonderful photographer Caroline Tabah. I have also posted a few videos. Click here to see the videos and to catch up on all the latest news: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/solo-tabla-album-by-shawn-mativetsky-india--2/x/1069435#/updates

Here are some reasons why this project is so dear to me:

1. To record a traditional solo tabla album has been a dream of mine for many, many years. Your contribution will help make this dream a reality.
2. Recording this album will allow me to pay tribute to my Guru, Pandit Sharda Sahai-ji, who was a true pioneer in bringing Indian music to the West, and who truly desired for his family's musical heritage to be enjoyed by all.
3. This will be one of but a handful of tabla albums recorded outside of India, and the first to be recorded by a Quebecer.
4. RIVERS represents an important milestone in my musical career, and it will be my most personal and significant artistic creation to date.
5. RIVERS will take you on a rhythmic voyage to India!

We are now in the final stages of the fundraising campaign, and so I really need your assistance now more than ever. We're so close to reaching the target! Thank you for helping me to make it happen!

Shawn

P.S: Please share with any of your friends, family, or colleagues who might be interested. It’s very important for me to reach as many people as possible.
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Re: Solo Tabla Album Project

Postby Shawn » Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:44 pm

Hi everyone,

Though it feels like I might be talking to myself here, I thought I should update you on this project. The IndieGogo campaign was successful and my solo tabla album was 100% funded! Many thanks to those who contributed.

The album, Rivers, will be officially launched on March 7 and is currently available for pre-order via my website, iTunes, and Amazon. Click through to see a behind the scenes video and to hear some clips! I hope that you will enjoy.

https://www.shawnmativetsky.com/rivers

There will be album launch concerts on March 3 in London, and March 7 in Montreal. I hope to see you if you are in the area!

Shawn
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Re: Solo Tabla Album Project

Postby singhhh_ap » Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:19 pm

Shawn,

It was a pleasure listening to sample provided. I wish you a luck on your album. The Benaras Baaj has this unique weight in it which is amazing.

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Re: Solo Tabla Album Project

Postby Shawn » Sat Feb 18, 2017 5:33 am

Many thanks!
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Re: Solo Tabla Album Project

Postby profpandit » Sat Feb 18, 2017 3:30 pm

Shawn wrote:It's time for a new video! This video was recorded live in concert at the Music Gallery in Toronto, in May 2015, with George Koller on dilruba. This was the first time that we had ever performed together, and it was truly a magical, special evening for me. This concert planted the seeds for our collaboration on this new album project. I hope that you can also feel the special vibe of that evening, and that you will consider helping us to take our collaboration to the next level in the studio. Please visit my IndieGogo page to find out more: https://igg.me/at/tabla

Here is the video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Kcsh1ME6bo


Shawn,
I would make an effort to improve the projection of the baayan's sound in the recording.
As of now, all you hear is the daayan,
and you're abviously doing quite a lot with your baayan.
As a first step, I would move the mic closer to and a little better aligned with the baayan's normal.
A second step would be to use a separate larger diaphram mic for the daayan.

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Re: Solo Tabla Album Project

Postby Shawn » Sat Feb 18, 2017 3:57 pm

profpandit wrote:
Shawn wrote:It's time for a new video! This video was recorded live in concert at the Music Gallery in Toronto, in May 2015, with George Koller on dilruba. This was the first time that we had ever performed together, and it was truly a magical, special evening for me. This concert planted the seeds for our collaboration on this new album project. I hope that you can also feel the special vibe of that evening, and that you will consider helping us to take our collaboration to the next level in the studio. Please visit my IndieGogo page to find out more: https://igg.me/at/tabla

Here is the video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Kcsh1ME6bo


Shawn,
I would make an effort to improve the projection of the baayan's sound in the recording.
As of now, all you hear is the daayan,
and you're abviously doing quite a lot with your baayan.
As a first step, I would move the mic closer to and a little better aligned with the baayan's normal.
A second step would be to use a separate larger diaphram mic for the daayan.


Thanks for your comments. The sound from that particular video is not an accurate reflection of what the sound was like live. I can assure you that the sound was very full, and the baya was very powerful.

For my album, a number of microphones were used. One for each drum, plus a centre mic, room mics, and vocal mic. The sound is far superior to that live video.

Shawn
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Re: Solo Tabla Album Project

Postby profpandit » Sat Feb 18, 2017 4:02 pm

Shawn wrote:
profpandit wrote:
Shawn,
I would make an effort to improve the projection of the baayan's sound in the recording.
As of now, all you hear is the daayan,
and you're abviously doing quite a lot with your baayan.
As a first step, I would move the mic closer to and a little better aligned with the baayan's normal.
A second step would be to use a separate larger diaphram mic for the daayan.


Thanks for your comments. The sound from that particular video is not an accurate reflection of what the sound was like live. I can assure you that the sound was very full, and the baya was very powerful.

For my album, a number of microphones were used. One for each drum, plus a centre mic, room mics, and vocal mic. The sound is far superior to that live video.

Shawn


From that video, from the sound of the daayan, it's evident the quality of your tabla play is really good.
You can see your left hand doing all this stuff which is typical of Benaras gharana, but you can't hear it in that video.

I heard the Vilambit Leya Teentaal sample from your RIVERS website.
I still could not hear much of the baayan, but the daayan was very clear.
I suspect that's because I'm hearing it on the built in speakers of a MacBook Air
which probably don't have enough dynamic range to render the content faithfully

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Re: Solo Tabla Album Project

Postby Shawn » Sat Feb 18, 2017 6:32 pm

profpandit wrote:I heard the Vilambit Leya Teentaal sample from your RIVERS website.
I still could not hear much of the baayan, but the daayan was very clear.
I suspect that's because I'm hearing it on the built in speakers of a MacBook Air
which probably don't have enough dynamic range to render the content faithfully


Ah, I think you've just pinpointed the source of the problem. :) Macbook speakers really don't have much bass range at all.

As a side note, like a lot of Benares baaj tabla players, I tune my baya to Sa, in this case D, which is quite low in the baya range.

Shawn
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Re: Solo Tabla Album Project

Postby profpandit » Sun Feb 19, 2017 3:52 am

Shawn wrote:
profpandit wrote:I heard the Vilambit Leya Teentaal sample from your RIVERS website.
I still could not hear much of the baayan, but the daayan was very clear.
I suspect that's because I'm hearing it on the built in speakers of a MacBook Air
which probably don't have enough dynamic range to render the content faithfully


Ah, I think you've just pinpointed the source of the problem. :) Macbook speakers really don't have much bass range at all.

As a side note, like a lot of Benares baaj tabla players, I tune my baya to Sa, in this case D, which is quite low in the baya range.

Shawn


Do you tune your daayan to Pa, or is it Sa also?

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Re: Solo Tabla Album Project

Postby Shawn » Sun Feb 19, 2017 4:18 am

Usually Sa, but actually in this solo, I use three pitches. Sa, Pa, and Sa. :)
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