Dynamic performer Shawn Mativetsky is considered one of Canada's leading ambassadors of the tabla, and is a pioneer in bridging the worlds of Western and Indian classical music. Called an “exceptional soloist” by critic Réjean Beaucage, WholeNote's Andrew Timar adds that “as a leading disciple of the renowned [Pandit] Sharda Sahai, he has serious street cred.” Shawn Mativetsky is highly sought-after as both performer and educator, and 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. He recently released Rivers, a solo tabla album rooted in the rich traditions of the Benares style of tabla playing. 

Interprète dynamique, Shawn Mativetsky est considéré comme l'un des plus importants ambassadeurs du tabla au Canada et l'un des principaux pionniers dans le rapprochement entre la musique classique occidentale et la musique classique de l'Inde. « Soliste exceptionnel », ainsi nommé par le critique Réjean Beaucage, Andrew Timar de la revue WholeNote ajoute qu' « en tant que disciple éminent du renommé [Pandit] Sharda Sahai, il est la référence en la matière ». Donnant des conférences, des ateliers et des prestations au Canada et à l’international, il s’engage à faire connaître le tabla et la musique traditionnelle du Nord de l’Inde. Établi à Montréal, il enseigne le tabla et les percussions à l’Université McGill. Rivers, son album de solo de tabla traditionnel, est sorti en mars 2017.
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Announcing the Summer Tabla Workshop Scholarship 2018!

It gives me great pleasure to announce that for the fourth year in a row, a scholarship is available for this year's annual summer tabla workshop! Thanks to a generous donor, the scholarship will cover the $350 tuition fee for one lucky student, who might not normally have been able to afford to attend otherwise. Additionally, if the participant does not have tabla, a pair of tabla will be made available for the duration of the workshop. The workshop takes place daily, from July 2 to 8, 2018, at the…

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Understanding the Structure of a Tabla Solo

I was recently asked to write an article for Percussive Notes magazine, which is a publication of the Percussive Arts Society. The intention of this article is to give some insight into the structure of a Benares-style tabla solo, ahead of my solo performance at PASIC in Indianapolis this November. Of course, this article just touches the surface, as this is a very complex and rich subject, however it should definitely help to better understand what is going on musically, and to be able to follow the…

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Announcing the Summer Tabla Workshop Scholarship 2017!

It gives me great pleasure to announce that for the third year in a row, a scholarship is available for this year's annual summer tabla workshop! Thanks to a generous donor, the scholarship will cover the $350 tuition fee for one lucky student, who might not normally have been able to afford to attend otherwise. Additionally, if the participant does not have tabla, a pair of tabla will be made available for the duration of the workshop. The workshop takes place daily, from June 26 to July 2, 2017, at the…

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RIVERS is here!

RIVERS is finally here! I'm so happy to finally be able to share this recording with you. It's available for purchase on CD or as a digital download right here, as well as on iTunes, Amazon, and other digital music retailers.

The album release was celebrated on March 3 in London, UK with a concert at the Nehru Centre, which is the cultural branch of the High Commission of India. I was very fortunate to be accompanied on sarangi by wonderful musician Ustad Surjeet Singh. Aside from launching Rivers, this…
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RIVERS - Now Available for Pre-Order!

I'm excited to announce that Rivers is now available for pre-order! You can order the CD or digital album right here on my website. The digital album is available on iTunes and Amazon as well. Pre-orders will be fulfilled on the release date, March 7.


The release of Rivers will be celebrated by launch concerts in London, UK (March 3 - Nehru Centre, 6:30pm) and in Montreal (March 7 - Sala Rossa, 7pm). I hope to see you if you are in the area!

In the meantime, here's a little behind the scenes video!
 

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Date Event Location
Ateliers de création et d’improvisation musicales Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montreal, QC Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montreal, QC
Ateliers de création et d’improvisation musicales Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montreal, QC Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montreal, QC
Ateliers de création et d’improvisation musicales Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montreal, QC Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montreal, QC
 —  — Residency at Dalhousie University Fountain School of Performing Arts, Halifax, NS Fountain School of Performing Arts, Halifax, NS
Ateliers de création et d’improvisation musicales Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montreal, QC Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montreal, QC
Ateliers de création et d’improvisation musicales Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montreal, QC Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montreal, QC
Galitcha Historica - Encounters with Canada, Ottawa Historica - Encounters with Canada, Ottawa
Ateliers de création et d’improvisation musicales Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montreal, QC Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montreal, QC
Galitcha Historica - Encounters with Canada, Ottawa Historica - Encounters with Canada, Ottawa
A Musical Meditation: Music of Robert F. Jones St. Matthias Anglican Church, Westmount, QC St. Matthias Anglican Church, Westmount, QC
Ensemble Duniya Queens College, Queens, NY Queens College, Queens, NY
Ensemble Duniya Queensborough Community College, Bayside, NY Queensborough Community College, Bayside, NY
Introduction to North Indian Classical Music Marianopolis College, Westmount, QC Marianopolis College, Westmount, QC
 —  — Eighth Annual Summer Tabla Workshop with Shawn Mativetsky Schulich School of Music of McGill University, Montréal, QC Schulich School of Music of McGill University, Montréal, QC
RIVERS: A rhythmic journey to Varanasi TIMBRE 2018, Montréal, QC TIMBRE 2018, Montréal, QC
 —  — SHASTRA SUMMER WORKSHOP SERIES: Composing with Indian Rhythm William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ
RIVERS: A rhythmic journey to Varanasi Bhakti in the Woods Festival, Ladysmith, QC Bhakti in the Woods Festival, Ladysmith, QC