Tabla player, pushing the boundaries of tradition.
SHORT BIO

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. His solo album, Payton MacDonald: Works for Tabla, was released in 2007, and Cycles, his recording of Canadian compositions for tabla, was released in the fall of 2011. He recently released Rivers, a solo tabla album rooted in the rich traditions of the Benares style of tabla playing.

As a practitioner of Indian classical music, Shawn regularly gives solo tabla performances, as well as accompanying kathak dance, voice, bansuri, sarod, santoor, sarangi, and sitar artists. Shawn has performed numerous solo recitals, spanning Canada, the United States, the UK, and India. As an ensemble musician, he performs regularly with the cross-cultural Attar Project, Indo-fusion group Ragleela, and improv trio Of Sound, Mind and Body.

BIO

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. His solo album, Payton MacDonald: Works for Tabla, was released in 2007, and Cycles, his recording of Canadian compositions for tabla, was released in the fall of 2011. He recently released Rivers, a solo tabla album rooted in the rich traditions of the Benares style of tabla playing.

As a practitioner of Indian classical music, Shawn regularly gives solo tabla performances, as well as accompanying kathak dance, voice, bansuri, sarod, santoor, sarangi, and sitar artists. Since 2003, Shawn has been affiliated with the Pandit Ram Sahai Foundation (UK/India), and in the summers of 2006 and 2008, hosted tabla maestro Pandit Sharda Sahai's annual summer tabla workshop. Since 2011, Shawn has been hosting his own annual summer tabla workshop at McGill University. In recent years, he has been working closely with santoor player Jonathan Voyer, sitarist Uwe Neumann, and kathak dancer Sudeshna Maulik.

Shawn has performed numerous solo recitals, spanning Canada, the United States, the UK, and India and has been featured in series such as the Windsor Canadian Music Festival, Pontio / Music @ Bangor, New Music in New Spaces, Groundswell, Festival Montréal Baroque, Jusqu’aux Oreilles, Evolutions, Voyages: Montréal-New York, Festival International du Domaine Forget, New Works Calgary, Music Toronto, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. As an ensemble musician, Shawn Mativetsky performs regularly with violinist Parmela Attariwala's cross-cultural Attar Project, Indo-fusion group Ragleela, Indian-folk group Galitcha, and the improv trio Of Sound, Mind and Body, with Tim Brady and Helmut Lipsky. A versatile studio musician, Shawn has appeared on albums by Yann Perreau, Elephant Stone, Suzie Leblanc, Ramachandra Borcar, and Daniel Lavoie. Regular performances with Galitcha have led to concerts across Canada and the US, as well as tours to France and Tunisia, the chance to play with guest musicians such as Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Salil Bhatt, Harry Manx, and Yves Lambert, as well as a performance for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, during their visit to Canada.

BIO COURTE EN FRANÇAIS

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. Son album solo, Payton MacDonald: Œuvres pour Tabla est paru en 2007, et Cycles, son album constitué de compositions canadiennes pour tabla, est sorti en 2011. Riversson album de solo de tabla traditionnel, est sorti en mars 2017.

Shawn donne fréquemment des concerts solo de tabla et il accompagne également des danseurs de kathak, des chanteurs, des musiciens de bansuri, de sarode, de santoor, de sarangi et de sitar. Shawn a présenté de nombreux récitals solo à travers le Canada, les États-Unis, le Royaume Uni et en Inde. Également reconnu comme musicien de chambre, Shawn Mativetsky collabore à des projets des plus variés tels que le projet interculturel Attar Project, le groupe indo-fusion Ragleela et le trio d'improvisation Of Sound, Mind and Body.

BIO EN FRANÇAIS

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. Son album solo, Payton MacDonald: Œuvres pour Tabla est paru en 2007, et Cycles, son album constitué de compositions canadiennes pour tabla, est sorti en 2011. Riversson album de solo de tabla traditionnel, est sorti en mars 2017.

Shawn donne fréquemment des concerts solo de tabla et il accompagne également des danseurs de kathak, des chanteurs, des musiciens de bansuri, de sarode, de santoor, de sarangi et de sitar. Depuis 2003, Shawn est affilié à la Fondation Pandit Ram Sahai (Royaume-Uni/Inde), et au cours de l’été 2006 et 2008, il a accueilli à Montréal son maître de tabla Pandit Sharda Sahai pour ses ateliers annuels de tabla. À chaque été, depuis 2011, Shawn offre des ateliers annuel de tabla à l'Université McGill. Ces dernières années, Shawn travaille en étroite collaboration avec le joueur de santoor Jonathan Voyer, le sitariste Uwe Neumann et la danseuse de kathak Sudeshna Maulik.

Shawn a présenté de nombreux récitals solo à travers le Canada, les États-Unis, le Royaume Uni et en Inde. Il est également monté sur scène dans le cadre de séries comme le Windsor Canadian Music Festival, Pontio Music@Bangor, New Music in New Spaces, Groundswell, Festival Montréal Baroque, Jusqu’aux Oreilles, Évolutions, Voyages: Montréal-New York, Festival International du Domaine Forget, New Works Calgary, Music Toronto et le Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Également reconnu comme musicien de chambre, Shawn Mativetsky collabore à des projets des plus variés tels que le projet interculturel Attar Project avec la violoniste Parmela Attariwala, le groupe indo-fusion Ragleelale groupe de folklore indien Galitcha et le trio d'improvisation Of Sound, Mind and Body, avec Tim Brady et Helmut Lipsky. En tant que musicien invité, il contribue à des albums de divers artistes tels Yann Perreau, Elephant Stone, Suzie Leblanc et Daniel Lavoie. Des concerts réguliers avec Galitcha, l’ont mené à donner des représentations à travers la Canada et les États-Unis, aussi bien qu’à faire des tournées en France et en Tunisie, avec la chance de jouer avec des musiciens invités tels que Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Salil Bhatt, Harry Manx, et Yves Lambert.

CONTACT

Shawn Mativetsky
shawn@shawnmativetsky.com



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VIDEOS


PRESS

RIVERS, 2017


"[Shawn Mativetsky] découpe admirablement les rythmes et possède l’art des contrastes dans les timbres. ... Le tout est d’une grande beauté et le choix du répertoire permet d’explorer plusieurs atmosphères. ... Une occasion de découvrir toute la profondeur, la subtilité et la puissance d’évocation de l’artiste." - Yves Bernard, Le Devoir (Mar 7, 2017)

"Mativetsky’s tabla solos in Rivers eloquently reflect his evident dedication to the dynamic, received tradition of Benares style of tabla playing, his own individual spontaneous creativity, as well as his passion for this rich form of music-making." - Andrew Timar, The WholeNote (Mar 27, 2017)

CYCLES, 2011

“As a leading Canadian disciple of the renowned Sharda Sahai he has serious tabla street cred. ... The works admirably showcase his timbral, temporal control and musical sensitivity on the tabla alone, and as supported by a series of duo, chamber music and orchestral forces. ... Cycles will delight both world music and new music aficionados alike.” - Andrew Timar, The WholeNote (Apr 1, 2012)
 
“The musical fusion is successful and particularly interesting. Christian Ledroit, Nicole Lizée, Bruno Paquet, Jim Hiscott and Paul Frehner deliver creations that are sensitive, exhilarating, and downright bewitching. It’s also worth emphasizing the extraordinary complicity of the musicians collaborating with Shawn Mativetsky. That the musicians enjoy playing together is quite audible and contributes to the sharing and appreciation of this warm, captivating and human music. A must!” - Eric Champagne, La Scena Musicale (Sep 1, 2012)
 
“The enchanting CD tracks... take you on a musical journey that is mesmerizing as well as enthralling. ... Shawn Mativetsky, a rare tabla player and musician of his time, has truly captured the spirit of classical music in the palms of his hands with his fingers so intricately vibrating across the drumhead, as he accompanies one instrument after another... [with] zest, fervor and sincerity.” - Dr. Monika Spolia, Bharat Times (Dec 1, 2011)
 
“Le disque est d'une beauté mystérieuse.” - Yves Bernard, Le Devoir (Dec 16, 2011)
“I highly recommend this new CD for anyone wanting to expand his or her library of chamber works. The CD offers variety throughout, not only through compositional style, but more clearly through a diverse mixture of timbres and textures.” - Rob Parks, Percussive Notes (May 1, 2012)
 
WORKS FOR TABLA, 2007

“Mativetsky and the William Paterson University Percussion Ensemble play with easy grace and throbbing vitality. The CD should be of strong interest to fans of percussion, and of creative syntheses of Western and world musics that compromise the integrity of neither.”  - Stephen Eddins, Allmusic.com
 
“Mativetsky really shines on this recording as he navigates his way through the vast repertoire of Indian rhythmic phrases and time cycles. The solo pieces highlight his mastery of the numerous strokes, sounds and melodic facets of the tabla.”  - Terry O'Mahoney, Percussive Notes (February 2008)

"Un répertoire qui met de l'avant le grand talent d'un soliste exceptionnel." - Réjean Beaucage, Revue Circuit, vol. 17, no. 3 (2007)

"Shawn Mativetsky gives commanding performances of these well crafted, well performed, and well recorded compositions. There is not a bad moment on this disc." - Jay Batzner, Sequenza 21 (Jan 29, 2008)

OTHER PRESS

“The tabla was virtuosically handled by [Shawn] Mativetsky... It brought the house down.” - Ken Winters, The Globe and Mail (Feb 16, 2008)
 
“Percussionist Shawn Mativetsky handled the virtuoso solo part with an aplomb that was nicely matched by the orchestra... it was a persuasive performance.” - Richard Todd, The Ottawa Citizen (Sep 18, 2006)