Versatile percussionist Shawn Mativetsky performs in a variety of musical genres with dynamism and skill. Equally at home in Indian classical music, world music, and contemporary/new music, Shawn also composes and performs for dance and theatre. Exponent of the Benares gharana, and disciple of the legendary Pandit Sharda Sahai, Shawn Mativetsky is a highly sought-after tabla performer and educator. He 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 CD, Payton MacDonald: Works for Tabla, was released in 2007, and Cycles, his new CD of Canadian compositions for tabla was released in the fall of 2011.
Ben holds Master’s degrees in percussion performance and music theory from McGill University, under the joint supervision of Aiyun Huang and Fabrice Marandola. His diverse research interests include methods of analysis for popular music, renaissance vocal polyphony, and contemporary percussion literature. In 2010/11 he presented his research at the Xenakis Arts/Science conference (Montreal), New Interfaces for Musical Expression (Oslo), and Confounding Expectations conference (Calgary).
Aiyun Huang’s “Save Percussion Theater” (mode 242)
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