International Pharos Contemporary Music Festival

The Shoe Factory, 304 Ermou Street, Nicosia, Cyprus

Canadian tabla player Shawn Mativetsky performs a recital of new works for tabla, by composers Taylor Brook, Payton MacDonald, Shawn Mativetsky, Tawnie Olson, and Bruno Paquet.

Over the past decade, Shawn Mativetsky – percussionist, composer and educator – has been working to combine his dual backgrounds in both Western and Indian classical music by commissioning new music for the tabla. The resulting works draw their inspiration from Western and Indian music in varying degrees, and reflect the personalities and approaches of the individual composers. The tabla, with its quasi-melodic sonorities, is a unique percussion instrument that produces a colourful palette of sounds, rhythms of extreme intricacy, and music of great depth and vibrancy.