August 23, 2009 Tabla Beat Science [cross-genre world music!]
I came across this group totally randomly, after a friend of mine suggested that I should check out more Indian drumming. Seriously, tabla drumming is one of the most incredible things in the world and to see a master play is an absolutely unforgettable experience. I remember that one time I went to the Arts First festival at Harvard and saw three guys who played tabla together – their memorization and coordination skills were beyond comprehension.
Tabla is not a hit in the states such as other Indian styles of music / dance (for example, bhangra). However, these guys tried to put a different spin on tabla music, and gain some more popularity by doing something totally craaaaaaazy! To me it sounds like a decision they made after having a few shots of absolut at the bhangra party – “Dude, let’s do a mix of Hindustani music, Asian Underground, Ambient, Drum and Bass, and Electronica! It’ll be failproof!“
Though it may sound like a somewhat odd mix of styles, it’s really cohesive sounding. The tabla playing is totally badass, the beats are awesome, and it’s a fun way to get into some world music without venturing into the realm of totally unlistenable music for our westernized ears.
Enjoy a track from their album “Tala Matrix” called Palmistry by clicking here! This particular one has more of an opium den vibe to it than the rest of the album, but it’s amazingly relaxing and trance-like.