Friday, August 16, 2013

Short solo in Chartal Ki Sawari w full band

oh hello again,

Tabla solo in Chartal Ki Sawari (11 beats) with Autorickshaw quintet accompanying:

Last Friday my band Autorickshaw played a concert on the mainstage at Harbourfront in Toronto. One of the things I've wanted to try for awhile is to have a full band playing a big fat lehara. It's risky tabla can have a hard time with audibility when there are drums and guitar and bass, but this seemed to work out well. That's Justin Abedin on guitar, Dylan Bell on bass, Ben Riley on drums and Suba Sankaran grooving.

Chartal Ki Sawari is a very cool tala, and I learned all this material in a workshop with Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri a few years ago.

The theka is:
Dha . . . terekite Dhin. . .  Na . . .  Thun . . . Na . . . Kat . . . Ta . . .
Dhin . . Na . . Dhin . . Na . .

Those last three beats are what I love about this tala.

There's a kaida, a gat and a pair of parans.

Kaida theme:

Dha trekeDhetete Ghena Dha - GhenaDhatiDhage Dhinnagena
Dhatreke Dhetete Gene Dhinnagena
Dhatreke Dhetete Gene Thinnakena
The decision to recite the 'sawari' part of the composition (dhatrekedhetetegehetdhinnagena/dhatrekedheteteghenethinnakena) and the tihai was completely spontaneous, though it seems to work, so I think I'll keep it for future shows.

 The band is playing a version of the Jaunpuri gat heard in this video with sitarist Chris Hale:

My other Chartal Ki Sawari piece is this way out experiment from my upcoming album (I can't WAIT to make the video for this track):

aaaaand that's all for now!
tata, dinginatoms!

1 comment:

  1. now i feel very sorry i missed that concert. as always, very cool, ed.