Washington Bangla Radio is pleased to present a selection of the beautiful and unique compositions of Toronto Tabla Ensemble (www.tablaensemble.com)
for your listening pleasure. These audio tracks are presented courtesy
of the Toronto Tabla Ensemble and their Artistic Director, Ritesh Das
(e-mail: riteshdas [at] tablaensemble [dot] com). Click on the play
button above to listen to the songs on WBRi On-Demand Radio.
The songs are:
- Indo Africa -Toronto Tabla Ensemble. Composer Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri
- Weight - Toronto Tabla Ensemble. Composer Ritesh Das
- Tap Root -Toronto Tabla Ensemble and Donald Quan. Composer Ritesh Das & Donald Quan
- Waterfall - Toronto Tabla Ensemble. Composer Ritesh Das
- Joyfully Seven- Toronto Tabla Ensemble
- Weaving - Toronto Tabla Ensemble. Composer Ritesh Das
- Bable - Ritesh Das and Hari Krishnan. Composers Ritesh Das and Hari Krishnan.
About Toronto Tabla Ensemble
This critically acclaimed independent band from Toronto, Canada, is
a total music experience. The TTE has developed its own powerful style
using rhythms from India, while exploring contemporary musical
landscapes with artists from other cultures.
Playing to sold out audiences since 1991, this influential voice in
Canadian music, brings together the North Indian percussive tradition
of Tabla, with some of Canada's best music and dance groups.
Staying true to form, content and feeling, the TTE moves what is
traditionally a solo instrument to an unparalleled level of ensemble
The intricate rhythms and abundant tonal variations possible on the
tabla combine to make it one of the most expressive of all percussion
instruments. Add to this the versatility of mallets, percussion, voice,
violin, bass and dance, and you have what the Ensemble is all about.
The Ensemble has performed at all of Canada's best folk, jazz and
art festivals, has appeared nationally and internationally on Bravo!,
CBC News World and Much Music, and in 2003 was commissioned to create
the current theme music for the CBC RADIO 1's daily morning show Metro
Toronto Tabla Ensemble albums are available in MP3 Audio download
format online. Click on the album names below to listen to free samples
and download Mp3 Audio tracks.
Ritesh Das, composer and musician, has studied tabla with gurus
Pandit Shankar Ghosh, Ustad Zakir Hussain and most extensively with
Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. He has toured throughout the US, Canada and
India, and performed with many of India's great music and dance
innovators. Since moving to Canada, he has established himself as an
extraordinary teacher of tabla and founded the Toronto Tabla Ensemble in
Joanna De Souza
Joanna de Souza is perhaps the only Canadian born artist to achieve
a Master's Degree in Indian Classical Kathak dance through Prayag
Sangit Samiti, Allahabad, India. Her study of Kathak, which began in
1978, continues under Pandit Chitresh Das. Since her return to Toronto,
she has gained reputation as an excellent Kathak dancer, teacher and
choreographer. Her traditional and collaborative works have earned her a
variety of nominations and awards. She is Artistic Director of M-DO and
has been a member of the TTE since 1993.
Neel, a native East Coaster, began studying with Ritesh Das upon
his move to Toronto in 1993. As an integral member of the Toronto Tabla
Ensemble, he regularly accompanies kathak dance classes and is on the
teaching staff of the M-DO and Toronto Tabla Ensemble Centre for World
Music and Dance. Neel has traveled with the Ensemble on many tours and
has attended all professional development workshops with Pandit Swapan
Jono Gooch completed Grade 10 piano in 1996, under Clayton Scott at
the Royal Conservatory of Music. A keen interest in rhythm lead him to
the drums & he has been playing the kit drum since 1992 & has
studied tabla with Ritesh since 1999. He has toured nationally with the
Toronto Tabla Ensemble & plays locally with the Three Bears, Shiver
Mc Timbers, Clocknuts and You Left Saving The Planet.
A passion for tabla lead Heather to begin studying tabla with
Ritesh Das upon her return from abroad. She has toured internationally
with the Ensemble and participates in all professional development
workshops, including those with Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. She is a member
of the Ensemble's Board of Directors and plays a vital production and
promotional role in all concerts and fund-raising events.
Bindhu made her debut with the Toronto Tabla Ensemble in 2007. She
participates in all performances, classes and workshops and is studying
the art of kathak dance accompaniment. Outside of the Ensemble, she
works as a full-time occupational therapist.
Robin had his first exposure to the Indian classical performing
arts while completing a degree in music at the University of British
Columbia. A saxophone player by training, he has composed music and
played in a variety of jazz, classical and contemporary settings. Upon
moving to Toronto, an interest in Indian percussion lead to studies in
tabla. Robin performs with the Toronto Tabla Ensemble and accompanies
kathak dance classes and performances.
Vitra has been studying tabla for the last several years and made
her debut with the Ensemble in 2007. She participates in all classes and
workshops and is studying kathak dance accompaniment. Outside of the
Ensemble, Vitra is an Investment Finance Analyst.