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Tabla Beat Science

The North Indian drums know as the tabla were said to have been invented in the 13th century by Amir Khusrau, a disciple of the Sufi saint Hazrat Nizemuddin Aluya. At the time, Khusrau sawed a pakhawaj (a single two-headed wooden drum) in two. Though no one may never know exactly why Khusrau felt it necessary it to saw a pakhawaj in half, his act gave birth to the tabla. Since that time, the tabla have been conceived to accompany vocalists and such instruments as the sitar (a multi-stringed lute), bin (a seven-stringed tube zither), venu (a side-blown cane flute), saord (a lute with a parchment soundboard and metal frets), and the sarangi (bowed lute).

The late Ustad Alla Rakha, who played for many years with Ravi Shankar, is widely credited with having expanded the repertoire and the role of the tabla. Thanks in great part to his ingenuity and determination, today the tabla is no longer considered to be merely an accompanying instrument. In honor of his impressive contributions to the world of tabla, the musical consortium known as Tabla Beat Science has dedicated their debut CD, Tabla Matrix, to the memory of Ustad Alla Rakha. By asking some of the most highly regarded tabla players in the world to play with a variety of musicians and programmers, producer and bassist Bill Laswell has essentially appropriated the ancient tradition of the tabla and fused it with contemporary electronica studio wizardry. Tabla Beat Science is comprised of Ustad Alla Rakha's son and tabla superman Zakir Hussain, venerated sarangi player Ustad Sultan Khan, Indian and jazz percussion innovator Trilok Gurtu, New York drummer Karsh Kale, bass and drum visionary Talvin Singh, music programmer Brad Somatik, and producer/bassist Bill Laswell. An innovative and creative union of musicians, Tabla Beat Science pushes the envelope of traditional tabla playing and, perhaps more importantly, breathes fresh air into electronica by introducing traditional acoustic virtuosity into the mix. The collective recorded an August 2001 performance and released it as the double-disc Live in San Francisco at Stern Grove album in 2002. ~ John Vallier, Rovi
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Sounds incredible! It's a sound hallucinatio n .
The best meditation with high spirits music ! love it :)
..Weird in a good way....all time classic, trip me out, Laswell rules.
song makes me feel weird..
Been a favorite of mine for years!!
Oh yeah this hits the spot.
Their tabla and sitar offer us a mantra built around the one bell-tone of the tabla and the many oriental-ele c t r i c tones of the sitar.
Amazing virtuosity from Zakir Hussain. I found him on youtube and found this project after looking further, to discover mad fresh dnb to my huge surprise!!!!
This music is good lounge music, where you just want to sit back and relax with your eyes closed.
I just starting listening to this artist and..... Man this artist is incredible. They should put this song in a adventure game like uncharted
hblblobb
Man... I been listening to these guys since... like... 1980 something... DAMN!!!!
TBS showed up on my Ravi Shankar playlist today...imme d i a t e l y added them to get them in the rotation. Awesome sounds!
all I can say is

SNAP ON THAT
superb music love the union of old school and new skool. been down for years
I have been in love with Tabla Beat Science for years
I zoned out twice trying to write something here. Mission accomplished !
marcusc.craw f o r d
Pure Sweetness!
sandhood
Good combination of drums and tabla. Groovin'
victor_flore z 2 5
Incredibly sweet music vibrations going through me right now, hahhaa. I wanna climb some trees all of the sudden!
tlc.yoga
Groovin' and movin' mi yamo!
medit84nrpee z
This is crazy-good tabla playing.
Trip me out, Laswell rules
fat funky raindrops of tabla goodness
Fantastic! I love being exposed to so much great music. Thank you
Tabla beats are sublime. Pandora your ads are so lame make money of memberships not annoying intrusive ads that make me not want to use pandora. I know boo hoo so stuff it if you don't agree.
I recently took up yoga and happened to be searching for this type of music to listen to during my work out. It's great for meditation purposes too. Way to go India!
They sure do have some...ok not, some but a lot of good beats, and very high beats in their music! But its really good tho i like it.
I can't get enough!
I suppose you could say that these guys have beats down to a science. xD

This group was recommended to me on a whim at the last trip that I made to the bookstore looking for music, and it's been on loop for a while yet. ^_^
the beat is intoxicating . .
This is great stuff.
Upbeat and powerful. These guys Jam! All there stuff is sweet...

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