Tabla + Photographs with Robin Sukhadia
Friday, February 25th, 2011
Come to Machine Project for a special evening of photography and tabla with Robin Sukhadia (www.tablapusher.com). Currently in the middle of a Fulbright Senior Research Grant in India, Robin is back in LA for one week and will be sharing highlights from his travels/service projects (www.tablapusher.com/blog) in India. He will also present what he is working on most intensely at the moment on tabla, compositions in Jhaptaal (cycle of 10 beats).
The evening will feature special guest performances by Rajen Sukhadia, Robin’s dad, on vocals, and Sheela Bringi on harmonium.
Recently completing a Master in Fine Arts at the California Institute of the Arts, Robin Sukhadia has been studying tabla (classical north Indian drums) under Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri at the California Institute of the Arts and the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California for the past eight years. His special focus on the musical traditions and rhythms of south Asia informs his approach to musical arrangement and composition on a wide range of concert, film, and album productions. For the past seven years, Robin has traveled internationally on behalf of Project Ahimsa (www.projectahimsa.org), an organization committed to empowering impoverished youth through music education. He performs and teaches extensively, in both classical and contemporary contexts, and has developed innovative music education programs at the Weill Institute at Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the de Young Museum in San Francisco, the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, the Machine Project in Los Angeles, the Sangati Center in San Francisco and the Mahatma Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, India. In 2010, Robin was awarded a Fulbright Senior Research Award to expand his work with music education in India.