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Sam Evans

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B.Mus Hons (tabla) [currently Masters candidate]

Sam Evans is a professional tabla player who teaches tabla to individuals and groups in Melbourne and is a lecturer in Indian music at Monash University. Evans studied tabla under the most renowned tabla master Pandit Anindo Chatterjee in India for over a decade. He regularly performs as soloist and accompanist in India and is teaching at Monash University in Melbourne where he runs a 2 level course in Indian rhythm and the 25 piece ‘World Music Orchestra’. Evans runs a very busy tabla school in Hawthorn, teaching traditional and modern tabla to groups and individuals. Lessons at the school are aimed at students gaining the correct technique and tone quality to allow them to create their own music and their own improvisations as tabla players. Lessons are constructed to suit each musicians needs while maintaining the sublime tradition of Indian tabla. Students also learn how to use the Indian recitation system known as tabla bols in learning the art of tabla playing.

Sam Evans has 15 years experience in teaching percussion to students of all ages and levels from primary, secondary and tertiary to mature age and professional players. He holds a Bachelor degree in music (tabla) with first class Honors and is currently on a prestigious scholarship completing a Masters degree in performance on tabla, and is writing a progressive tabla repertoire book. The tabla school has regular guest artists to assist in learning the art of accompaniment, it also offers tabla ensembles of different levels and sets of tabla for beginner students to hire.

Evans began has tabla training in India under Shri Debasis Brahmachari and later studied under Abhijit Bannerjee and Ustad Sabir Khan before becoming a student of the great Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, living in India with funding assistance from the Australia Council for the Arts, The Ian Potter Foundation and Monash University. Renowned for his cross-cultural music collaborations Evans has performed and written music for the television, animation, documentaries and regularly performs with some of Melbourne’s finest jazz musicians. Fine Blue Thread, his project with Indonesian singer Ria Soemardjo and cellist Helen Mountfort (my friend the chocolate cake) have received rave reviews and played sell out shows throughout Australia and have just finished recording their debut album, Red Mountain, to be released in 2009.



These details were last updated on May 8, 2009

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