Speaker: Gurpreet Chana
Born in Etobicoke and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Gurpreet Chana "The Tabla Guy" is a mechanical engineering graduate from the University of Waterloo who now lives in and creates out of Toronto. His musical explorations stem from the diversity he experienced growing up in a pluralistic society. At a time where genres collided openly and playfully, he embraced the tabla as his means of being heard in those creative conversations.
One of his key projects, TABLIX, is the result of seven years of meticulous research and development that investigates technology’s impact on the untapped melodic potential of the Tabla by blending the ergonomics of the traditional with the infinite possibilities of the digital to create a new mode of artistic expression.
Over the course of his career, Chana has also become one of the leading proponents of the Hang (pronounced Hung) a percussive and melodic instrument that blends Steelpan acoustics from the Caribbean with the hollow bass of the South Indian Ghatam & Nigerian Udu drums tuned to the Japanese Ake Bono scale.
A producer, technician, composer and performer, his music juxtaposes & weaves the time-honoured tradition of the tabla with the fabric of contemporary music and instruments to dissolve boundaries through discoveries, collaborations, and musical conversations.
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