Calcutta-born, Toronto-based tabla maestro Ritesh Das releases his debut solo album, To Begin With, after three decades of heading the acclaimed Toronto Tabla Ensemble, a multi-cultural entity that has been on the map for a while for its cutting edge contemporary fusion.
The 66-year-old percussion maestro has led a fairy-tale life in his shift of roots. As a metaphor for yet another new phase in his life, To Begin With is unlike anything in Das’s storied career.
To Begin With stands out as an epic sequence of cinematic cuts that blend man and machine, balances spirituality and technology, and forms the soundtrack for a globe-trotting adventure film straight out of Das’s boundless imagination.
The performance will feature guest artists Toronto Tabla Ensemble, Japanese Taiko maestro Kiyoshi Nagata and Aki Takahashi, Egyptian vocalist Maryem Hassan Tollar and multi-instrumentalist George Koller.
Don’t miss this one time epic performance at the Al Green Theatre in Toronto!
Since 1991, Das and the TTE have crossed Canada multiple times, and mesmerized audiences in India and Australia with their intricate grooves and modern, high-energy approach. They have released eight original studio albums that have garnered Global Music Awards, Independent Music Awards and Ethnic Media Awards. Their 2020 album Bhumika earned the group a nomination for Best World and Best Instrumental Group at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Their compositions have been licensed for commercials, films, and as the theme music for CBC Radio’s daily Metro Morning.