Tabla Beat Science

August 5, 2006

Tala Matrix

Fascinating world fusion project from Karsh Kale, Zakir Hussain, Ustad Sultan Khan and (of course) Bill Laswell.
Hussain’s deft Tabla playing makes up the foundation for the compositions and his beats are treated and sliced and diced digitally. Kale provides modern, yet exotic percussion and electronic beats . Add to all of that Sarangi and singing by Khan and some very spacey, yet understated Bass-work by Laswell, as well as some Turntable play and electronics by the MidiEvil Punditz for a very modern, global-house oriented album.

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Also, be sure to check out their amazing Live at Stern Grove album, which includes vocals by Gigi, who also duets with Ustad Sultan Khan in more than one song. The playing is fantastic and the recording is absolutely crystal clear. Songs from Tala Matrix are expanded upon and reinterpreted and DJ Disc melts some vinyl. Laswell’s playing has seldom been louder or spacier.

There’s also a very similar set captured on DVD, entitled Talamanam Sound Clash: Further Adventures in Hypercussion, which I highly recommend. I reviewed it over here.



  1. Hey Chardman – I have this one and the Live at Stern Grove, but have not seen the video. I sure would like to see that sometime!

    Nice posting, man.


  2. Thanks for this!
    Saw John Handy, Ali Akbar Khan & ZH play in a church in SF in the 80s. Wow! THere’s a DBL live lp of them recorded earlier, yrs earlier but haven’t been able to track a copy. My eyes are always peeled.
    Thanks again! Cheers!

  3. I hope that Axiom does more video productions. That particular video was directed my Alex Winter, one half of Bill & Ted (‘s Excellent adventure).
    Don’t let that put you off, though; it’s great.

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