About The Teacher
Davinder Singh Namdhari – Voice, Esraj
Prashant John – Guitar, Bansuri,
Sunny Matharu – Tabla
The founder of the two award winning/multi-nominated cross-cultural world music bands, Tandava and Lehera, offers yet another spicy musical banquet. Prakriti bridges the gap between the ancient and contemporary. With a firm grounding in Eastern and Western musical traditions, they explore the universality of rhythm and melody in a spirit of oneness. Tabla beats and Indian rhythmic syllables dance together with evocative guitar improvisations and ostinatos. Bamboo flute melodies and soaring vocals in Eastern and Western musical styles converse with virtuosic classical esraj improvisations that sometimes sounds like a shenai.
Davinder Singh Namdhari – Esraj/Taar-Shenai, Voice
Davinder specializes in Vocal Classical Gurbani Kirtan and the Esraj/Taar-shehnai. With the spiritual blessings and guidance of Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh, Davinder’s rigorous training exposed him to a variety of Indian musical instruments and styles and he holds an MA in Indian Classical Vocal music from Punjab University. Davinder also teaches other instruments such as Sitar, Dilruba, Esraj, Taus, Taarshehnai, Sarandha, Harmonium and Sarangi
Prashant Michael John – Guitar, Bamboo Flute, Voice
Born in Lahore and raised in Bangladesh, Prashant has performed. recorded and collaborated in genres from folk, rock, and jazz to world music. His evolving compositions, while influenced by the musics of the sub-continent, combine the styles and instrumentation of a variety of world cultures. Prashant leads his Vancouver based world music band Tandava and his international trio Lehera and has won numerous nominations and awards in both bands. Mainly self-taught, he has studied Karnatic theory and rhythm, North and South Indian flutes, African Fula flute, Baul music, and Jazz with teachers and masters from different traditions
Sarabjit (Sunny) Matharu – Tabla/percussion
Sunny has performed in a variety of musical genres including Indian and Western Classical, Jazz, Hip-hop/Beatboxing, R&B, and East-West Fusion. Sunny has enthralled audiences in Canada, US, UK and India with his creative and unique approach to Tabla-playing. He is much sought after as a performer, teacher, and recording artist
Sunny has studied with many Tabla maestros including Pt. Sharda Sahai, Pt. Yogesh Samsi, and Ustad Zakir Hussain. Learning from these masters exposed Sunny to a variety of Tabla styles and traditions. Although Sunny specializes in Tabla he is also adept in Pakhawaj, Jori, and Dholak.