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Shawn Mativetsky / Press

“As a leading Canadian disciple of the renowned Sharda Sahai he has serious tabla street cred. ... The works admirably showcase his timbral, temporal control and musical sensitivity on the tabla alone, and as supported by a series of duo, chamber music and orchestral forces. ... Cycles will delight both world music and new music aficionados alike.”

“The musical fusion is successful and particularly interesting. Christian Ledroit, Nicole Lizée, Bruno Paquet, Jim Hiscott and Paul Frehner deliver creations that are sensitive, exhilarating, and downright bewitching. It’s also worth emphasizing the extraordinary complicity of the musicians collaborating with Shawn Mativetsky. That the musicians enjoy playing together is quite audible and contributes to the sharing and appreciation of this warm, captivating and human music. A must!”

“The enchanting CD tracks... take you on a musical journey that is mesmerizing as well as enthralling. ... Shawn Mativetsky, a rare tabla player and musician of his time, has truly captured the spirit of classical music in the palms of his hands with his fingers so intricately vibrating across the drumhead, as he accompanies one instrument after another... [with] zest, fervor and sincerity.”

“Le disque est d'une beauté mystérieuse.”

“I highly recommend this new CD for anyone wanting to expand his or her library of chamber works. The CD offers variety throughout, not only through compositional style, but more clearly through a diverse mixture of timbres and textures.”

Rob Parks - Percussive Notes

“The tabla was virtuosically handled by [Shawn] Mativetsky... It brought the house down.”

Ken Winters - The Globe and Mail

“Percussionist Shawn Mativetsky handled the virtuoso solo part with an aplomb that was nicely matched by the orchestra... it was a persuasive performance.”

Richard Todd - The Ottawa Citizen

“Mativetsky and the William Paterson University Percussion Ensemble play with easy grace and throbbing vitality. The CD should be of strong interest to fans of percussion, and of creative syntheses of Western and world musics that compromise the integrity of neither.”

“Mativetsky really shines on this recording as he navigates his way through the vast repertoire of Indian rhythmic melodic phrases and time cycles. The solo pieces highlight his mastery of the numerous strokes, sounds and melodic facets of the tabla.”

Terry O'Mahoney - Percussive Notes

“Un raga très large qui suscite un état de paix que les deux complices explorent dans toutes ses facettes. Après une intro très aérée sans tabla, ils engageront le dialogue, partageront des patrons rythmiques, improviseront à tour de rôle, augmenteront progressivement le rythme en le ralentissant pour mieux le relancer jusqu'à la fin. Un disque aux mille éclats de douceur.”

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