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About "Trade Winds, Concerto For Tabla And String Orchestra"
With the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, dir. Brian Current
From the album, Cycles, by Shawn Mativetsky, on ombu productions.

Composer Christien Ledroit sought to create a tabla concerto in his work Trade Winds, combining elements from the Indian classical tabla solo form with elements of a Western classical concerto. The title alludes to the winds that allowed East and West to meet, trade and exchange ideas. Inspired by Indian musical aspects such as kaida (a composed theme with improvised variations), tihai (rhythmic cadences), and taal (rhythmic cycles), Ledroit treats these materials in new ways, bridging the musical gap between East and West. In addition to playing tabla, Shawn also plays a setup of SABIAN Resonating Bells and two gongs.