Saturday, July 17: INDIA 5:00 p.m. – Music
Suphala is one of today’s most versatile young tabla artists. Raised in the U.S. by Indian parents, she began learning Western classical music on the piano at age four, performing at age five, and as a teenager took up one of the world’s most complex percussion instruments: the tabla.
Suphala is a protégé of tabla masters Ustad Allarakha and Ustad Zakir Hussain, and her fluency in diverse musical traditions -- Western classical, Indian classical, jazz, folk, soul -- informs her compositions and performances.
In 2005 she traveled to Afghanistan as the first musician to play in public since the fall of the Taliban. According to the New York Times, "Kabul's badly depleted music scene received a welcome injection of excitement last week. [Suphala’s] arrival… caused a sensation in the war-torn country.
Suphala has recorded or performed with Norah Jones, Perry Farrell, Edie Brickell, Vernon Reid, Timbaland, Sean Lennon, Yoko Ono, Vijay Iyer, and Joan Osbourne, and Michael Bland among others. Artistic alliances are an integral part of her innovative approach to making music.