Shastra Summer Intensive: Composing with Indian Rhythm

August 9-12, 2018 | Wayne, NJ

Hindustani tabla player Shawn Mativetsky and composer Payton MacDonald team up to co-teach an intensive workshop where you will:

• Receive intensive training in the rhythmic fundamentals of North Indian classical music.
• Receive individualized instruction on the best practices for working with Hindustani musicians and incorporating elements of Indian music organically into the music you write.
• Compose and workshop your own concerto for tabla and percussion quartet.
• Record your concerto with Shawn Mativetsky and the legendary New Jersey Percussion Ensemble.

Program Info:

Starting in mid-June, each participant will take 3 online lectures and 2 online private lessons with Shawn Mativetsky and Payton MacDonald. From August 9-12, 2018, participants will attend a 4-day workshop at William Paterson University, in Wayne, NJ. The workshop will include readings, discussion and a recording session with the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble.
Tuition: $675 (covers all class materials and audio recording).
Tuition to audit the workshop: $300.

Please email for more information.

How to Apply:

Applicants are not required to have any previous training in Hindustani music. However, they must have a working knowledge of Western composition, at least at the undergraduate level. Fill out the application form at and upload 1-2 representative scores in PDF format, and recordings, if available, in MP3 format. Two scores and their respective recordings are encouraged.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 15, 2018. Applicants will be notified by April 1.

15 Mar 2018
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