2. Purvi Tillana
5. Night in Tunisia
8. Tisra Tani
9. Chennai Five-O
10. Across the Sands (Caravan Intro)
is a world music ensemble that embodies the essence of new forms
of expression that are emerging on the Canadian music landscape.
Their integration of South Asian tradition with jazz and other popular
music forms represents an innovative and refreshing new standard.
The ensemble's repertoire includes funky, contemporary arrangements
of south Indian classical compositions; Bollywood tinged jazz standards,
and fiery Indo-jazz originals. Produced by artistic directors Suba
Sankaran and Ed Hanley, 'Four Higher' is a perfect collision of
for a JUNO Award for World Music Album of the Year in 2005 for their
album Four Higher, and winner of the 2005 Canadian Independent Music
Award for World Music Artist of the Year, the band has been making
waves across Canada and the world. Autorickshaw thrives on the diverse
musical backgrounds of its members-vocalist and pianist Suba Sankaran,
tabla player Ed Hanley, bassist Rich Brown, and percussionist Debashis
based vocalist, pianist and percussionist Suba Sankaran's varied
musical career began at an early age studying South Indian vocal
music and percussion with her father, master drummer Trichy Sankaran.
She graduated from York University in 1997, where she studied jazz
with Carol Welsman, Lisa Martinelli, Bob Mover, Don Thompson, Barry
Elmes and Al Henderson, and completed her Master of Arts degree
has studied South Indian classical vocal music with Sankari Krishnan,
T. Vishwanathan, K. Subramaniam and N. Ramani, percussion with Glen
Velez, Sal Ferreras and Russell Hartenberger and piano with Casey
Sokol and Francine Kay.
regularly performs with world music ensemble Trichy's Trio, Renaissance
vocal music with Voyces Past, jazz with the FreePlay Duo, and sings
a cappella 80's hits with Retrocity.
has appeared on numerous recordings, and is sought after as a freelance
vocalist for jazz, R'n'B, gospel, western classical, south Asian,
and world music projects. She has directed contemporary jazz choirs
at York University, the Royal Conservatory of Music and Earl Haig
Secondary School. As well as conducting workshops, she is in demand
as a private teacher and as an arranger for various choirs in Canada.
Hanley has studied tabla with Ritesh Das, Swapan Chaudhuri and Anindo
Chatterjee, nattuvangam with Hari Krishnan, kanjira and solkattu
with Trichy Sankaran, and Carnatic rhythm theory and mrdangam repertoire
with Karaikudi Mani over his 14-year career.
has performed in a variety of world, jazz and classical settings
with artists including Parmela Attariwala, The Tea Party, James
Campbell, George Koller, Persian ensemble Mehrvarzan, Rick Lazar,
Alan Hetherington, Maryem Tollar, Ray Montford, Donald Quan, Ramesh
Misra, Gary Craig, The Toronto Tabla Ensemble, The Penderecki Quartet
and Jane Bunnett and the Spirits of Havana.
work can be heard on recordings including those by the Toronto Tabla
Ensemble, Rheas Obsession, Ray Montford, and The Skanksters, as
well as on the soundtracks for the films Such A Long Journey and
Garden of Stone. Ed's association with dance is extensive: He has
composed music for Canboulay Dance Theatre, Ballet Jorgen, Arte
Flamenco, Jenn Goodwin, Hari Krishnan, Roberto Campanella, Mitch
Kirsch, Nova Bhattacharya, Natasha Bakht and the fFIDA's Composer's
Choice series as well as the original score for the dancefilm Freestyle.
Sinha is a Toronto based percussionist who specializes in the drums
of the Arab world, Greece, and Turkey. His ability to uncover the
rhythmic threads in a wide variety of musical styles has earned
him a place in the forefront of Canada's new generation of traditional
musicians. His explorations and studies in technique and rhythm
have enabled him to forge a distinct percussive style that makes
him in demand with ensembles playing everything from Arabic to Jazz
to Yiddish new music, appearing with a veritable "who's who"
of Canadian world music experimenters. A founding member of noted
world music ensemble Maza Mezé, Debashis has performed with
them and other ensembles on stages across Canada, the US and even
as far afield as Cairo.
has studied south Indian rhythmic theory with Trichy Sankaran, Arabic
tambourine and doum-beck at the Helwan University Faculty of Music
in Cairo, and has traveled to the US to take lessons from tombak
master Pejman Hadadi and frame drum maestro Glen Velez.
Brown Electric bassist Rich Brown started his professional career
in his home of Toronto back in 1992. Since then, Brown has become
well known for his lyricism and strong melodic sensibility on the
electric bass. He is a past member of the band Dapp Theory, and
has performed and recorded with some of the most talented musicians
in Canada and around the world including JUNO Award winning artists
such as Metalwood, Glenn Lewis, Carol Welsman, Molly Johnson, and
Bruce Cockburn. Brown has also performed with international artists
such as Trinidad's Clive Zanda, Gambian kora master Yan Koba Saho,
steel pannist Andy Narrell, former Ani DiFranco drummer Andy Stochansky
and Steve Coleman & Five Elements. He was a feature artist in
residence at the AKKU school of performance in Steyr, Austria and
a featured clinician at the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz.
Brown has appeared on over 40 recordings ranging from Jazz to RnB
to traditional South Asian, far East Asian, and Arabic music. He
is currently at work on a new solo project called rinsethealgorithm
and can also be seen in a feature interview with the online magazine