Tabla Beat Science
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Tabla Beat Science emerged from
Bill Laswell's Axiom imprint (released in conjunction with Palm Pictures). World-renowned tabla master Zakir Hussain heads a lineup that also includes Mercury Prize-winning Talvin Singh, vocalist Sultan Khan, Bombay-based percussionist Trilok Gurtu, and freeform drummer Karsh Kale.
The distinctive sound of the tabla was made famous by Zakir's father, Ustad Allarakha, who recorded with Ravi Shankar in the '60s. The instrument has been revived in recent years by modern electronic DJs and producers such as Talvin Singh and Asian Dub Foundation.
"Palmistry" -- taken from the full-length release Tala Matrix -- takes the traditional sound of the tabla and places it in the modern setting of electronic music. Elements of breakbeat, house, and even drum and bass shine through on this forward-thinking release.
Live In San Francisco (Disc 2)
Live In San Francisco (Disc 1)