Daniel Paul - tabla drummer

Email: tabladaniel@yahoo.com

Web: tabladaniel.com


New CD

Ragas of the Four Seasons

Musical Moods of India

Go to CD page

Daniel Paul

Up-coming Programs

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Daniel Paul's

2016 Programs


with Gina Salá

May 6 to 8th

Bahamas  Shivananda Ashram  


May  13 -15  

Omega Institute

Spring Ecstatic Chant Fest

with Steve Gorn

and also playing with

Russill Paul

and Sheela Bringi

for info:



WIth Jai Uttal

May 21

Afternoon workshop

Berkeley, Ca


June 3





WIth sitarist

Will Marsh

California Recitals

May 27 to June 1st

see info below


WIth Jai Uttal

August 9 to 14th

14th annual

Summer Kirtan Camp

Fairfax, CA



With Gina Salá & Steve Gorn

Udaya Music & Yoga Fest

August 18 to 21

Sophia, Bulgaria



WIth Jai Uttal

Sept 2 to 5

Omega Spring Chant Fest

Rhinebeck, NY



With Gina & Jai  & ?

Sept 8 - 11


Joshua Tree, CA



     For more info on specific dates see:





Join sitarist Will Marsh and tabla drummer Daniel Paul 

for a series of intimate recitals of North Indian classical music

celebrating the release of their new CD, "Ragas of the Four Seasons". 


Friday May 27 at Jyoti Mandir at 7:30pm 

$20 suggested donation. For ticket reservations and directions see:


Santa Monica

Sat, May 28 at the Bhakti Yoga Shala, 8:30pm

Third St. Promenade, 207 Arizona Ave, $20 suggested donation



Monday, May 30 at Wilwand Tea Co.& Healing Arts at 7pm

9900 El Camino Real, $20 at the door


Santa Cruz

Tuesday, May 31 in at Urban Sanctuary  at 7pm 

881 41st Ave.,  $16 advance at Eventbrite.com / $20 at the door

Info: www.urbansanctuarysc.com or email: santacruzbhakti@outlook.com

North Berkeley

with special guest Ross Kent on sarod

Wed. June 1st in at Chez Capistrano at 7pm

1850 Capistrano Ave (corner of Laurel Lane) $20 suggested donation

This is a private residence. For info call: 510-882-2689

To see a live concert video excerpt go to:



The Music

North Indian classical (Hindustani) music is based on raga and tala, a highly sophisticated system of melody and rhythm whose origins can be traced to the saints and sages of India’s pre-recorded history. For centuries a vast body of musical literature has been taught from father to son, in the temples and royal courts and straight into the modern world, yet another gift from ancient India. Known as Nada Yoga, it is the yoga of sound, a meditation on pure music as a path to God. The musician literally colors and heals the mind and emotions with melodies precisely prescribed by each raga. There are primary and weak notes, heart phrases, ascending and descending patterns, exact times to be played, specific moods and more. Taken altogether and utilizing a vast body of memorized composition in specific rhythms, one begins a process of re-composing and improvising allowing each raga’s beauty to be unraveled in a devotional meditation, skillfully combining pieces of a rather large puzzle into an expression of musical perfection! 

Will Marsh

Will Marsh has been a dedicated student of the sitar since 2006. He was initiated into the rich classical tradition of North Indian music by Ustad Aashish Khan (eldest son of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan) while a student at the California Institute of the Arts. His commitment to this art form has made Will a member of a new generation of serious Indian musicians from the United States. He has also had the privilege of studying with sitar master Roshan Jamal Bhartiya, from Mumbai India. Will completed his MFA in North Indian music from Cal Arts in 2013.


Daniel Paul

Fulbright India Scholar Daniel Paul earned his 9 year (Tal Vadya Bid) degree in the classical music of India from the Ali Akbar College of Music (aacm.org) under the guidance of the late Maestro Ali Akbar Khan. While there he also studied tabla drumming under several of India’s great classical masters (Zakir Hussain, Swapan Chaudhuri and Jnan Prakash Ghosh). Throughout his long career he has performed with a diverse group of musicians from bansuri flute master G.S. Sachdev to Hawaii’s Henry Kapono and with many of today’s top kirtan chanting artists such as Snatam Kaur, Seattle’s Gina Salá and Grammy nominee Jai Uttal. 


The Instruments

The sitar is perhaps the most well known of the Indian instruments.  Artists such as Ravi Shankar have popularized this instrument around the world.  Sitar is a long necked instrument with an interesting construction.  It has a varying number of strings but 17 is usual.  It has three to four playing strings and three to four drone strings.  The approach to tuning is somewhat similar to other Indian stringed instruments.  These strings are plucked with a wire finger plectrum called mizrab.  There are also a series of sympathetic strings lying under the frets.  These strings are almost never played but they vibrate whenever the corresponding note is sounded.  The frets are metal rods which have been bent into crescents.  The main resonator is usually made of a gourd and there is sometimes an additional resonator attached to the neck.Tabla is a pair of drums.  It consists of of a small right hand drum called dayan and a larger metal one called bayan.

A set of tabla drums have an interesting construction.  The dayan (right hand drum) is almost always made of wood.  The diameter at the membrane may run from just under five inches to over six inches.  The bayan (left hand drum) may be made of iron, aluminium, copper, steel, or clay; yet brass with a nickel or chrome plate is the most common material.  Undoubtedly the most striking characteristic of the tabla is the large black spot on each of the playing surfaces.  These black spots are a mixture of gum, soot, and iron filings.  Their function is to create the bell-like timbre that is characteristic of the instrument.Although the origin of tabla is somewhat obscure, it is generally belived that it evolved from the barrel shaped drum called pakhawaj about three hundred years ago.