Biography

 

Daniel Paul

  Seattle with Gina Salá      World Parliament of Religions     Ross Kent       Mad Dog Drummers of Mu


Tabla drummer and vocalist Daniel Paul earned his (Tal Vadya Bid) degree in the classical music of India from the Ali Akbar College of Music (California, USA) in 1984. Nine years of constant study under India’s great masters (Ali Akbar Khan, Zakir Hussain, Jnan Prakash Ghosh, Swapan Chaudhuri and Chitresh Das), included teaching and performing on the staff of the college (in The New Maihar Band, College Orchestra and Tabla Ensemble),and for seven years as personal assistant to the legendary Maestro Khan. This included accompanying the Maestro on the tamboura (stringed drone lute) at Carnegie Hall and throughout India in rare appearances with the ultimate quartet, Ali Akbar, Ravi Shankar, Allah Rakha and Zakir Hussain.


A short stay in New York City in 1985-86 included opening the “Year of India” at the Empire State Building with flutist Steve Gorn and as music director/performer for the Asian Repertory Company’s ‘Off Broadway’ production of “Ghashiram Kotwal”. In 1987-88 he received a Senior Fulbright Research Award to explore classical and folk drumming in India. This included a year of playing tabla drums in classical recital halls, festivals, temples and the streets with gypsies, sadhus, sitar players, Quwali singers and and very often in temples beside drummers of

kirtan devotional music.


In 1989, Daniel returned from India to settle into a burgeoning kirtan scene in Hawaii. At this time, long before the current yoga/kirtan phenomenon, he began performing and recording in the early incarnations of Jai Uttalˆs Pagan Love Orchestra and six years of touring and recording with kirtan/cellist Babaji Bob Kindler, bringing kirtan chanting and tabla tarong (14 melody drums) programs to Indian ashrams throughout the United States. In Honolulu their Jai Ma Ensemble opened for an appearance by the Dalai Lama and in Chicago in 1993 they opened the plenary session of the 100th anniversary of the

“World Parliament of Religions”.


Daniel has also performed in Europe and the U.S. with indian flutist G.S. Satchdev, and in acoustic sets with Hawaii’s ambassador of music Henry Kapono, opening for Bob Dylan at the Wakiki Bandshell and recording for Hawaii’s legendary duo Cecilio & Kapono. He has directed his own drum orchestra, The Mad Dog Drummers of Mu and accompanied or recorded for many of today’s leading kirtan, new age  and classical Indian artists including Snatam Kaur, Krishna Das, The Guru Ganesha Band, CC White, Dave Stringer, Krishna Das, Donna DeLory, Jaya Lakshmi, Indian sarodists Ross Kent and K. Sridhar, and bansuri flutists Manose and Steve Gorn.

For over a decade Daniel has been the principle tabla accompanist to Grammy nominee Jai Uttal and in 2012 he began to teach and tour with Seattle’si global vocalist Gina Salá,


Daniel currently divides his time between teaching on the island of Maui, where he has lived for decades, and touring throughout the world with many of today’s most sought after kirtan leaders. His numerous recording appearances include Jai Uttal's “Kirtan! The Art and Practice of Ecstatic Chant” as well as on his earlier Pagan Love Orchestra CD’s; “Footprints”, and “Monkey”. He has also produced and appears on a new 10 hour series of downloadable recordings “Jai Uttal Live -The First Edition”.

And Daniel can also be heard on four of his own releases, “Rhythms of Paradise” and “Between Two Worlds” on the Soundings of the Planet label , and the self-produced "Elephant Prayers - A Kirtan Vocal Ensemble" , and his new release as of November of 2012,

TABLA MANTRA - “Songs of love and rhythmic rapture - “

featuring the exotic vocals of Gina Salá. www.tabladaniel.com

         Berlin with Jai