[tforum] [Fwd: Videoconference Event (11/29/06) - Tabla : An Introduction to the Classical Drumming of North India]

Joe Breen Joe.Breen@utah.edu
Fri, 17 Nov 2006 13:59:31 -0700

This video conference may be of interest to some constituents.  --Joe

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Subject: Videoconference Event (11/29/06) - Tabla : An Introduction to 
the Classical Drumming of North India
Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2006 15:41:10 -0500
From: Jennifer Oxenford <jmacdoug@isc.upenn.edu>
To: k20advise@internet2.edu, k20users@isc.upenn.edu

FYI - Another very interesting music session from St. Francis University

Saint Francis University and CERMUSA Present Tabla : An Introduction to
the Classical Drumming of North India

Featuring three time Emmy Award Nominee and multi-platinum recording
artist Jim DiSpirito.

Saint Francis University’s Center of Excellence for Remote and
Medically Under-Served Areas (CERMUSA) is proud to present
musician/composer/educator Jim DiSpirito live via Internet2 on November
29 from 3:30pm to 4:30 pm EST.  Through interview, discussion, lecture,
and live demonstration, Mr. DiSpirito will showcase the various aspects
of music from Northern India with a focus on tabla drumming.
Participants will learn about and experience traditional North Indian
classical drumming, concepts and technique. This event will also
include an in-depth interview with Mr. DiSpirito focusing on his
experiences studying music in India and how he applies this knowledge
in his compositions and performances today. Towards the end of the
session, participants will be given the opportunity to interact and ask

Artist Bio
Jim DiSpirito has been pounding on drums since he can remember ... just
ask his parents. He kept a steady course on the drums and studied music
at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Indiana University of PA,
and the University of Pittsburgh. He has both a Masters degree in
ethnomusicology and completed Ph.D. coursework in cultural anthropology
from the University of Pittsburgh. Jim has traveled to many countries,
including three trips to India where he studied North Indian classical
drumming (tabla) as a student of Ustad Zakir Hussain & Nishikant

As the percussionist for the band Rusted Root from 1993-2001, Jim
helped define the great rhythm sound that would propel the band to gold
and platinum sales. In addition to hundreds of live concerts and
numerous television and radio performances, Jim and the band have
recorded a number of major-label releases, including the bands
definitive recording effort “WHEN I WOKE.” Touring extensively
throughout the US, Canada and the UK, Jim has had the opportunity to
share the stage with artists such as Santana, the Dave Mathews Band,
the Allman Bros. Band, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, Jewel, Joan Osborne,
Sheryl Crow and many others.

Jim is a three-time Emmy Award nominee for his music for television,
and has composed music for independent and IMAX films. Jim continues to
compose music for film and television and is an active session
musician, performing regularly on many recording projects.  In addition
to his solo work, Jim also continues to perform in a number of
ensembles, from the singer/songwriter genre to world-music-fusion

This event is geared for both high school and college audiences and
will include an open question and answer period.  In concert with
MAGPI, Saint Francis University is pleased to offer this session free
of charge via the Internet2 commons.  Pre-registration is required NO
LATER than Monday November 27, 2006.

To register, or for more information, please contact Kent Tonkin at

Jennifer Oxenford
Associate Director, MAGPI
phone: 215.898.0341
cell: 267.322.0036
fax: 215.898.9348

215-74MAGPI (215-746-2474)