Ann Arbor Weather:
Wednesday October 18, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

Multicultural Musician

 

continued

Churchville, thirty-five, calls the tabla "the most technically demanding instrument I have ever tried to learn." At the prestigious California Institute of the Arts, he learned to play on a set borrowed from world percussionist John Bergamo; their practice sessions sometimes went far into the evening. Churchville's most influential teacher, though, was the great tabla player Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, now director of CalArts' world music program.

Chaudhuri's lessons went beyond playing the instrument to the rhythmic theory behind the tabla, Indian music, and Indian culture in general. Even so, it took three years of intense study before Churchville felt confident enough to perform in student recitals, and another two years before he performed in front of general audiences.

Churchville and his wife, Jody, also a Michigan native, moved to Ann Arbor six years ago; they have two young children. In addition to working as music director of Go Like the Wind! Montessori school, Churchville leads the classical Indian music group Sumkali. Named for two tabla drumbeats, it plays at festivals, cultural gatherings, and other venues.

At Sumkali's monthly Indian music night at the Crazy Wisdom Tea Room, Churchville, a slim six feet three inches, with dark hair and a beard, sits on the floor with five other musicians. For two hours, they make an ancient and mystical sounding music that feels to a listener like a slow boat ride down the Ganges River--which is, in fact, the subject of one of their songs.

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3 l 4 l 5  ·  next page
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

Jerusalem Market Loses Its Lease
And other marketplace closings, September 2017
Sabine Bickford
Emoji Optional
Chiparu's is now I Love Liquor
Sabine Bickford
Today's Events
The Shur Mural Project
I Spy: August 2017
Sally Bjork
The Iraolas' Labor of Love
They worked for a year to get their downtown store ready.
Sabine Bickford
Subscribe to the Ann Arbor Observer
Trump Anxiety
Social service providers and scientists warily watch the federal budget battle.
James Leonard
Nightspots: Blind Pig
Social Services and Support Groups
Photo: Gallup Park
Arbor Hospice
Senior Living Communties 734-677-0071
spark ann arbor