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Toronto Tabla Ensemble: New Album 2017
$5,862 raised
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Join us in recording and producing the sixth Toronto Tabla Ensemble album. Ritesh Das and members of the Ensemble aim to spread the music and culture of India by releasing this original work in Summer 2017. More

The Toronto Tabla Ensemble World Music Organization (TTE) is a non-profit charitable organization founded by Artistic Director and tabla master, Ritesh Das. The TTE’s mission is to share the depth and excitement of Indian classical music, culture and history with all people.

Since 1996 the TTE has produced three music videos and six albums, including the Juno-nominated Firedance. The Ensemble’s original music has been used in numerous films and commercials, and in 2003 the Ensemble was commissioned to create the current theme music for CBC Radio’s daily morning show, Metro Morning.

It's been almost ten years since the last Toronto Tabla Ensemble album (Alankar) was released. And now the first demo called 'Bhumika' (meaning earth and grounding) has been recorded which will lay the foundation for the complete album (also called 'Bhumika'). This new work is deeply rooted in tabla compositions, and also incorporates South Indian instruments such as mridangam and ghatam. 

Composer and Artistic Director Ritesh Das has started reaching out to musicians all over the world including; sitar, sarod, piano, kit drum and viola. 

All of the artists and the recording engineer have donated their time and resources to record the first demo. In order to complete the album for summer of 2017 we are crowdfunding to pay for costs such as: studio and equipment, recording engineer, mixing, mastering, cd artwork and artists fees. 

You can be part of the production for this new album by donating as little as just $5! We have added a list of suggested donations and 'perks'. You are however free to donate any amount you like, all contributers will receive a personal 'Thank You' on our website for any donation $5 and up.

Over the next few months we will keep you posted with updates on the single release, behind the scenes photos and videos, CD artwork process etc. 

We are asking all of our fans and supporters to get involved right from the beginning so we can all be part of the production of this beautiful new album.

No matter where you are in world, please donate and share this page with your friends and family. The sooner we reach our goal, the sooner we are able to get to the studio and start recording!

Thank you from all of us at the Toronto Tabla Ensemble. We are looking forward to working on this album and having you right there with us once we are ready to release this into the world!

PS: If you are wondering why our suggested donations are all ending in an odd number, this is a custom we use when paying artists. We're sure there are many different meanings and backgrounds on why this is done, but a few explanations below:

It signifies 'I expect to see you soon' and 'continuity of relation' as '0' signifies the end.
If I give you 501, the actual amount I have given is just 500, the extra 1 is what you will owe me, so you will have to meet me someday to repay and make it even (and add an extra 1 so that now I will owe you and HAVE to meet you to repay). It is like a seal on 'see you later'.

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Perks

$5
"Bhumika" Single Digital Download
  • 2 ordered
Estimated delivery Feb 2017
Be one of the first to receive the very first single release for the new album!
Your name will also be mentioned on our Website on our CD Production page.
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$25
Digital Album Download
  • 13 ordered
Estimated delivery Jul 2017
Be the first to receive the full digital album download, and a big thank you on our website.
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$51 + shipping
CD Signed by Ritesh Das
  • 10 ordered
  • 40 remaining
Ships Worldwide
Estimated delivery Jul 2017
You'll be one of the first to receive a hardcopy CD and signed by Artistic Director Ritesh Das!
You'll also get the digital Bhumika Single download as soon as it's complete and a Thank You on our website!
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$75 + shipping
Merchandise Kit
  • 1 ordered
  • 14 remaining
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Estimated delivery Feb 2017
1 x TTE T-Shirt
1 x TTE cap
1 x Debut Toronto Tabla Ensemble Album (1996)
1 x Digital Single Download of "Bhumika"
Thank You on Toronto Tabla Ensemble Website.
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$101
VIP Behind the scenes
  • 4 claimed
  • 5 remaining
Estimated delivery Jun 2017
Watch a Rehearsal or Studio Recording Session (online or in person)
2 x Front row tickets for the CD Release concert in Toronto
1 x Digital Album download
Thank You on Toronto Tabla Ensemble website
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$501 + shipping
Your name in CD liner notes
  • 1 claimed
  • 8 remaining
Ships Worldwide
Estimated delivery Jul 2017
Your name mentioned in the CD liner notes
2 x VIP CD Release Concert Tickets
1 x Signed CD
Thank You on Toronto Tabla Ensemble Website
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$1,501
Personal track recorded just for YOU!
  • 1 claimed
  • 1 remaining
Estimated delivery Jun 2017
Let Ritesh Das and members of the Toronto Tabla Ensemble compose and record an original and personal percussion track just for you!
You'll also receive the full digital album download and a Thank You on our website.
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$2,501
Personal House Concert (GTA only)
  • 0 claimed
  • 2 remaining
Estimated delivery Feb 2017
A chance of a lifetime! The Toronto Tabla Ensemble will come to your house to perform! Invite friends and family, sit back and enjoy the sounds of tabla played together in and Ensemble. Greater Toronto Area only.
You'll also received a signed copy of the CD and a big thank you on our website.
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$751
Your own Pro Recording Session at Kuhl Muzik
  • 2 claimed
  • 0 remaining
Estimated delivery Feb 2018
Always wanted to record you own songs? This is your chance!
As part of this fundraising, Kuhl Muzik is offering a full day of recording in their state of the art 5.1 studio. A chance to work with one of the best engineers in Toronto walk away with your own professional recording!
You'll also receive the signed CD as well as a Thank You on our website.
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