Artist Bios

Debashis Sinha, percussion

Deb is a Toronto based percussionist who specializes in the drums of the Arab world, Greece, and Turkey. His ability to uncover the rhythmic threads in a wide variety of musical styles have earned him a place in the forefront of Canada’s new generation of traditional musicians, appearing with such acts as autorickshaw, Maryem Tollar, Minor Empire, Leela Gilday, the Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, Trichy Sankaran and others. A founding member of Juno nominated world music ensemble Maza Mezé, Deb has performed with them and other ensembles on stages across Canada, the US and as far away as Cairo

Equally at home in world music and free improvised contexts, Deb’s approach to percussion ranges from the deeply traditional to the cutting edge of modern sensibility. He has studied South Indian rhythmic theory with Trichy Sankaran, Arabic tambourine and doumbeck at the Helwan University Faculty of Music in Cairo, and has traveled to the US to take lessons from tombak master Pejman Hadadi. A fixture on Toronto’s dance scene, Deb has collaborated and performed with Peggy Baker, Dancemakers, Hari Krishnan, and Winnipeg’s Fusion Dance Theatre.

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