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Sequim percussionist plays the Beat of a different drummer

The sounds of India will fill world-music listener's ears for at least one night this summer in Port Angeles.

Bansuri flute player and composer Deepak Ram will perform on Saturday, July 25, at Peninsula College.

Ram has performed around the globe for 35 years, made six solo albums, recorded on more than 25 studio albums and composed bansuri flute music for films "The Fast and the Furious" and "Matrix Revolutions."

Born in South Africa, he won "Best Instrumental Album" at the 2000 South African Music Awards for his "Searching for Satyam" and has been nominated for similar awards before.

Currently he is on his 2009 Puget Sound Tour, where he also will visit Seattle (July 24) and Port Townsend (July 26).

Sequim tabla percussionist Joseph "Ravi" Albright will accompany Ram on the tour, which he organized under his group, Seattle Tabla 206 Productions.

Albright lived in the Sequim and Port Angeles area from ages 5 to 15 with his mother, Ellen Adams; father, Matthew Albright, and four siblings.

His father introduced him to Indian music in the home. It caught his interest, so Albright left for India to learn more. There, he was sponsored to live and study, learning the tabla, a north Indian classical percussion instrument.



Seven trips to India

Because of immigration requirements, Albright has visited India seven different times over past 10 years for two- to six-month periods.

In 2006, Albright became a musical disciple of Pandit Anindo Chatterjee in Kolkata.

"He's the Mozart of Indian percussion," Albright said.

Albright said his lessons with Chatterjee are at a level now that he can perform concerts and instruct students, even though he is not in India receiving lessons.

"When I went there last, he gave me more than enough to work on for a year," he said.

"He gave me his blessing."

To refine his skills and match his passion for tabla, Albright said he has played two to four hours daily for the past 10 years.

Currently, he instructs students in the Sequim/Port Angeles area.

Albright and his wife, Priya Diaz, moved to Sequim in January from California with plans to relocate to Seattle. He wants to further his tabla-teaching career there but still keep his students on the peninsula.

"To teach Indian music, you need to be near an Indian community," Albright said.

"I will make trips here, though, to teach."

His peninsula students focus on Indian folk and classical music.

India has six different schools of tabla, Albright said.

His style is named Farukabad, with variations named after different regions.



'Ridiculous movie' or cultural event?

As a full-time musician, Albright will continue teaching and he will have played 13 concerts by the end of the summer.

He believes the Port Angeles concert is a unique experience that music lovers shouldn't pass up.

"Even if this music isn't their thing, they'd appreciate it on some level," he said.

"It shouldn't be a tough decision: Go to some ridiculous movie or a cultural event?"

His Web site, www.ravialbrighttabla.synthasite.com, has concert tickets, tour and biographical information and videos of his performances.

For questions about booking or personal instruction, Albright can be reached online at tabladass@yahoo.com or by phone at 831-345-9778.

Reach Matthew Nash at mnash@sequimgazette.com.



Live music from India



Who: Deepak Ram, accompanied by Ravi Albright

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, July 25

Where: Peninsula College Little Theater, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles

How much: $10 advance tickets and discount for seniors and students with ID, $12 at the door or online at

www.pc.ctc.edu front link or www.ravialbrighttabla.synthasite.com.

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