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Rod Thomas Squance & Abbas Janmohamed

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Rod Thomas Squance is quickly gaining recognition as one of Canada’s most exciting rising musicians. A brilliant soloist, Rod is very active as a solo artist and freelance percussionist in chamber, orchestral, jazz and world music settings. His collaborations with renowned international figures are numerous. He has performed with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project, clarinetist Paquito de Rivera, Japanese shakuhachi player Kojiro Umezaki, Korean percussionist Dong-Won Kim, and North Indian tabla player Sandeep Das. Rod’s playing can be heard on national radio broadcasts across Canada and has performed for television broadcast in Canada, the United States, and throughout Latin America.

Rod performs with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Calgary based Land’s End Chamber Ensemble, and is core member of Project Copernicus, an exciting chamber ensemble based in Miami. He teaches percussion and world music at the University of Calgary, where he is director of the World Music Ensemble.

Abbas Janmohamed is one of Canada’s young and upcoming tabla artists.Emulating his idol, Ustad Zakir Hussain, in the Punjab gharana, or style, of tabla playing, Abbas is one of a handful of Canadian-born tabla players who continues to learn, develop, and refine his abilities in this classical form of Indian percussion.

Abbas has performed as a guest artist with University of Calgary World Music Ensemble, and has collaborated with various non-Hindustani instruments in a variety of musical contexts. In an attempt to promote Indian arts and spread cultural awareness amongst Canadian youth, he teaches tabla locally and has organized tabla workshops in Alberta. He actively performs at music festivals and institutional events in Calgary and Edmonton, and he is rapidly building a reputation and recognition in the performing arts community. Ranging from purely classical and traditional Hindustani music recitals to innovative cultural and artistic fusions, Abbas strives to keep the art of tabla alive and dynamic in the Canadian context through his performances and collaborations.

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