Welcome to the website of tabla artist and percussionist Miles Shrewsbery and the San Diego Tabla Academy!

About Miles:

Miles Shrewsbery is a tabla artist and percussionist based in Southern CA.  A disciple of Sri Abhiman Kaushal and Pandit Nandkumar Bhatlouande of Hyderabad, India, Miles is trained in the Farukhabad Gharana of his teachers and is a respected performer of its rich, aesthetic repertoire through his years of dedicated study and practice. Miles has performed all over the world in prestigious venues such as the Symphony Space (New York City), Smithsonian Museum (Washington D.C.), Tokyo Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo, Japan), Royal Horticultural Hall (London, England), and St. Paul Cathedral (New York City). He has performed with top musicians such as Shujaat Khan, Deepak Ram, Googoosh, Cheap Trick, and Yusef Lateef.  Some notable soundtracks and recordings where Miles’ tabla and percussion can be found are, Sinbad (Dreamworks 2003), The Rundown (Columbia 2003), The Riches (FX 2007), Yusef Lateef and Adam Rudolph – Into the Garden (Meta Records 2003), Dave Stringer – Divas and Devas (Spirit Voyage 2007), and Dave Stringer – Yatra (Silenzio 2011).  In 2004, Miles earned a B.A. in ethnomusicology from UCLA, and in 2009, he earned an M.A. in ethnomusicology from UCR.  In 2012 Miles was awarded the American Institute of Indian Studies’ Senior Performing Arts Fellowship, which supported Miles to further his studies and practice in New Delhi, India for one year.  Currently, Miles is an artist-teacher in residence for the Center For World Music in San Diego, CA.

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  1. Greetings, Miles–I wanted to connect with you to find out if I could take tabla lessons with you. I will be in San Diego, next Sunday, finishing a 3 day conference. (9/26,27.28) and should be done by Sunday mid-afternoon 9/28. I read on your website, that you give lessons on Sundays, and would love to study with you, if/when possible.

    I am wondering 1) what you charge 2) if you might be available then, or when 3) what levels of students you take. There is a need in my spiritual community, here in L.A. for a tabla player.

    I studied decades ago with a guy who now lives in Kansas, and got some rudimentary fundamentals in a weekend course… I know enough to know, how much I don’t know..

    If 9/28 doesn’t work tell me what is possible/ might work. My phone no is 602-568-2728 and I live in L.A. so I could come S.D.

    Many Thanks and I hope it will work out; if not on 9/28, at another date.

    Sat-Kartar Khalsa

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