Whether she’s performing within the Indian classical music tradition or with the latest electronics, Suphala—tabla player, percussionist, composer, and producer—breaks new ground. Her deep knowledge of a wide spectrum of music, her mentoring by maestros Ustad Allarakha and Ustad Zakir Hussain, and the classical piano studies she began at age four all inform her unique compositions, highly improvisational performances, and contemporary approach—a dazzling combination that has led to her being celebrated by the New York Times, Vogue, Rolling Stone, CNN, and NPR, and making history as the first musician to play in public in Kabul, Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban.
In addition to showcasing her composition, production, and engineering skills, Suphala’s four albums reveal the breadth and depth of her influences, as well as her world-class artistic alliances: Instru Mental [Suphala Productions] features Vernon Reid and Fafu; Norah Jones and Vikter Duplaix bring their talents to The Now [Rasa/Tommy Boy]; King Britt, Harper Simon, and Rakesh Chaurasia appear on Blueprint [Suphala Productions]; and Alien Ancestry [Tzadik] features José James, Vijay Iyer, and Bill Laswell.
An intuitive performer uninhibited by genre, New York-based Suphala leads her own bands and regularly collaborates onstage and in the studio with artists such as Timbaland, Sean Lennon, Yoko Ono, and Perry Ferrell. Most recently, she has performed and recorded with Brass Against and Prince/3rdeyegirl guitarist Donna Grantis.
One of the most sought-after and versatile artists today, Suphala will unleash a wave of new music in 2019.