Hand Drumming and Vocal Suite in 5 Parts

CD by Tigger Benford and the New World Drumming Group

Talamalika CD

Drummers:  Tigger Benford, Glen Fittin, Todd Isler, Martha Partridge

Singers:  Danon O'Sow, Maya Azucena, Elizabeth Haselwoood, Pene McCourty

World music / Indian Music style
Good for use with Modern Dance combinations & compositions

Selections Include

Music & Time

Numerical Base / Timing



Musical Excerpt

    Part 1:  Gratitude of a North American

Based on the number 16

in 4/4


Part 1 - Ending

    Part 2:  Double Chakra

Based on the number 14

in 7/4


 Part 2 - Ending

    Part 3:  Zodiac Inversion

Based on the number 12

in 3/4 and 6/8


 Part 3 - Beginning

    Part 4:  Compassionate Hand

Based on the number 10

in 5/4


 Part 4 - Middle

    Part 5:  Communion

Based on the numbers 8,6,4,3,2 and 1

evolves from 4/4 to 3/4 to 2/4


 Part 5 - Beginning

Excerpt from Booklet:

"Notes about the piece:

"Tala" is the term used in Indian classical music to describe time and rhythm.  "Malika" means chain or garland.  There is a light North Indian classical form known as "ragamalika", or garland of ragas, in which the soloist strings together a sequence of different ragas, instead of adhering to just one for the entire form of the work.  this suite consists of a chain of talas, hence the title "Talamalika".  Besides it has a nice ring.  The syllables used here by the drummer's vocal sections are based on and inspired by the rhythmic solfedge systems of India, known as "bols" in the North, and "solkattu" in the South.  The particular patterns and syllables heard here are composed by Tigger Benford.

The foundation of the piece is the sequence of numerical bases listed with the pieces.  Instrumentation for each piece was developed by the drumming group.  All of the drumming recorded here was played at the same time in the same room.  the vocal material is improvised, and sometimes, harmonies were developed by the singers to enhance melodies composed by Tigger Benford."



Tigger, Partridge, Isler

Todd Isler, Tigger Benford, Martha Partridge

Tigger Benford is a percussionist, composer and improviser specializing in hand drumming and music for modern dance classes.  He is on the faculty at Rutgers University.



  Excerpts of Talamalika are in MP3 format.
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Listening  Play or Download an excerpt of Track 4 - Part 4 - Middle

Listening  Play or Download an excerpt of Track 5 -  Part 5 - Beginning


TALAMALIKA is $17.00 for the Single CD.

CDs by Tigger Benford:   Vessel of Gratitude, Fluctuating Hemlines, Talamalika, Songs From the Second World


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