JOSS JAFFE has been playing tabla since 1995. He was introduced to the percussion of India through listening to the devotional chanting of his parents Arno and Evelyn, and their meditation teacher Baba Muktananda. In 1998 at the age of 17, Joss lived in Nepal for 3 months with Pandit Homnath Upadhyaya of the Benares Gharana. Returning to California, Joss studied under Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri of the Lucknow Gharana at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael. Joss has also studied briefly with Ustad Zakir Hussein. Joss has classically accompanied Maestro Montino Bourbon, Pandit Homnath Upadhyaya, and Jaya Jog in concert. He has twice performed in Swapan Chaudhuri's tabla ensemble and once with Zakir Hussein's tabla ensemble at the Omega Institute in New York. Over the years he has performed numerous classical and non-classical concerts in The United States, Nepal, and India. In addition to tabla Joss is studying sarod, dotar, guitar, bass, percussion, and composition. His teachers include, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Maestro Montino Bourbon, Gregg Johnson, C.K. Ladzekpo, and Steve Coleman.
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