Episode 5 of Ethnomusicology Today, “Global Tabla Industry with Allen Roda,” is now available on iTunes and on the SEM website.
In this episode we talk with Allen Roda, whose article “Ecology of the Global Tabla Industry” was recently published in the journal Ethnomusicology. Roda examines the global tabla industry as a complex ecosystem involving many contributors, including instruments, the artisans who make them, and the musicians who play them. Roda explores the material culture of the tabla and the complex craftsmanship that goes into manufacturing it. Allen Roda is an adjunct lecturer at New York University and works in the Department of Musical Instruments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.