Ed Hanley is a multi-dimensional artist – creator, performer, producer, cinematographer, recording engineer, video editor, photographer, blogger, and tabla player.
Described as “a remarkable player, both in his musical thoughtfulness and his technical virtuosity” (Halifax Chronicle Herald), Ed’s multimedia work embraces the worlds of music, video and photography. Although best known as a practitioner of tabla (the classical percussion of North India), Ed’s recent work in the visual world (including over 100 music videos) expresses the same joy, dynamism, love of collaboration, and attention to detail as his years of work as a touring and recording musician.
As a tabla player, Ed has learned from some of the world’s leading artists, during 9 trips to India (Kolkata, Chennai, Pune) as well as in San Francisco and Toronto. He is honoured to have received training from master teachers Swapan Chaudhuri, Trichy Sankaran and Suresh Talwalkar.
From the Stockholm Jazz Festival and the Jaipur Heritage Festival, to Massey Hall in Toronto and Joe’s Pub in NYC, Ed Hanley has been a featured performer at prominent music festivals and concert halls in Europe, India, the USA, and across Canada. As co-artistic director of the Canadian world music ensemble Autorickshaw, Ed has earned two Juno Award nominations, as well as the Grand Prize in the World Music category of the John Lennon Songwriting Competition. His work has also been recognized and supported by the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, FACTOR, DFAIT, and the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute.
Ed has been featured hundreds of times on stage and in the studio with a diverse range of artists – from Loreena McKennitt and the Penderecki String Quartet to Peggy Baker and Trichy Sankaran. His work can be heard on soundtracks for Deepa Mehta (Funny Boy for CBC Radio) and Jonathan Goldsmith (the feature film, Such a Long Journey), as well as in the Art Gallery of Ontario’s exhibition, Maharaja: The Splendour of India’s Royal Courts.
Recent & current projects include curating and co-ordinating the Cycles project (a 31-day collaborative multimedia piece incorporating music, videography, photography, web and installation); performing Dinuk Wijeratne’s Tabla Concerto with professional orchestras in Ontario, BC and Nova Scotia; editing a book of original photographs which document the lives of the people of Bhopal, India; and releasing his second video-enriched solo album, Ten Talas to a Disco Beat.