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Harmonies in Time

Harmonies in Time
Live Concert

Harmonies in Time

By Trilok Gurtu, Matan Daskal and Shalev Ne’eman



80 minutes


Number of performers

13 - 24

Original cast: Composition: Trilok Gurtu, Shalev Ne’eman, Matan Daskal, Benedikt Bindewald, Ohad Fishof, Tal Avraham, Noa Ya'akov Percussionist: Trilok Gurtu / Conducting: Matan Daskal / Flute: Rachel Mazor / Oboe: Mariona Godia / Clarinet: Noa Yaakov / Bassoon: Michael Roessler / Saxophones: Oved Pinchover / French horn: Ofer Etzioni / Trumpet: Tal Avraham / Trombone: Maayan Milo / Drum set: Haim Peskoff / Percussion: Shalev Neeman / Electric Guitar: Eden Nir / Electric Bass: Nitai Marcus / Synthesizers: Yonatan Daskal / Computer: Asaf Meidan / Harp: Tal Vaknin / Voice: Daniel Krief, Anna Lann / Violins: Benedikt Bindewald, Yedidya Schwartz / Viola: Nina Loeterman / Double bass: Michael Edwards

The Elephant dance (Harmonies in Time) is a deep collaboration between master Trilok Gurtu and Castle in Time Orchestra, a 24-instrument ensemble.


The piece deals with prehistory in music. The relationship between a soloist as an individual and the rest of the tribe. It uses Indian compositions (Kaida) that were written for the human voice and the Tabla percussion instrument and translates them into western instruments such as violin and electric guitar. It uses complex polyrhythmic from Africa aside to a stormy fugue from classical Europe. It uses a sign language that was developed throughout the rehearsals as a way to communicate without words while performing the piece, and so the orchestra can improvise in real-time with Trilok Gurtu.


Trilok Gurtu (Kashmiri: ترلوک گرٹو, Marathi: त्रिलोक गुर्टू) is an Indian percussionist and composer, whose work has blended the music of his homeland with jazz fusion, world music, and other genres. He has released his own albums and has collaborated with many artists, including Terje Rypdal, Gary Moore, John McLaughlin, Jan Garbarek, Joe Zawinul, Bill Laswell, Maria João & Mário Laginha, and Robert Miles. Trilok Gurtu is universally acknowledged as one of the most innovative and groundbreaking percussionists around; integrating swords, buckets, and other non-conventional elements into his sound. Zakir Hussain said that if Trilok Gurtu played only the Tabla, he would have been the best Tabla player in the world.

Commissioned and premiered at the Mekudeshet Festival 2017 at David’s Tower, Jerusalem

From the Press


Israel Today | Shani Tamari:

“The connection between the musicians and Daskal was so strong, you could imagine him sending them to float above the stage with a hand gesture. It created a unique mesmerizing experience of hypotonic chaos, broken but whole”


“The people of India got a big shock. They must have not seen anything like this before”

Rolling Stones India | Anurag Tagat:

“the experimental and cutting-edge percussion genius is very selective about who he performs with..."


“The Israeli musicians were fabulous"


“Experiments with groove, jazz, textures, avant-garde, classical contemporary, electro-acoustic, minimalism, and live composition sound languages"

Mid Day | Nidhi Lodaya:

“It researches different time forms, prehistory in music"

Yuval Harel Blog:

“A group of talented musicians that is happy to break the box and not toe the line, to carry their musical knowledge by their genius uncontrollable conductor Matan Daskal, the flying conductor (because he flies on the notes, because he literally flies in the air”

The Indian Express | Suanshu Khurana:

“India and Israel can sound like one unit"

The Free Press Journal:

“A modular group of extraordinary instrumentalists"

Monet Control | NIDHI GUPTA:

“'I don’t have to prove a point': Master percussionist Trilok Gurtu on life and music"


“Exciting news for jazz and world music fans”

India Today | Bhanuj Kappal:

“Beyond convention"

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