Kalyan Pathak

Tabla, RnB Percussion, World Percussion and Drumset

Kalyan Pathak is one of the busiest virtuoso tabla and multi-ethnic percussionists in USA with global professional achievements. Born in Ahmedabad, India, rigorous training in Classical North Indian Tabla with Ustad Kader Khan and Reheman Khan from his age 7, in his late teen years Kalyan went to Mumbai where as an apprentice to India’s premier drumset player, Ranjit Barot, Kalyan studied Western music; becoming a very successful musician working on a national music scene in India. Arriving in the US in 1991, on a full music scholarship, Kalyan graduated with Honors, B. Music, Jazz Performance, from Roosevelt University, 1996. In Chicago, Kalyan immersed himself in studying world percussion from various percussion masters from Cuba, Brazil and Middle East.  

Kalyan has performed, collaborated and toured with many international artists from jazz, classical and jam-band music scenes, such as, Aretha Franklin, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Jazz Organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, as a soloist with Elgin Symphony Orchestra and San Francisco Ballet, tour of Israel with Alberto Mizrahi and Peter Yarrow with the musical director Howard Levy, collaborative group member with Fareed Haque Group, Corky Seigel’s Chamber Blues, and many others. Musical tours of Europe, Brazil, North America, Mexico, Israel, India. 

Kalyan has been consultant for developing World Percussion programs for International Music Foundation, Music Alive, Ravinia, Merit School of Music, Chicago Symphony and Fulcrum Point New Music Project.  First Chair/First Call percussionist for Chicago phenome band “Tributosaurus”, Kalyan has transcribed percussion parts for over 1000 classic songs and performed a large variety of percussion instruments from RnB Latin Percussion to Electronics to Special effects and World Percussion.  

At Wire, Kalyan offers private lessons in RnB Percussion, Latin Percussion, Indian and Middle Eastern Rhythms, Tabla, and World Rhythms on Drumset. In a group class, Kalyan teaches a course focusing on World Rhythms, Odd Time Signatures, Poly rhythms and Ensemble rhythms from various cultures.