Ed Hanley is a multi-dimensional artist – tabla player, creator, performer, producer, photographer, cinematographer, recording engineer, and video editor. Described as “a remarkable player, both in his musical thoughtfulness and his technical virtuosity” (Halifax Chronicle Herald), Mr. Hanley’s multimedia work embraces the worlds of music, video, and photography.
Ed Hanley has studied tabla (north Indian classical percussion) for over 27 years with master drummers including Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee and Taalyogi Suresh Talwalkar in Canada, the U.S., and on 12 trips to India. He has also studied Carnatic drumming traditions with Sri Karaikudi Mani in Chennai and Dr. Trichy Sankaran in Chennai and Toronto. He 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. Mr. Hanley has performed Dinuk Wijeratne’s Tabla Concerto with professional orchestras in Ontario, B.C., Manitoba, and Nova Scotia.