Ty Burhoe

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Ty Burhoe
Ty Burhoe Tabla 2010 June 04.jpg
Background information
Born (1964-02-28) February 28, 1964 (age 53)
Massachusetts, US
Genres Indian classical music, folk, bluegrass, fusion, jazz, flamenco
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, producer
Instruments Tabla, drums, acoustic guitar, sarangi
Years active 1992–present
Labels Tala Records
Associated acts Zakir Hussain, Kala Ramnath, Art Lande, Béla Fleck, Bill Douglas, Krishna Das, Kai Eckhardt, Steve Oda
Website www.tyburhoe.com

Ty Burhoe (born February 28, 1964 in Massachusetts) is an American tabla player, record company owner and live concert producer.

Ty Burhoe has been a disciple of the great tabla maestro, Ustad Zakir Hussain, since 1990. From that time forward, Ty has been dedicated to music, not just as a career but as a life path. Ty is renowned for his inspired accompaniment and uplifting presence in both the Classical Indian and in fusion settings. He is internationally recognized as being an innovative influence in creating unique collaborations that weave tabla with many other world traditions.[1]

In 2004 Ty opened his Indie label Tala Records[2] which features many of his unique collaborations.

Ty performs and records with a broad range of artists including Ustad Zakir Hussain, Art Lande, Krishna Das, Kala Ramnath, Curandero (Miguel Espinoza), Ustad Sultan Khan, Béla Fleck, Walter Becker (Steely Dan), Steve Gorn, Mamadou Diabaté, Rick Allen (Def Leppard), Howard Levy, Kitaro, Bill Douglas, Jon Anderson (Yes), Roshan Jamal Bhartiya (sitar), Steve Oda (sarode), Shubhendra Rao (sitar), and many others.[3]

He has been featured on soundtracks for film and DVD, including the Academy Award winning documentary Born into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids (2004).[4]

Since 1995, Ty has served as Zakir Hussain's tour assistant as well as the designer for his custom drums and drum racks which Zakir uses for his tours with Shakti, Masters of Percussion, Mickey Hart & Planet Drum, Charles Lloyd Trio and Lines Ballet collaborations.

Ty teaches tabla retreats[5] twice a year in Colorado as well as "Musical Universe" workshops[6] throughout the world. He currently resides in Boulder, Colorado USA.


  • 2010: Illumination – Ty Burhoe, Steve Gorn & Manose – Tala Records[7]
  • 2009: Curandero Aras – Miguel Espinoza, Ty Burhoe, Bela Fleck, Kai Eckhardt – Tala Records[8]
  • 2008: Heart Full of Soul – Krishna Das – Nutone Music[9]
  • 2008: Sanctuary – Donna De Lory – Nutone Music[10]
  • 2007: Invocation – Ty Burhoe, Krishna Das, Manorama, John Friend & Amy Ippoliti – Tala Records[11]
  • 2006: Kirtana – Robert Gass – Spring Hill Music[12]
  • 2005: Sky – Bill Douglas, Kai Eckhardt, Steve Smith & Ty Burhoe – Tala Records[13]
  • 2005: All One – Krishna Das – Triloka Records/Artemis Records[14]
  • 2004: A Drop of the Ocean – Sulthan Khan, Krishna Das (w/ Ty Burhoe, David Nichterm & John McDowell) – Karuna Records/Triloka Records[15]
  • 2004: Greatest Hits of the Kali Yuga (CD/DVD set) – Krishna Das – Karuna Music/Triloka Records[16]
  • 2004: Born into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids – Movie Soundtrack.[17]
  • 2004: Speaking the Mamma Tongue – John McDowell – Raven Recording[18]
  • 2003: Flying Dragon – Gao Hong, Shubhendra Rao, Ty Burhoe, James Newton & Yoshio Kurahashi – Innova[19]
  • 2002: Shores of Avalon – Tina Malia – Om Town[20]
  • 2001: Breath of the Heart – Krishna Das – Karuna Music[21]


  1. ^ "Ty Burhoe's Biography". TyBurhoe.com. Retrieved November 17, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Tala Records". 
  3. ^ Ty Burhoe, Sky, CD liner notes, Tala Records, 2005
  4. ^ Born into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ "Tabla Retreats". TyBurhoe.com. 
  6. ^ "Sound Retreats". TyBurhoe.com. 
  7. ^ "Illumination". iTunes. 
  8. ^ "Curandero Aras". iTunes. 
  9. ^ "Heart Full of Soul". Nutone Music. 
  10. ^ "Sanctuary". Nutone Music. 
  11. ^ "Invocation". iTunes. 
  12. ^ "Kirtana". Spring Hill Media. 
  13. ^ "Sky". iTunes. 
  14. ^ "All One". Krishna Das Music. 
  15. ^ "A Drop of the Ocean". iTunes. 
  16. ^ "Greatest Hits of the Kali Yuga (CD/DVD set)". Krishna Das Music. 
  17. ^ Born into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids at the Internet Movie Database
  18. ^ "Speaking the Mamma Tongue". John McDowell. 
  19. ^ "Flying Dragon". iTunes. 
  20. ^ "Shores of Avalon". Amida Records. 
  21. ^ "Breath of the Heart". Krishna Das Music. 

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