The Elephant Dance Harmonies in Time (2017)

“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).” Yuval Harel Blog


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 the prehistory in music. The relationship between a soloist as an individual and the rest of the tribe. It uses Indian compositions (Kaida) that was 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 languish 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 and 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.

First presented in Mekudeshet Festival 2017 at David’s Tower, Jerusalem

Creators: Trilok Gurtu, Matan Daskal,  Shalev Ne’eman

Composition: Trilok Gurtu, Shalev Ne’eman, Matan Daskal, Benedikt Bindewald, Ohad Fishof.

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