Sarah Thawer

402 – Sarah Thawer: Going against the grain

Stand-out Toronto based drummer Sarah Thawer is sailing along now, but it wasn’t always the case. By her own account, growing up in a traditional Indian household there was external pressure to pursue other careers like medicine or engineering. But Sarah stuck to her guns and stayed true to her dreams of becoming a professional musician. She’s since shared the stage with many popular artists including AR Rahman, Del Hartley, D’bi and the 333, Rich Brown, Re.verse, Salim-Sulaiman, Benny Dayal and Funktuation, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, Mitch Frohman, Thompson Egbo-Egbo, Maria Mulata, Grisha Goryachev, Roger and Sam Grandinson, S S Thaman, Steve Koven, Vijay Prakash to name a few.

Sarah has also been featured on various television and radio stations such as CBC News newscast, Jazz FM 91.1, OMNI TV, Rogers Daytime, Vijay TV and various others.

Sarah Thawer talks about:

  • Growing up in a family of musicians
  • The pressures of pursuing  a different career
  • What it’s like to work in a predominately male profession
  • The importance of staying true to yourself
  • The pros/cons of social media
  • Advice for differentiating yourself
  • Why skill is more important than anything else
  • Getting invited to play at the #VF Jams LIVE
  • Why preparation is your best secret weapon
  • Much more

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4 replies
  1. Paul Cronin
    Paul Cronin says:

    Wow, I have watched it five times and it just keeps getting better. Love the feel, the band, and Sarah’s drummering is inspiring.

  2. Scott Sandstrom
    Scott Sandstrom says:

    Fantastic!… Anybody else feel the toms got lost in the mix? Mainly in the body of the work, not the solo area obviously. Such a fun gig to be at I am sure, especially if you feel that way from a video recording!

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