Jim Feist has been featured on many albums and shows as a classical tabla player. He has performed in the critically acclaimed Indian show Shanti in 2004 and again in 2006. In late 2007 he had the privilege of performing for the President of Bangladesh. He composed and performed music for the documentary "Made in India?" and the documentary "Smile". Jim provided music for an informative video for the organization "Saathii" (Solidarity and Action Against the HIV Infection in India). He has also played on the 2006 CD "Sri Venkata Ramaniyamu Vol. 5" for the Sri Venkataramaniyamu Welfare Society where all proceeds benefit the underprivileged in India.
Jim has shared the stage with The Buddy Rich Big Band bassist Dave LaRocca, Greg Osby, Fareed Haque, Yogesh Samsi, Mahendra Kapoor, Buddhadev Das Gupta, Laxmi Shankar, Anupama Bhagwat, Kankana Banerjee, Ashiq Khan Rajasthan, Aradhna, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Mohenjo Daro, and a host of other Indian Classical musicians.
“I have had hundreds of gigs where the soundman/engineer had never even heard of the tabla much less ever mixed them. The tabla drums havemany different timbres, textures, and frequencies all of which are difficult to tame when trying to amplify or record,” Jim explains. “The rig I am using now for live shows as well as in the studio is a matched pair of Oktava MK-012's and 2 PreSonus Eureka's. The Oktava / Eureka rig handle this task without compromising the original sound of the instrument, as if they were made for it.”