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Zakir Hussain & Masters of Percussion


Wednesday, March 27, 2019 8:00PM

Zakir Hussain & Masters of Percussion

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Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Zakir Hussain, tabla
Ganesh Rajagopalan, violin**
Eric Harland, drums
Mattannur Sankarankutty Marar and Group: The Drummers of Kerala

Part of the Eclectic Orange Series, sponsored by Judith and Howard Jelinek

** March 26: Due to delays in the visa process, Niladri Kumar will not be able to perform for this concert. We are extremely grateful that the distinguished violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan has become available.

Drumming crosses cultures and unites us in the dance of the heart. An international phenomenon, Grammy Award-winning tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain is one of the foremost percussionists of the contemporary world whose brilliant and exciting performances have established him as a national treasure of India. Considered one of the greatest musicians of our time, he along with his legendary father and teacher, Ustad Allarakha, has elevated the status of his instrument, the tabla, both in India and around the world. Widely recognized as a chief architect of the world music movement, Zakir Hussain received a Grammy Award in the Best Contemporary World Music category for Global Drum Project with drummer Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, Latin jazz percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo and Nigerian percussionist Sikiru Adepoju. He has also participated in historic collaborations, including Shakti, Remember Shakti, Diga, Planet Drum, and his ever-changing musical feast, Masters of Percussion.

Masters of Percussion, an outgrowth of Hussain’s memorable duet tours with his father, began their biennial appearances in 1996 to provide a platform for rarely heard rhythm traditions from India. Over time, the ensemble has expanded to include great drummers and percussionists from many world traditions, including jazz, as well as the occasional stringed instrument. 2019 will be the centennial year of Allarakha’s birth, so this will be a very special Masters of Percussion tour.

2019 will see Zakir Hussain joined by the astonishing Niladri Kumar on sitar, the peerless Eric Harland (Charles Lloyd, Sangam) on Western drums, and the Kerala Drummers from the Southwestern coast of India. They will perform together and separately, and it will be awe-inspiring, because they really are Masters (very much including the sitarist!), and Zakir Hussain is a true maestro who can bring out the magic in everyone on the stage and in the audience.