…And the Beat Goes On! – Experience the Percussion Ensemble At Its Best with Zakir Hussain and His Masters of Percussion – Sunday, March 28th @ 7:30 p.m.
Listen to clip from the show.
World music super-star Zakir Hussain is one of the world’s premier tabla virtuosos. He is also highly respected in the music industry at large as a musical collaborator, composer, and producer and has firmly established his influence both in the field of Indian classical and contemporary world music as a whole, a genre which he, himself, greatly developed. What makes this Boston appearance particularly noteworthy is that he will be performing with a whole cast of other highly respected Indian percussionists and other instrumental virtuosos. The line-up includes: Hussain, himself, on tabla and sitar, Sabir Khan on sarangi and lute, Ganesh & Kumaresh on violins, Taufiq Qureshi on percussion, Navin Sharma (player on the right) on dholak and two-headed folk drum, Sridhar Parthasarathy (on the left) on mridangam and barrel drum, as well as the Bengali Drummers. Zakir Hussain and His Masters of Percussion is a show that presents to us a rare opportunity indeed to hear this many great percussionists in a single concert.
As the son of the great tabla virtuoso Ustad (Master) Alla Rakha and a child prodigy, Hussain started touring at age 12 and later moved to the United States where he has been living since 1970. His playing style has been characterized as highly reminiscent of his extensive formal training as an Indian classical musician and a phenomenal ability to perform the most amazing improvisations. As a masterful collaborator he has performed with many of the world’s most prominent musicians, as well as composed and produced with other leading names in the music industry. That’s not to downplay his solo efforts either, as he has excelled on his own as well in all of these areas. Hussain’s greatest achievements on the whole are far to numerous to mention here, but I can give you a general idea as to the extent of his musical genius. His albums have won Grammys, his dance compositions accompanied the world’s top dance companies and his film music heard at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. He was commissioned to compose music for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and a song, which became wildly popular in India, to commemorate the country’s 60th year of independence. He has won numerous top awards from the Indian government and his music has been voted the best in reader’s polls within popular percussion magazines. As an educator, he has served as a guest professor at both Princeton and Stanford universities and currently owns his own record label, Moments Records, which promotes the live performances of India’s prominent classical musicians and collaborative contemporary world music projects. You can read further details of this fabulous career here.
Concert Details :
When: March 28th – Sunday @ 7:30 p.m.
Where: Berklee Performance Center
Tickets: $30.00 – $50.00
Available at Crash/Arts or by calling (617) 876-4275