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When it comes to the Bride’s “superstar” short list, it’s no secret tabla-percussion master Zakir Hussain mounts atop. He has performed to sold-out Bride houses spanning several consecutive years since 1986. Each year he mesmerizes minds and delights hearts accompanying the harmonies of a new prodigy with lightening quick finger tips. After a brief hiatus last season, Zakir returns with bansuri player Rakesh Chaurasia for a 3-hour musical journey through the revered music traditions of North India.
ABOUT ZAKIR HUSSAIN
Zakir Hussain is today appreciated both in the field of percussion and in the music world at large as an international phenomenon and one of the greatest musicians of our time. A classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order, his consistently brilliant and exciting performances have established him as a national treasure in his own country, India, and as one of India’s reigning cultural ambassadors. Along with his legendary father and teacher, Ustad Allarakha, he has elevated the status of his instrument both in India and around the world. His playing is marked by uncanny intuition and masterful improvisational dexterity, founded in formidable knowledge and study.
Widely considered a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement, Zakir’s contribution to world music has been unique, with many historic collaborations, including Shakti, which he founded with John McLaughlin and L. Shankar, Remember Shakti, the Diga Rhythm Band, Making Music, Planet Drum with Mickey Hart, Tabla Beat Science, Sangam with Charles Lloyd and Eric Harland, and recordings and performances with artists as diverse as George Harrison, YoYo Ma, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison, Airto Moreira, Pharoah Sanders, Billy Cobham, Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet, Mark Morris, Rennie Harris, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Kodo drummers, and most recently his Concerto for Four Soloists commisioned by the National Symphony Orchestra. His music and extraordinary contribution to the music world were honored in April, 2009, with four widely-heralded and sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall’s Artist Perspective series.
About Rakesh Chaurasia
A famous name attached to this musician; young Rakesh is the nephew and child prodigy of flute maestro Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia. The most accomplished disciples of his uncle, he shows all the promise to carry the Chaurasia legacy to new heights.