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E1 Music releases The Melody of Rhythm, an unparalleled collaboration between banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck, composer and double-bass master Edgar Meyer and Zakir Hussain, arguably the world's greatest tabla player, followed by a 19-city tour of North American concert halls in September and October. An understanding of musical tradition has led all three of these musical explorers to this common crossroad. The centerpiece and catalyst for the album is The Melody of Rhythm Concerto, an unprecedented three-movement composition for banjo, double bass and tabla. Recorded live with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Leonard Slatkin, this highly rhythmic work soars, melding Indian classical music with American roots.
An enthusiastic, adoring Royal Festival Hall crowd greeted Zakir Hussain with praise and cheer / NEWS AKMI
NEWS AKMI - Julie Mcmahon .......An enthusiastic, adoring crowd greeted Zakir Hussain as he entered the stage of the Royal Festival Hall. When the 70-year-old tabla virtuoso, who additionally works as a composer, percussionist, music producer and actor, was joined on stage by Sabir Khan, a rising sarangi player and vocalist born in a family of musicians, the crown once again erupted with prasie and ...
NPR shares archival 'Tiny Desk' featuring Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Zakir Hussain / LIVE FOR LIVE MUSIC
NPR Music has dug into its vault for an archival Tiny Desk Concert, featuring Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer, and Zakir Hussain. The in-studio performance was originally published on July 26th, 2010. As the live music shutdown continues, NPR Music has been forced to get creative in order to provide consistent content. The Tiny Desk Concert series has pivoted to the Tiny Desk (Home) Concert series, an...
World Music/CRASHarts presents 'Masters of Percussion' with Zakir Hussain at Berklee's Sanders Theatre / India New England
In a dazzling display of Indian percussion, tabla superstar Zakir Hussain is joined by the finest musicians from India's classical and folk traditions as World Music/CRASHarts presents 'Master of Percussion' on April 21. Performing separately and together, the lineup includes Zakir Hussain on tabla, Niladri Kumar on sitar, The Kerala Drummers, and Eric Harland on drums. Zakir Hussain is appre...
Zakir Hussain and the masters of percussion leap forward in the evolution of Indian fusion music / Santa Cruz Sentinel
Indian tabla master Zakir Hussain is returning to Santa Cruz with another world music project that defies borders. The Masters of Percussion program on Friday at 7:30 pm at the Rio Theatre features Hussain on percussion, Niladri Kumar on sitar, jazz drummer Eric Harland and the western debut of Mattannur Sankarankutty Marar leading the Drummers of Kerala. Sponsored by the Humanities Institute at UC Santa...
Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, and Zakir Hussain set for Peace Center / Greenville Journal
Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, and Zakir Hussain come to Greenville SC's Peace Center on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Fleck has spent over 40 years redefining his chosen instrument, the banjo, into something beyond what pioneers like Uncle Dave Macon or Grandpa Jones could ever have imagined. Sure, players like Earl Scruggs and J.D. Crowe took the instrument beyond the basics of bluegrass in their respectiv...
Zakir Hussain on StudioTulsa
On this edition of StudioTulsa, we are pleased to chat with the world-renowned tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, who has performed or recorded over the years with everyone from George Harrison and Yo-Yo Ma to Van Morrison and Mickey Hart (to name but a few). On this coming Friday night, the 30th, the nonprofit South Asian Performing Arts Foundation will present a special concert at John H. Williams Theatre a...
Zakir Hussain on being his father's son / The Hindu
Tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain spoke at length about the special relationship he shared with his father and guru - Ustad Allarakha Qureshi - at the Jaipur Literature Festival on Thursday. Addressing a large crowd, Mr. Hussain, said that despite days spent in near poverty, his father believed "in a very passionate way that if he followed his path, god would provide for them. If you are mad enough to be...
DNA: Tabla Fix - Zakir Hussain talks about new book
You're continuously on the concert circuit, often unavailable for comment/interviews. How did this book Zakir Hussain – A Life in Music then take form? The credit for this should go to Nasreen Munni Kabir. She has brought out books on Javed Akhtar, Lata Mangeshkar, Waheeda Rehman and many other leading legends. When she approached me, I hesitated about opening up to this extent about my lif...
Zakir Hussain holds audience spellbound in rare fusion of Hindustani and Carnatic styles / daijiworld
Rajangana of Sri Krishna Math here witnessed a rare fusion between instrumental musics of Hindustani and Carnatic styles on Wednesday December 6. Tabla maestro, Zakir Hussain, created an air of illusion and held the audiences spellbound with his magical rendering along with Kumaresh on violin and his wife, Jayanthi Kumaresh, on Veena, matching Hussain in every move. The trio created 'Nada Layamrita...
Crosscurrents takes harmony to new heights at SFJazz / San Francisco Chronicle
You could see it on the face of the great bassist: Dave Holland was clearly having as much fun playing on Saturday night, Oct. 21, at SFJazz as the audience members were having as they listened. Holland beamed like a kid onstage, especially in an extended post-intermission musical "conversation" with Zakir Hussain, the unrivaled tabla master with whom Holland created Crosscurrents a few years ago to expl...
Zakir Hussain's CrossCurrents ensemble set for NJPAC / Grateful Web
A classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order, Zakir Hussain is well-known for his constant explorations of music from around the world. His latest ensemble, CrossCurrents, attempts to portray all directions of inspiration between the idioms of jazz and Indian music. The great bassist Dave Holland, a player with one of the most distinguished careers in jazz, brings his singular vision to the group. The...
Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer as a Ground-Breaking Trio
Bela Fleck wasn't done after his record Throw Down Your Heart, Tales from the Acoustic Planet, Vol. 3: The Africa Sessions. Those groundbreaking explorations led him to yet another collaboration, The Melody of Rhythm: Triple Concerto & Music for Trio, which teams Bela with cellist/bassist Edgar Meyer and the Indian percussionist Zakir Hussain. The trio collaborates here with the Detroit Symphony ...