Zakir Hussain & The Masters Of Percussion to Play the Harris Center, 3/22
Indian music is one of the jewels of the world's cultural heritage, and there is nothing like a Masters of Percussion tour to bring that point home. Zakir Hussain & The Masters of Percussion bring their special talents to Harris Center for the Arts for one performance only. The San Jose Mercury exclaims, "It is hard to imagine a better champion for Indian classical music in the West than Zakir Hussain; a phenomenal player with unimpeachable music credentials!"
Mr. Hussain is today appreciated both in the field of percussion and the music world at large as both an international phenomenon and one of the greatest musicians of our time. This preeminent classical tabla virtuoso delivers brilliant performances that have established him as a national treasure in his native India and one of the worlds most esteemed and influential musicians.
Zakir Hussain & Masters of Percussion will perform on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 8 pm. Tickets are priced at $25-$39; Premium $49: Students with ID $12. Tickets are available online at www.harriscenter.net or from Harris Center Ticket Office at 916-608-6888 from 10 am to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Harris Center is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, CA, facing East Bidwell Street.
Mr. Hussain is renowned for his genre-defying collaborations with people like John McLaughlin (Shakti), Mickey Hart (Planet Drum), and Charles Lloyd (Sangam) and artists as diverse as George Harrison, YoYo Ma, Van Morrison, and Mark Morris. A child prodigy, he received the distinct honor of co-composing the opening music for the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, 1996.
One of his regular collaborations is Masters of Percussion, an outgrowth of his early tours with his father, the legendary Ustad Allarakha. Since 1996, he has taken the cream of India's percussionists (along with one or two melody players) around the U.S. and world. Joining Mr. Hussain will be Selvaganesh Vinayakram (Kanjira and Ghatam), Steve Smith (Western Drums), Niladri Kumar (Sitar), Dilshad Khan, (Sarangi), Deepak Bhatt (Dhol), Vijay Chavan (Dholki). It should be noted that Steve Smith is the first non-Indian drummer to be invited to join the Masters - quite a distinction!
A child prodigy, Zakir was touring by the age of twelve. He came to the United States in 1970, performing his first concert at the Fillmore East in New York City with Pandit Ravi Shankar, embarking on an illustrious international career where he is widely considered a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement.