Zakir Hussain and Friends featuring Jayanthi Kumaresh and Kala Ramnath

Tuesday, April 21 · 7:30 P.M.

Woltosz Theatre

Zakir Hussain is 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, he has elevated the status of his instrument both in India and around the world. His consistently brilliant and exciting performances have established him as a national treasure in India and one of his country’s foremost cultural ambassadors. Zakir’s 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, Hussain’s many historic collaborations include Shakti, the fusion band he founded with John McLaughlin and L. Shankar, Remember Shakti, Planet Drum with the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, and recordings and performances with artists as diverse as George Harrison, Yo-Yo Ma, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison and Pharoah Sanders, among many others. 

A child prodigy, Hussain was touring by the age of 12. In 1970, he performed his first U.S. concert at the Fillmore East in New York City with Pandit Ravi Shankar, embarking on an illustrious international career. In 1987, his first solo release, Making Music, was acclaimed as “one of the most inspired East-West fusion albums ever recorded.” In 1992, Planet Drum, an album co-created and produced by Hussain and Mickey Hart, became the first recording to win a Grammy in the Best World Music category.

For his performance at the Gogue Center, Hussain will be joined by Indian classical violinist Kala Ramnath and veena expert Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh for a unique celebration of global music by three masters of the highest order. 

Described as a musician of giant-like qualities, maestro Kala Ramnath with her ‘SingingViolin’ stands among the world’s finest, most inspirational instrumentalists. Kala has performed at highly prestigious music festivals in India and appeared on world stages including the Sydney Opera House, Paris’ Théâtre de la Ville and New York’s Carnegie Hall. 

Blending the traditional and the innovative in her music, Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh is one of the top veena (South Indian Carnatic lute) artists today. She has played esteemed festivals and concerts throughout India and internationally at the San Francisco Jazz Festival, Queensland Music Festival and Théâtre de la Ville, among many others.

If there is such thing as a tabla superstar, Indian virtuoso Zakir Hussain is it.


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