Zakir Hussain Rhythm Summit: Sold out!
Zakir Hussain Rhythm Summit
The scion of a legendary Hindustani percussion dynasty, Zakir Hussain is universally acknowledged as the world’s greatest tabla virtuoso, a master of classical North Indian music who has collaborated with a glittering roster of international stars. Bay Area audiences have been fortunate to experience Hussain’s groundbreaking creative journey up close since he settled in the region to teach at San Anselmo’s Ali Akbar Khan College of Music in 1970. As a bandleader, a dogged promoter of Hindustani and South Indian Carnatic traditions, a Bollywood and Hollywood film composer, and a pioneer of world music and Indo-jazz fusion, he’s blazed a mind-boggling array of musical trails. His SFJAZZ Center residency showcases a cross section of his creative pursuits, building on longstanding relationships and introducing several new ones.
Rhythm is a genre-bending percussion showcase featuring Giovanni Hidalgo, Eric Harland, and Steve Smith, drum giants with whom he shares deep ties. Hussain and Hidalgo, the revered Puerto Rican conguero, started collaborating two decades ago in Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum, and Hussain toured and recorded with Harland in Charles Lloyd’s spiritually charged trio Sangam. The tabla genius has a history with ex-Journey drummer Smith in Summit, the innovative Indo-jazz ensemble led by Berkeley saxophonist George Brooks. Together, it adds up to an incredible evening of drumming firepower.
Zakir Hussain tabla
Giovanni Hidalgo congas
Eric Harland drums
Steve Smith drums
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