Celebrating Zakir Hussain

Celebrating the Musical Legacy of Zakir Hussain

Zakir Hussain is one of the most influential percussionists in modern music, building a musical bridge between East and West and bringing the rhythmic sophistication of North Indian classical music into a diverse array of musical settings.  Appreciated as both a world-class tabla virtuoso and one of India’s reigning cultural ambassadors, Zakir’s numerous historic collaborations have left a profound and lasting impact on today’s global music movement. Since its earliest years, World Music/CRASHarts has championed the music of Zakir Hussain, following his journey from classical Indian percussion into jazz and global fusion, providing a platform for his creative exploration and legendary collaborations. 

In spring 2018, World Music/CRASHarts will celebrate and honor Zakir Hussain’s 30 years of artistic legacy and genius by presenting three collaborative concerts with an all-star cast of artists that will feature the virtuosity of Zakir’s tabla dexterity within three distinct artistic genres.

The first concert, held on March 23, featured Zakir Hussain with renowned bansuri flutist Rakesh Chaurasia for an evening of exceptional Indian classical music. The second performance was World Music/CRASHart's first ever commission by the Alonzo King LINES Ballet, in collaboration with Zakir Hussain as composer and musician, to present the East Coast premiere of the new dance piece Sutra  (April 20-22, 2018).

There is still one more concert remaining in the celebration! Please join us for the following performance: 

Thursday, May 3, 7:30pm
Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston
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Zakir Hussain and Grammy-winning jazz bassist Dave Holland’s CROSSCURRENTS jazz ensemble will showcase the long and vibrant relationship of improvisation between jazz and Indian classical music. This internationally acclaimed ensemble also features Bollywood superstar vocalist Shankar Mahadevan, along with a cast of spectacular sidemen including guitarist Sanjay Divecha, jazz pianist Louiz Banks, saxophonist Chris Potter, and drummer Gino Banks.