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2008 Event Media Release - Zakir Hussain

Issued Tuesday 19 August, 2008

Ustad Zakir Hussain presents
Masters of Percussion

Sunday 9 November

Featuring V.Selvaganesh (Carnatic percussion), Bhawani Shankar (pakhawaj,) Niladri Kumar (sitar), Abbos Kosimov (doyra), Khete Khan (khartal), Dilshad Khan (sarangi), and Meitei Pung Cholom Performing Troupe (dancing drummers of Manipur).

“Zakir Hussain, a living genius, whose unadulterated performances of Indian music
are among the most thrilling concerts to be heard anywhere.”
New York Times

For the first time in Sydney, percussion legend Ustad Zakir Hussain presents the virtuosic seven-piece Masters of Percussion in an exclusive concert celebrating North Indian music for one night only on Sunday 9 November, Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House.

Globally revered as a tabla virtuoso of the highest standard, Zakir Hussain’s contribution to both classical Indian music and cross-cultural music is unrivalled, having collaborated with luminaries from Ravi Shankar to John McLaughlin, and recognized internationally with a Grammy Award in 1992.

In this exclusive Sydney concert, featuring the traditional repertoire of North Indian drumming on tabla in solo and duet, as well as collaborations exploring the frontier between traditional and contemporary, folk and classical, Zakir Hussain will demonstrate the outstanding dexterity and inspired improvisational abilities that never fail to leave audiences spellbound wherever he performs.

The carefully selected repertoire offers musical excursions into the melodic (raga) and rhythmic (tala) forms alongside the dazzling and athletic prowess of the dancing drummers of Manipur.

A not-to-be-missed performance by a true percussion genius.

Venue: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
Date: Sunday 9 November, 2008
Time: 8pm
Prices: $49 - $125
Bookings: 9250 7777

Zakir Hussain is presented as part of the Hemispheres global music series at Sydney Opera House.


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