Classical tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain and renowned santoor player Rahul Sharma are teaming up yet again, and the collaborators will bring their skilled and celebrated instrumentalism to Royce Hall at the University of California, Los Angeles, April 29; and April 30 at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz.
The two master musicians are considered key figures in Indian and world music landscapes, and have worked side-by-side on several projects, including a live recording.
In a special birthday tribute at the concert, Hussain will perform a half-hour tabla solo honoring his revered late father, Allarakha, born April 29, 1919. Hussain’s father, with Ravi Shankar, introduced Indian music to the U.S., in particular at the Monterey Pop Festival 50 years ago.
An international phenomenon, Hussain’s playing is marked by uncanny intuition and masterful improvisational dexterity, founded in formidable knowledge and study. The Indian American percussionist has accompanied many of India’s greatest classical musicians and dancers, and has performed and recorded with artists as diverse as George Harrison, Yo-Yo Ma, Van Morrison and the Kodo drummers. His extraordinary contribution to the music world was honored in 2009 with four heralded and sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall’s Artists Perspective series.
Sharma learned music and the santoor from his father, Guru Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, who is a music legend in India and throughout the world. Sharma’s father has been instrumental in bringing this little-known instrument from the valleys of Kashmir and introducing it to the Indian classical music world. Sharma is one of India’s most prolific musicians, with over 60 released albums spanning a career of 15 years.
The concert is being presented in Los Angeles by the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, which is dedicated to the advancement of the contemporary performing arts in all disciplines, as well as emerging digital, collaborative and cross-platforms created by today’s leading artists. The event starts at 8 p.m.
In Santa Cruz, the concert is being presented at 7:30 p.m. by Kuumbwa Jazz.