• Zakir Hussain

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

Zakir Hussain and the Masters of Percussion

Tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain’s thrilling Masters of Percussion performances are labors of love in the truest sense. The revered musician began touring nearly 25 years ago in a duo with his late father and mentor, the legendary Ustad Allarakha, and today keeps that great artist’s memory alive through these spirited gatherings with the world’s finest percussion players. Hussain’s collaborators—stellar musicians he is eager to introduce to international audiences—are family members, longtime partners, and dear friends, and the warmth and camaraderie of their musical dialogue is palpable even as they exchange fiery riffs that drive the music to ecstatic heights. “I don’t choose instruments, I choose people,” Hussain has said, “and my main objective in the whole evening is to find spots where all these great masters will be highlighted, be let loose.”


Program Notes

Program notes will be available approximately one week before the performance.

This performance, as well as all remaining events on our 2020/21 Season, has been canceled. As large gatherings are still not allowed by state, local, and university officials at this time we regret to announce that we will be unable to present our spring 2021 performances as originally planned. Ticket holders are being notified by either mail or email.

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