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

Chicago Tribune

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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."

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