The Institute for South Asia Studies at UC Berkeley is proud to announce that the internationally renowned tabla virtuoso, Zakir Hussain was the UC Berkeley Regents' Lecturer for Spring 2015.
Zakir Hussain is one of the foremost percussionists of the contemporary world, not only of Indian classical music but also of jazz and world music. As a player and composer he is a brilliant example of border crossing music. Widely considered a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement, he has historic collaborations to his name, including Shakti, which he founded with John McLaughlin and L. Shankar, the Diga Rhythm Band, Making Music, Planet Drum with Mickey Hart, and recordings and performances with artists as diverse as Joshua Redman, George Harrison, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison, Jack Bruce, Tito Puente, Pharoah Sanders, Billy Cobham, the Hong Kong Symphony and the New Orleans Symphony. He has been hailed by media as a virtuoso, a superstar and an encyclopedia of tabla.
As Regents' Lecturer, Zakir Hussain's schedule at UC Berkeley included the following public events:
|SFJazz Sessions||Monday, March 2||5 pm||PFA Theater|
|A documentary that tells the story of four extraordinary nights (and days) showcasing the formidable talents of tabla virtuoso/percussionist/composer Zakir Hussain, in concert with some of his favorite collaborators. Filmed and recorded in March 2013, during the historical inaugural season of the San Francisco Jazz Center, the film highlights the consummate virtuosity, improvisational genius and easy, personable charisma which have made Hussain an international celebrity. Directed by Anisa Qureshi & Taylor Phillips.|
|Zakir Talks | Zakir Plays *||Thursday, March 5||6 pm||Wheeler Auditorium|
|The 2015 Regents' Lecture will feature a performance by the maestro as well as include a conversation between him and UC Berkeley historian, Janaki Bakhle on his life, career, and the global fusion of Indian music.|
|The Changing Role of the Tabla Player *||Tuesday, March 10||5 pm||315 Wheeler Hall|
|Zakir Hussain and UC Berkeley Professor of Music, Bonnie Wade discuss the changing dynamics of the tabla in Hindustani classical music.|
|Jazz Fusion Master Class *||Wednesday, March 11||7 pm||Hertz Hall|
|A seminar for advanced music students conducted by master musician, Zakir Hussain. With Bonnie Wade and Myra Melford as faculty leads. All are welcome to OBSERVE this event. The event, however, is not open to people who would like to attend as PARTICIPATING STUDENTS in this master class.|
ALL EVENTS WERE FREE AND OPEN TO ALL. PRE-REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. RESERVE YOUR SEAT HERE
* Click to view videocasts of the events.
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