The Institute for South Asia Studies at UC Berkeley is proud to announce that UC Berkeley’s Regents’ Lecturer for Spring 2015 is internationally renowned tabla virtuoso, Zakir Hussain.
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 will include the following four events:
Mon, March 2 @ 6 pm:
ZAKIR HUSSAIN – SF JAZZ SESSIONS
Directed by Anisa Qureshi and Taylor Phillips, SFJazz Sessions is a record of four extraordinary nights (and days) in March, 2013, showcasing Zakir Hussain’s formidable talents and the genre-bending collaborations which have characterized his career. Recorded 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. The presentation of the music is interwoven with insightful interviews, personal commentary and intimate glimpses of life, offstage and backstage, of the phenomenal artists who came together during the sessions. Performances include appearances by Bela Fleck (banjo), Edgar Meyer (bass), Steve Smith (drums), Giovanni Hidalgo (conga), Eric Harland (drums), Ganesh Rajagopalan (violin), Rakesh Chaurasia (flute), Niladri Kumar (sitar), George Brooks (saxophone), Molly Holm, Osam Ezzeldin, Antonia Minnecola, Dana Pandey, Sanket Acharya and Salar Nader.
Thu, March 5 @ 6 pm:
ZAKIR TALKS | ZAKIR PLAYS
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.
Tue, March 10 @ 5 pm:
THE CHANGING ROLE OF THE TABLA PLAYER
Zakir Hussain and UC Berkeley Professor of Music, Bonnie Wade discuss the changing dynamics of the tabla in Hindustani classical music.
Wed, March 11 @ 7 pm:
MASTER CLASS WITH ZAKIR HUSSAIN
A seminar for advanced music students conducted by master musician, Zakir Hussain. With Bonnie Wade, Myra Melford, and Tamara Roberts as faculty leads.
About the UC Berkeley Regents’ Lecture Series
This program has been running for 50 years and brings to the University distinguished speakers who have pursued careers in arts, letters, sciences, or business substantially outside the academic profession, including James Baldwin, Sandra Day O’Connor, Steve Reich, Ernst Gombrich, Carrie Mae Weems, Amoz Oz, Sally Ride, VS Naipaul, Yo-Yo Ma, Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison, and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.
Please note that parking in not always easily available in Berkeley. Take public transportation if possible or arrive early to secure your spot.
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Friday March 13
Saturday March 14
Fort Wayne, IN
Sunday March 15
Tuesday March 17
Friday March 20
The Moore Theatre
Saturday March 21
Vancouver, BC (Canada)
Chan Centre for Performing Arts
Sunday March 22
Tuesday March 24
Musical Instrument Museum
Friday March 27
Painted Bride Arts Center
Saturday March 28
New York, NY