2015 Tour Dates

Zakir Talks | Zakir Plays • Zakir Hussain, UC Berkeley’s Regents’ Lecturer for 2015

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.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL FOUR EVENTS. REGISTRATION OPENS ON MON, FEBRUARY 2, 2015. Click for further details.

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PARKING INFORMATION
Please note that parking in not always easily available in Berkeley. Take public transportation if possible or arrive early to secure your spot.

Event Contact: isas@berkeley.edu, 510-642-3608


ZAKIR HUSSAIN PULSE OF THE WORLD: CELTIC CONNECTIONS

March/April 2015 North America performances

The beautiful and flowing melodies of Celtic instruments including bodhran, violin, pipes, flutes and whistles, combine with tabla, bamboo flute and Carnatic (South Indian) violin to create a powerful and organic musical experience. Come experience this groundbreaking ensemble on its first tour of North America.

Zakir Hussain, Tabla • Rakesh Chaurasia, Bamboo Flute • Fraser Fifield, Flute/Pipes • Jean-Michel Veillon, Flute • Ganesh Rajagopalan, Violin • Charlie McKerron, Fiddle • Patsy Reid, Fiddle • Tony Byrne, Guitar • John Joe Kelly, Bodhran

TOUR DATES:

Friday March 13
Milwaukee, WI
Pabst Theater

Saturday March 14
Fort Wayne, IN
Purdue University

Sunday March 15
Houston, TX
Cullen Theater

Tuesday March 17
Washington, DC
Lisner Auditorium

Friday March 20
Seattle, WA
The Moore Theatre

Saturday March 21
Vancouver, BC (Canada)
Chan Centre for Performing Arts

Sunday March 22
Boulder, CO
Boulder Theatre

Tuesday March 24
Phoenix, AZ
Musical Instrument Museum

Friday March 27
Philadelphia, PA
Painted Bride Arts Center

Saturday March 28
New York, NY
Carnegie Hall

Sunday March 29
Boston, MA
Somerville Theater

Tuesday March 31
Santa Cruz, CA
Rio Theater

Wednesday April 1
Costa Mesa, CA
Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Thursday April 2
San Francisco, CA
SF Jazz Center

Friday April 3
San Francisco, CA
SF Jazz Center

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