Zakir Hussain & Celtic Connections

Zakir Hussain & Celtic Connections


Resident Artistic Director
Zakir Hussain
& Celtic Connections

Thursday, April 2, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Resident Artistic Director Zakir Hussain
Almost Sold Out

Zakir Hussain & Celtic Connections

Tabla genius Zakir Hussain’s cross-cultural project combines an ensemble of master Indian musicians with a stellar group of artists from the Celtic tradition in an exploration of their shared language. This inspired concept first took shape in 2011 during Hussain’s appearance in Glasgow with an esteemed cast of Celtic musicians, with a triumphant reprise at the 2012 London Olympic Festival. The harmonious blend of sonorities from these disparate cultures provides a musical experience that explores common threads with sounds rarely heard together. In Zakir’s words: "I had all these preconceived ideas of what we would do and how we would make it work. But the more I think about this the more I’ve come to feel that we’re musicians. We’re the same the world over. If you put us in a room together, we’ll make music…There’s no meter that hasn’t been played, no rhythm that hasn’t been composed. It’s the musicians’ own qualities that allow them to make music different – that’s what’s exciting about this project for me. It’s fresh music sparked by the humanity of those involved."

Artist Personnel

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

"The peerless North Indian tabla player…favors an impish strain of virtuosity. " — The New York Times
"It’s hard to imagine a better champion for Indian classical music in the West than Zakir Hussain. " — San Jose Mercury News