After the Glasgow performance, Pulse of the World went on to be a huge hit at the London 2012 Olympic Festival. In March 2015, this ground-breaking ensemble makes its first tour of North America. The beautiful and flowing melodies of Celtic instruments including bodhran, violin, pipes, flutes and whistles combined with tabla, bamboo flute, and Carnatic (south Indian) violin provides a musical experience that explores common threads with sounds rarely heard together. ABOUT THE ARTISTS ZAKIR HUSSAIN, TABLA Zakir Hussain is today appreciated both in the field of percussion and in the music world at large as an international phenomenon and one of the greatest musicians of our time. A classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order, his consistently brilliant and exciting performances have established him as a national treasure in his own country, India, and as one of India’s reigning cultural ambassadors. Widely considered a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement, Zakir's contribution to world music has been unique, with many historic collaborations, including Shakti, which he founded with John McLaughlin and L. Shankar, Remember Shakti, the Diga Rhythm Band, Making Music, Planet Drum with Mickey Hart, Tabla Beat Science, Sangam with Charles Lloyd and Eric Harland,
and recordings and performances with artists as diverse as George Harrison, YoYo Ma, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison, Airto Moreira, Pharoah Sanders, Billy Cobham, Mark Morris, Rennie Harris, and the Kodo drummers. His music and extraordinary contribution to the music world were honored in April 2009 with four widely heralded and sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall’s Artist Perspective series. A multiple Grammy Award winner and the recipient of countless honors, Zakir has received titles from the Indian, American, and French governments, Grammys, and “best percussionist” awards from significant music journals. He has scored music for many films, events, and productions, including the 1996 Summer Olympics. He has both composed and performed with Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet (for which he received two Isadora Duncan Awards), YoYo Ma’s “Silk Road Project” with choreographer Mark Morris, and, with his oft-times collaborators and band-mates Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer, with both the Nashville and Detroit Symphony Orchestras, under the baton of Leonard Slatkin. Zakir’s second concerto, Concerto for Four Soloists, a special commission for the National Symphony Orchestra, was performed at Kennedy Center in March 2011, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach. His third concerto, the first ever composed for tabla, will premiere in Mumbai in fall 2015, with the Symphony Orchestra of India.
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Hussain said, “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.”
raKeSh ChaUraSIa, BamBoo flUTe As is so often the case in India, Rakesh is following in the family tradition; his uncle, Pandit (Master) Hariprasad Chaurasia is among the icons of his generation, and Rakesh is his most accomplished disciple. He has performed with a broad spectrum of the great musicians of India, as well as Western musicians like Bela Fleck, 3