Zakir Hussain and Masters of Percussion to Perform at The Bushnell April 15


Hartford, CT, - Feb 22, 2016:  – Zakir Hussain, the reigning master virtuoso of the classical Indian tabla, will be joined by a combination of percussive and melodic performers for his upcoming 2016 tour.  Zakir Hussain and Masters of Percussion will be coming to Mortensen Hall at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, CT for one show only on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets and information are available online at, by phone at 860-987-5900, or in person at The Bushnell box office, 166 Capitol Avenue in Hartford.

Playing in the footsteps of his illustrious father, Ustad Allarakha, who with Ravi Shankar introduced the glorious music of India to America, Zakir Hussain has acted as a musical bridge between his birthland and the rest of the world.  Moreover, his remarkably wide musical vision has taken him and his tabla into unimagined realms of collaboration that make him one of the chief architects of the contemporary “world music” movement. A child prodigy, Zakir was touring by the age of twelve. He came to the United States in 1970, performing his first US concert at the Fillmore East in New York City with Pandit Ravi Shankar, embarking on an illustrious international career.  

In the past few years, his Triple Concerto for Banjo, Bass and Tabla, a piece co-composed with Edgar Meyer and Bela Fleck, was performed by them with the Nashville Symphony at the gala opening of the Schermerhorn Symphony Hall in Nashville. 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. Most recently, his third concerto, Peshkar, debuted in September 2015 to rapturous acclaim in Mumbai.  Performed by Zakir and the Symphony Orchestra of India at the National Centre for the Performing Arts, it was described in the Hindustan Times as “a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  Simply sublime.”  

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