On Zakir Hussain and Masters of Percussion


Drumming crosses cultures and unites us in the dance of the heart. Zakir Hussain is not only the acknowledged master tabla player of that most sophisticated of the world’s musical heritages, the classical North Indian, but also a student of an astonishing array of percussion traditions.

Zakir Hussain’s Masters of Percussion, an outgrowth of Zakir’s duet tours with his late father, the legendary Ustad Allarakha, began their biennial appearances in 1996 to provide a platform for rarely heard rhythm traditions from India. Over time, the ensemble has expanded to include great drummers and percussionists from many world traditions, including jazz, as well as the occasional stringed instrument. 2019 will be the centennial year of Allarakha’s birth, so this will be a very special MOP tour.

2019 will see him joined by the peerless Eric Harland (Charles Lloyd, Sangam) on Western drums, and the Kerala Drummers from the Southwestern coast of India.

They will perform together and separately, and it will be awe-inspiring, because they really are Masters, and Zakir Hussain is a true maestro who can bring out the magic in everyone on the stage – and in the audience.

—Zakir Hussain’s Masters of Percussion

Performance Thu, Mar 28 at 8PM at Royce Hall