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Karsh Kale, Vijay Iyer and Ustad Shujaat Khan Together for One Evening


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Contemporary Percussion Master Karsh Kale and Sitar Star Ustad Shujaat Khan Collaborate in a Genre-Busting Evening of Great Music

Saturday, March 7 at 9 p.m.: Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall

Jazz Pianist VIJAY IYER and Electric Bassist JONATHAN MARON Join Them For “Opening Nights Festival" Concert Celebrating the Re-opening of Alice Tully Hall

South Asian music innovatorsmaster percussionist, tabla-player/DJ/ remix artist/producer Karsh Kale and jazz pianist/composer Vijay Iyer get together with North Indian master sitarist Ustad Shujaat Khan and electric bassist Jonathan Maron on Saturday, March 7 at 9 p.m. for a not-to-be-missed evening of world meets jazz meets rock meets funk music-making. The concert is a highlight of the two-week Alice Tully Hall “Opening Nights Festival" at Lincoln Center marking the re-opening of one of New Yorks preeminent stages. The one-night-only reunion reprises a 2004 meeting of the four artists for a series of sold-out concerts at Joes Pub. Tickets, all priced at $25.00, are available online at www.LincolnCenter.org; at CenterCharge 212-721-6500; and at the Alice Tully Hall box office beginning January 15.

Grammy-nominated artist Ustad Shujaat Khan, interviewed recently by Playbill about the March 7 concert said, “Those four shows of 2004 were inspiring because they brought together four people from different genres and backgrounds. Each member brought a different flavor to the night Vijay with his highly complex yet subtle precision on the piano, Jonathan with his incredibly melodic abilities on bass, the rhythmic dynamic of Karsh on tabla and drum, and of course, myself. Now, to be part of the opening series of concerts at Alice Tully Hall is an incredible honor for me." Said Karsh Kale in the same interview, “Well be presenting a number of compositions, a few by Khan sahib and others by myself. The real fun happens when the musicians breathe their own spirit into each song, improvising and challenging each other."

After an extensive, 16-month renovation, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall will re-open on February 22, 2009. To mark the return of one of New York City's most important concert venues, and to showcase the stunningly-designed, versatile new space, a two-week, nineteen-event “Opening Nights Festival" will take place through March 8. “Opening Nights" will feature more than 250 artists, ranging from early-music master Jordi Savall to Stew, recent Tony Award-winner for his autobiographical musical Passing Strange. A number of concerts are free and all others are priced at $25. For a complete schedule, and to purchase tickets, visit www.LincolnCenter.org.

Sitarist Ustad Shujaat Khan is one of the most acclaimed North Indian classical musicians of his generation. The son and disciple of master sitarist Ustad Vilayat Khan, he is the seventh in an unbroken family line of musical masters. His style, known as the gayaki ang, imitates the subtleties of the human voice. Khan has appeared at festivals around the world and renowned venues including Carnegie, the Royal Albert Hall, and Lincoln Center and also performs as part of the noted Indo-Persian ensemble Ghazal. Ghazal played to sold out audience at Lincoln Centers Great Performers and Mostly Mozart concerts in 2004 the same year the groups recording, was nominated for a Grammy. Khan has made more than 50 recordings.

London-born, Long-Island raised Karsh Kale has been described as a “visionary producer and composer" (Billboard Magazine). His work is a unique blend of Indian percussion, electronica and rocks hard-driving drum and bass. He has collaborated with musicians ranging from Herbie Hancock and Sting to the Madras Cinematic Orchestra and tabla master Zakir Hussain. With Hussain and bassist Bill Laswell, Kale performs and records in the world-fusion group Tabla Beat Science. Kale was one of the artists who performed an all-electronic version of Terry Riley's In C in Lincoln Center Festival 2000. Kales collaboration with sitarist Anouska Shankar, Breathing Under Water was released in 2007.

Vijay Iyer, voted top Rising Star Jazz Artist and Rising Star Composer two years in a row (2006 and 2007) by DownBeat Magazine, is the New York based son of Indian immigrants. He is a largely-self taught musician grounded in the American Jazz idiom and draws on a wide range of Western and non-Western traditions in his work. The Village Voice called him, “the most commanding pianist and composer to emerge in recent years." His schedule includes such noted festivals and venues as Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Kennedy Center, Zankel Hall, and international festivals in Europe, Australia and India. In 2004, Iyer was one of the collaborating musicians in Transmetropolitan a concert organized for the Lincoln Center Festival by Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky. Iyers latest album, Tragicomic, has appeared on numerous Best of 2008 critics polls.

Jonathan Maron is the electric bassist of the ground-breaking New York Groove Collective that developed and popularized the fusion of jazz and funk in the 1990s, pioneering what is now referred to globally as “groove" music. Marons warm sound, inventive basslines and old school funk have drawn many admirers. On his own Maron has recorded and performed with a wide range of artists including Maxwell, India.Arie, Jewel, MeShell Ndegeocello and DJ Spinna. He's been the subject of numerous articles in Bass Player magazine.

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