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The pre-eminent classical tabla virtuoso of our time, Zakir Hussain is appreciated both in the field of percussion and in the music world at large as an international phenomenon and one of the world’s most esteemed and influential musicians. The foremost disciple of his father, the legendary Ustad Allarakha, Zakir was a child prodigy who began his professional career at the age of twelve, accompanying India’s greatest classical musicians and dancers and touring internationally with great success by the age of eighteen. His brilliant accompaniment, solo performance and genre-defying collaborations, including his pioneering work to develop a dialogue between North and South Indian musicians, have elevated the status of his instrument both in India and globally, bringing the tabla into a new dimension of renown and appreciation.


This Moment

Label: Abstract Logix
Released: 2023
Track listing: Shrini’s Dream; Bending the Rules; Karuna; Mohanam; Giriraj Sudha; Palmas; Changay Naino; Sono Mama.


Article: In Pictures

Charles Lloyd Commemorates his 85th Year with a Memorable Performance at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Read "Charles Lloyd Commemorates his 85th Year with a Memorable Performance at Jazz at Lincoln Center" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) honored Charles Lloyd on the occasion of his 85th birthday, featuring him in two concerts. The Friday night performance (October 13) showcased his trio, Sangam, which includes tabla master Zakir Hussain and long-time Lloyd associate, drummer Eric Harland. I had the privilege of attending the Saturday evening concert on October 14th, ...


Article: Live Review

Shakti 50th Anniversary Tour at Hill Auditorium

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Shakti Hill Auditorium University Musical Society's 145th Annual Season Ann Arbor, Michigan September 14, 2023 Having learned his lessons well during his brief stay with Miles Davis in the late '60s, guitarist John McLaughlin has never let any grass grow under his feet, embracing many styles and following his creative ...


Article: Play This!

Shakti: Joy

Read "Shakti: Joy" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Nobody had seen anything quite like it before. Thrilling virtuosity from fusion pioneers Shakti at the 1976 Montreux Jazz Festival. In bringing both Carnatic and Hindustani traditions together with jazz, John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain, L. Shankar and T.H. “Vikku" Vinayakram broke new musical ground. Shakti marked 50 years in 2023 with This Moment (Abstract Logix), its ...


Article: Album Review

Shakti: This Moment

Read "This Moment" reviewed by Geno Thackara

The Shakti of This Moment is essentially the Shakti of all its moments--a natural fusion bridging jazzy interplay with the forms and rhythms of Hindustani carnatic music, even if the sound is leagues away from the all-acoustic wildfire that singed countless ears with the live Shakti with John McLaughlin (Columbia, 1976). The group's unexpected reemergence after ...


Article: Live Review

Shakti At Hammersmith Eventim Apollo

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Shakti Hammersmith Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, jny:London June 27, 2023 All things must come to pass. Still, it came as a shock to learn that Shakti's two concerts in London would be their last in the UK. Earlier dates in India, a summer tour of Europe and North American dates through August ...

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Shakti was a renowned band in the world of fusion music, formed in the 1970s. It was a collaborative project featuring renowned musicians from different musical backgrounds, blending Indian classical music with elements of jazz and rock. The band was co-founded by Indian violin virtuoso L. Shankar, English guitarist John McLaughlin, and tabla maestro Zakir Hussain.

Shankar, a disciple of Indian sitar maestro Ravi Shankar, brought his expertise in Indian classical music to the group. John McLaughlin, known for his work with the Mahavishnu Orchestra, contributed his jazz and rock guitar skills, while Zakir Hussain brought his mastery of the tabla, a traditional Indian percussion instrument.


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Take Five with Enayet Hossain

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Meet Enayet Hossain Enayet Hossain is an accomplished tabla player from a renowned Indian musical family whose careers span three generations. Born in Bangladesh to an Indian father and Bangladeshi mother, he moved to the U.S. as a child. He received musical training from his father, Hamid Hossain, an esteemed Indian musician renowned for teaching and ...


Article: Album Review

John McLaughlin and Shakti: This Moment

Read "This Moment" reviewed by Dave Linn

John McLaughlin was known for his work with Miles Davis on Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970) and with Tony Williams' Lifetime before forming his groundbreaking fusion band Mahavishnu Orchestra. He then shocked people with his next project, John McLaughlin and Shakti, an acoustic fusion of the Carnatak music of South India combined with some Western influences. After ...


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