Waltons World Masters presents
and Masters of Percussion
Thursday, 18 June 2009, 8 pm
National Concert Hall, Main Auditorium
Tickets €26, €41, €52, €63
Free online booking at nch.ie
Zakir Hussain · Tabla
Niladri Kumar · Sitar
Sabir Khan · Sarangi
Abbos Kosimov · Doyra
Navin Sharma · Dholak
Meitei Pung Cholom Performing Troupe · The Dancing Drummers of Manipur
‘A living genius, whose unadulterated performances of Indian music are among the most thrilling concerts to be heard anywhere.’
New York Times
‘He is the world’s greatest living tabla player, a genius, a maestro.’
Waltons New School of Music and National Concert Hall Learn & Explore present
Zakir Hussain Percussion Masterclass
Thursday, 18 June 2009, 4 pm
National Concert Hall, John Field Room
Zakir Hussain is one of the greatest tabla players ever and is today appreciated both in the field of percussion and in the world of music at large as an international phenomenon. A classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order, his consistently brilliant and exciting performances have not only established him as a national treasure in his own country, India, but gained him fame all over the world for his many accomplishments.
Hussain’s contribution to world music has been unique, and includes many historic collaborations with India’s greatest classical musicians and dancers, from Ali Akbar Khan and Ravi Shankar to Birju Maharaj and Shivkumar Sharma, as well as Shakti, which he founded with John McLaughlin and L. Shankar, the Diga Rhythm Band, Making Music, Planet Drum with Mickey Hart, and recordings and performances with artists as diverse as George Harrison, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison, Jack Bruce, Tito Puente, Pharoah Sanders and symphonies around the world. His playing is marked by uncanny intuition and masterful improvisational dexterity, founded in formidable knowledge and study.
Niladri Kumar, the son and disciple of sitar maestro Pandit Kartick Kumar, started learning the sitar at the age of four and had his first public performance at the age of six. Hailed as one of the best young exponents of Indian classical music, Niladri exhibits a profound understanding of the artistic aspects and nuances of diverse gharana styles and a mastery of technical skill. His artistry is a result of years of learning and a lineage of five generations of sitar players. Whether at classical Indian recitals or world music concerts, he has an uncanny ability to strike an instant rapport with the audience that transcends all age barriers.
Abbos Kosimov was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, to a very musical family. He studied at the College of Culture and Music under doyra master Mamurjon Vahabov and graduated in 1988. A few years later, he established the Abbos School, where he taught the talented youth of his country to play the doyra. In 2001, in honor of the tenth anniversary of Uzbekistan’s independence, Abbos was awarded a medal celebrating his status as an ‘Honored Artist of Uzbekistan’. In 2005, he moved to the United States and he has since recorded and/or performed with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Randy Gloss’s Hands OnSemble, Giovanni Hidalgo and Zakir Hussain.
Sabir Khan was born in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. He is the ninth generation of his family to take up sarangi and is considered one of the beacons of the younger generation. Sabir began learning when he was six years old through his grandfather, Ustad Gulab Khan, and soon after began training with his father, world renowned sarangi player and vocalist Ustad Sultan Khan, and with his late uncle Ustad Nasir Khan. His technique is a rare combination of sur and laya (note and rhythm). He has already, remarkably, learned most of his legendary father’s entire repertoire with a similar command and mastery on the instrument.
Navin Sharma was born in the Ulhasnagar district of Maharashtra in 1975 to a musical family and started studying the dholak at a very young age. His first guru was Shyam Rughuram Sharma, his father, and through these studies he was introduced to other local musicians who were actively composing scores for Bollywood films. After realizing his desire to study more Indian classical music, his father insisted he learn from tabla master Ustad Alla Rakha, with whom he studied for several years. Navin has performed with many master musicians over his career, including jazz, fusion, pop, rock, gazal and bhajan ensembles.
Meitei Pung Cholom Performing Troupe is one of India’s premier performance troupes, combining dance, drumming and martial arts in their repertoire. Dedicated to the rejuvenation of traditional folk and classical Manipuri dance styles, they were established in 1963 by the late Guru Padmashri Amubi Singh. They have performed thousands of concerts in India and have enjoyed many successful international tours. Known for their dynamic athleticism and proficiency as well as their unique-sounding drums, they are a visual feast, dazzling audiences with their acrobatic choreography.