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Waltons World Masters presents: Zakir Hussain and Masters of Percussion

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Waltons World Masters presents

Zakir Hussain

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.’
Nitin Sawhney

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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

Tickets €5

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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.

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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.

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Shops Update

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Important: Please note that both of our shops will be closed this Sunday, March 29th.

Additionally all internet/phone orders placed between April 1st and April 4th will only be processed from April 5th, the reason being our annual stocktaking.

Thanking you for your understanding.

On another note, you might have seen on RTE , one of the contestants in the “All-Ireland Talent Show” was playing a McBrides guitar ( the Dervish model)

you can get more information on McBrides guitars by going to www.mcbridesguitars.com

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Also we’d like to congratulate our drum specialist Ken.M with his band “The Urges” who have just participated  in the SXSW 2009 festival in Texas, USA

you can check their music out on at the following address: http://profile.myspace.com/theurges

more information on SXSW 2009 are available at  http://sxsw.com/

Stay tuned for more

Waltons Web Team

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New site now online & Special Offers

Hi all,

As many of you have already noticed, we have now unveiled Waltons.ie v2.

To celebrate the new site, we have  incredible offers on Epiphone guitars, Fender guitars, Takamine guitars,  Zoom effects and many more to come.

Don’t hesitate to let us know what you think of the new site via the contact form.

Stay tuned for more

Waltons Music Team

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Waltons World Masters presents Jean-Luc Ponty Quartet

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Waltons World Masters presents

Jean-Luc Ponty Quartet

Thursday, 12 March 2009, 8 pm

National Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

Tickets €20, €28, €38, €46
Free online booking at http://www.nch.ie

Jean-Luc Ponty • Violin, Electric Violin
William Lecomte • Keyboards
Guy Nsangué Akwa • Bass
Damien Schmitt • Drums

‘Jean-Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of violin in the arena of jazz and fusion. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music.’

– All About Jazz

‘Classically trained, with an unquenchable ability to swing when he wants to, and consumed by a passion for tight structures and repeating ostinatos, Ponty has been able to handle styles as diverse as swing, bop, free and modal jazz, jazz-rock, world music, and even country, mixing them up at will.’

– All Music Guide

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Waltons New School of Music and National Concert Hall Learn & Explore present

Jean-Luc Ponty Jazz Violin Masterclass

Thursday, 12 March 2009, 3.30 pm

National Concert Hall, John Field Room

Three amateur or professional violinists will be chosen to participate in the masterclass. If you are interested in doing so, please send your name, contact details, a brief description of your relevant experience and the jazz standard that you wish to play in the masterclass (if available, you can also include a recording), to arrive at the National Concert Hall no later than Friday, February 20th. Submissions should be addressed to: Jean-Luc Ponty Masterclass, National Concert Hall Learn & Explore, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2.

The public are welcome to observe.

Tickets €5

Free online booking at http://www.nch.ie

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About Jean-Luc Ponty

Trained at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where he received that institution’s highest award, Premier Prix, Jean-Luc Ponty turned to jazz at a time when few viewed the instrument as having a legitimate place in the modern jazz vocabulary. With a powerful sound that eschewed vibrato, Ponty distinguished himself with be-bop era phrasings and a punchy style influenced more by horn players than by anything previously tried on the violin; nobody had heard anything quite like it before. Ponty’s reputation grew with remarkable leaps and by 1964, at age 22, he released his debut solo album, Jazz Long Playing. A 1966 live album called Violin Summit united Ponty on stage in Basel, Switzerland with such violin greats as Svend Asmussen, Stéphane Grappelli and Stuff Smith.

In 1967, John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet invited Ponty to perform at the Monterey Jazz Festival. His appearance garnered thunderous applause and led to recordings with the Gerald Wilson Big Band and the George Duke Trio. Through the late-60s and early 70s, Ponty achieved mounting critical praise and popularity across Europe. In turn, the violinist soon found his signature talents in demand by top recording artists the world over.

Collaborations through the 70s included four groundbreaking albums with Frank Zappa (who also wrote the music for Ponty’s solo album King Kong) and two with John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra, as well as extensive touring with both the Mahavishnu Orchestra and the Mothers of Invention. His solo career also flourished, with twelve consecutive releases (including Imaginary Voyage) all reaching the top five on the Billboard jazz charts. In the 90s Ponty worked extensively with guitarist Al Di Meola and bassist Stanley Clarke. He also found himself drawn to world beats, in his case the powerful polyrhythmic sound of West Africa. It is a sound that he continues to integrate in his work to date, including his most recent album The Acatama Experience (2007), inspired by a visit to Chile’s Acatama desert.

This is Jean-Luc Ponty’s first appearance in Ireland.

Waltons Web Team
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