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Friday, April 1, 2016

NEA Heritage Fellow Zakir Hussain Comes to East Lansing

GRAMMY award-winning master tabla drummer Zakir Hussain and his collaborators will perform Tuesday, April 5th, at 7:30 in the Cobb Great Hall of the Wharton Center. Tickets are $20-$40 for adults, and $15 for children ages  5-18. Dr. Michael Largey, MSU Professor of Musicology, will give a brief talk at 6:45 as part of the Wharton Center's Insight Preview series, which will contextualize the performance to follow.

International phenomenon, child prodigy, legendary artist, and acclaimed musician Zakir Hussain can move an audience to tears or get them on their feet and cheering, using just his hands and a tabla drum! His work with icons such as George Harrison, Yo-Yo Ma, and Van Morrison opened the beauty of Indian music to the world and inspired a cultural shift in pop music. Hussain has become internationally recognized as an architect of the contemporary world music movement, proving that he can find the commonality in music and translate it into something beautiful for the world to enjoy. Audiences will revel in the craft that Hussain has perfected and will feel the deepest joys and exciting thrills that Indian music can instill.

This video shows a full two-hour performance by Hussain and the Masters of Percussion in 2013. His first appearance can be found at the 13:40 mark. This is not a show to be missed!

To read more about Hussain's fellowship with the National Endowment of the Arts, click here.