The Institute for South Asia Studies at UC Berkeley is proud to announce that UC Berkeley's Regents' Lecturer for Spring 2015 is internationally renowned tabla virtuoso, Zakir Hussain.
Zakir Hussain is one of the foremost percussionists of the contemporary world, not only of Indian classical music but also of jazz and world music. As a player and composer he is a brilliant example of border crossing music. Widely considered a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement, he has historic collaborations to his name, including 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 Joshua Redman, George Harrison, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison, Jack Bruce, Tito Puente, Pharoah Sanders, Billy Cobham, the Hong Kong Symphony and the New Orleans Symphony. He has been hailed by media as a virtuoso, a superstar and an encyclopedia of tabla.
As Regents' Lecturer, Zakir Hussain's schedule at UC Berkeley will also include the following three additional events:
Mon, March 2 @ 5 pm in PFA Theater: ZAKIR HUSSAIN - SF JAZZ SESSIONS SFJazz Sessions is a record of four extraordinary nights (and days) in March, 2013, showcasing Zakir Hussain's formidable talents and the genre-bending collaborations which have characterized his career. Recorded during the historical inaugural season of the San Francisco Jazz Center, the film highlights the consummate virtuosity, improvisational genius and easy, personable charisma which have made Hussain an international celebrity. The presentation of the music is interwoven with insightful interviews, personal commentary and intimate glimpses of life, offstage and backstage, of the phenomenal artists who came together during the sessions. Performances include appearances by Bela Fleck (banjo), Edgar Meyer (bass), Steve Smith (drums), Giovanni Hidalgo (conga), Eric Harland (drums), Ganesh Rajagopalan (violin), Rakesh Chaurasia (flute), Niladri Kumar (sitar), George Brooks (saxophone), Molly Holm, Osam Ezzeldin, Antonia Minnecola, Dana Pandey, Sanket Acharya and Salar Nader. The documentary has been directed by Anisa Qureshi and Taylor Phillips.
Thu, March 5 @ 6 pm in Wheeler Auditorium: ZAKIR TALKS | ZAKIR PLAYS The 2015 Regents' Lecture. Includes a tabla performance by the maestro as well as a conversation with UC Berkeley historian, Janaki Bakhle on his life, career, and the global fusion of Indian music.
Wed, March 11 @ 7 pm in Hertz Hall: JAZZ FUSION MASTER CLASS WITH ZAKIR HUSSAIN With Myra Melford as faculty lead. Observe master percussionist ZAKIR HUSSAIN hear and work with two jazz-fusion ensembles. All are welcome to OBSERVE this event. (Master class participants have been chosen.).
About the UC Berkeley Regents' Lecture Series
This program has been running for 50 years and brings to the University distinguished speakers who have pursued careers in arts, letters, sciences, or business substantially outside the academic profession, including James Baldwin, Sandra Day O'Connor, Steve Reich, Ernst Gombrich, Carrie Mae Weems, Amoz Oz, Sally Ride, VS Naipaul, Yo-Yo Ma, Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison, and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.