Zakir Hussain UK concert ~ Free Tickets

Tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain will be performing his ‘Masters of Percussion’ concert at the Birmingham Town Hall on 8th November 2011. Here is your amazing chance to win a free ticket to see this fantastic concert by simply entering our competition. A night not to be missed!

a classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order

DESIblitz in association with Town Hall and Symphony Hall Birmingham (THSH) bring you a unique and exciting competition to win tickets to see none other than Zakir Hussain, the tabla virtuoso and percussionist who is regarded in the music world at large as an international phenomenon.

You will have the pleasure of watching and experiencing Zakir, son of the maestro tabla player Ustad Alla Rakha (Ravi Shankar’s tabla player), performing a night of percussion mastery from who will be joined by the cream of Indian musicians.

Zakir Hussain is today appreciated both in the field of percussion and is 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 worldwide fame.

His playing is marked by uncanny intuition and masterful improvisational dexterity, founded in formidable knowledge and study. The favourite
accompanist for many of India’s greatest classical musicians and dancers, he has not let his genius rest there.

Widely considered a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement, Zakir’s contribution to world music has been unique, with many historic collaborations, including Shakti, which he founded with John McLaughlin and L. Shankar, Remember Shakti, the Diga Rhythm Band, Making Music, Planet Drum with Mickey Hart, Tabla Beat Science, Sangam with Charles Lloyd and Eric Harland and recordings and performances with artists as diverse as George Harrison, YoYo Ma, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison, Airto Moreira, Pharoah Sanders, Billy Cobham, Mark Morris, Rennie Harris, and the Kodo drummers.

Zakir was awarded the titles of Padma Shri in 1988, and Padma Bhushan in 2002, becoming the youngest percussionist to be awarded these titles, given to civilians of merit by the Indian government.

The details for the Zakir Hussain ‘Masters of Percussion’ concert are:

Date: Tuesday 8th November 2011
Venue: Town Hall, Victoria Square, Birmingham B3 3DQ.
Time: 7:30pm

On stage you will see live performances by:

Zakir Hussain on Tabla
Rakesh Chaurasia playing Bansuri
Sabir Khan playing Sarangi
Sridar Parthasarathy playing Mridangam & Kanjira
Navin Sharma onDholak
T.H.V. Umashankar on Ghatam

The New York Times wrote:

‘Zakir Hussain, the peerless North Indian tabla player, favors an impish strain of virtuosity. He’s a fearsome technician but also a whimsical inventor, devoted to exuberant play.’

To be present as a free guest at this amazing concert in Birmingham, simply answer the question below and submit your answer to us now to win a free pair of tickets!

We have two pairs of tickets to give away. One entry will allow you to win two tickets for you to go with a friend or family member. The competition closes at 12:00pm on Monday 7th November 2011. Please read the Terms and Conditions of the competition below before entering.


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