India’s world-renowned tabla player, composer and percussionist, Zakir Hussain, returns to Lafayette with his Masters of Percussion ensemble for an evening of musical exploration at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9 in the Williams Center for the Arts.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by visiting or calling the Williams Center box office at (610) 330-5009 from noon to 2 p.m., and 4 to 5 p.m. on weekdays, plus one hour before the performance.
Recognized today as an international phenomenon, Zakir Hussain stands alone as one of the world’s premier Indian tabla players.
Hussain’s consistently brilliant and exciting performances have established him as a national treasure in India, and as one of his country’s reigning cultural ambassadors. His playing is marked by uncanny intuition and masterful improvisational dexterity, founded in formidable knowledge and study.
A classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order, Hussain has previously thrilled Williams Center audiences in a memorable trio program with Edgar Meyer and Béla Fleck and in a duo program with master sitarist Niladri Kumar.
Returning for a third time to the Williams Center stage, Hussain will feature his seven-member ensemble, consisting of instruments, ranging from the bansuri bamboo flute to the sangari, a bowed instrument in the sitar family. The evening promises to be a sensuous journey into the musical worlds of India and “Silk Road” Asia, both memorable and enduring.
The musicians will give a 75-minute lecture demonstration at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 10, in room 123 of the Williams Center.
The performance residency is supported by an ArtsConnect grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.