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Story of the Tabla: Zakir Hussain and Masters of Percussion

April 30, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT


Longtime WPA audience favorite Zakir Hussain is the “indisputable tabla maestro” (Gramophone): an artist who has not only taken his instrument to its limits within its original discipline, Indian classical music, but who has vastly expanded the presence of both his instrument and musical heritage within other genres—including jazz, rock, and Irish and American folk music. In his Home Delivery Plus set on the Strathmore stage, he joins regular collaborators and one special guest from the D.C. scene—to be chosen by Hussain himself—in a musical exploration of “The Story of the Tabla,” from the drum’s origins to its leading-edge expressions. The package also includes an Opening Act by Hussain’s D.C.-based collaborator plus a Linger Longer “listening party,” in which Hussain shares and discusses some of the most influential recordings in his life, from childhood to today.

Featuring a Headline Artist performance plus:

Opening Act: A D.C.-based artist (TBA) selected by Zakir Hussain opens the show before joining Hussain for the Headline set.

Linger Longer: “Zakir Hussain Listening Party,” in which the maestro plays and discusses some of the most important recordings in his life, from childhood to today.

Additional components TBA

Single-Event Price: $25

Presented by Washington Performing Arts.

Premiere: April 30, 2021 at 8pm ET, Streaming for ticketbuyers and subscribers through May 6, 2021.


April 30, 2021
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
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