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Golden Strings of the Sarode (MRCD 1022)
The eldest son of Maestro Ali Akbar Khan presents both rare and popular raags, described in his own words in authentic and moving liner notes. He is joined by his musical colleague Zakir Hussain, with whom he has enjoyed 30 years of making music. Moment Records is proud to present this audiophile-quality recording.
Selects (MRCD 1021)
Zakir Hussain's "Selects" presents the maestro's own selections from some of his favorite tabla solos of the past several years, recorded live in concert. Celebrating the work of his beloved father and teacher, Ustad Allarakha, the recording presents 6 tracks described in liner notes written by Zakir. This CD is Zakir's first tabla solo recording for Moment Records, presenting the astounding rhythmic virtuosity of one of the greatest performers of our time. The recording presents the selections in the order that one would hear them in a full solo performance. They have been edited and described by Zakir for the convenience of the listener. Lehara accompaniment is by two great musicians, Ustad Sultan Khan on sarangi and Shri Appa Jalgaonkar on harmonium.
ZAKIR HUSSAIN UPDATE
Zakir Hussain has been awarded the title of "Padma Bhushan" by the President of India, in recognition of his artistic excellence and the great contribution he has made in the field of music. Announced on January 26, 2002, (Republic Day), the honor was bestowed on Zakir in New Delhi two months later in a ceremony attended by the Prime Minister and many dignitaries. Zakir was honored along with Ismail Merchant, Pandit Kishan Maharaj and Smt. Gangubai Hangal, among others.
2002 saw the release of Merchant-Ivory's "Mystic Masseur", and Rahul Bose's "Everybody Says I'm Fine", both with music direction by Zakir. In April, the debut of Zakir's composition for the Silk Road Project was performed by Zakir with cellist YoYo Ma and other musicians as they accompanied the Mark Morris Dance Company in the piece "Kolam". The piece will have its East Coast premiere in late March, 2003, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
As usual, Zakir conducted summer tabla classes, this year teaching intermediate and advanced levels for four weeks. Zakir traveled to Europe this summer with his family, but did not attend the premiere (at the Locarno Film Festival) of another film for which he had scored music, "Mr. & Mrs. Iyer".
Zakir collaborates with hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris and PureMovement for performances in October, 2002, in Philadelphia.