UW Ethnomusicology Archives concert recordings: Krishna Bhatt and Zakir Hussain, 1986-10-11  PDF

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Sercombe, Laurel; University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
UW Ethnomusicology Archives concert recordings: Krishna Bhatt and Zakir Hussain
2 items  :  86-42.1-2 OT- 2 vcts (digital audio recording)(VHS, sp, stereo); 86-42.3-6 EC- 4 reels (7 1/2 ips, 1/2 tr. stereo, 7"); 86-42.1-2 WT - 2 DATs (digital, stereo); Duration: 2:14:00
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Recorded at the University of Washington, Kane Hall 130, 10-11-86, 8 p.m.; co-sponsored by the UW Ethnomusicology Division and Ragamala.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-0974
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Born in Bombay (now Mumbai), India on March 9, 1951, Zakir Hussain is a percussionist and tabla player. Hussain began studying music at the age of three with his father, the late Ustad Alla Rakha. He presented his debut performance in Bombay at age 15, providing tabla accompaniment for the master of the Indian santur, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma. Hussain's rise to fame was rapid and sustained, leading to international renown after he traveled to the United States in 1970. His first US public performance came as accompanist to Pandit Ravi Shankar. By age 20 he had become one of the most sought-after tabla accompanists; his virtuosic playing also led to collaborations with popular musicians such as drummer Mickey Hart of The Grateful Dead and guitarist John MacLaughlin, whose Mahavishnu Orchestra had fused elements of Indian classical music with rock and jazz. Hussain stands out for his work in creating fusions of Indian music with Western popular idioms, a practice that has grown into a major stream of activity for a large number of Indian musicians. The first of these efforts to receive widespread recognition was Shakti, a group consisting of MacLaughlin, violinist L. Shankar, and South Indian percussionists Ramnad Raghavan and T.H. "Tikku" Vinayakram. While Shakti retained acoustic instrumentation, Hussain's later fusion projects such as Planet Drum, with Mickey Hart (later reincarnated as the Global Drum Project), Tabla Beat Science, and The Diga Rhythm Band often included electric instruments and synthesizers. Hussain also has provided music for film, including Ismail Merchant's In Custody and The Mystic Masseur and Bernardo Bertolucci's The Little Buddha, and for dance companies, most notably Alonzo King's Lines Ballet. He has received numerous prestigious honors and awards, including the Indo-American Award (1990), the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1991), the Government of India bestowed titles of Padma Shree (1988) and Padma Bhushan (2002), and the NEA National Heritage Fellowship (1999).

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Original recorded by Stuart Goosman and Laurel Sercombe with Panasonic PV-6000 vcr, PCM-F1 digital audio processor, Neumann KM-84 mics (2 cardioids).

Performers: Krishna Bhatt/sitar; Zakir Hussain/tabla; Katherine Jackson/tanpura.

Durations of analog reel copies: 27:00, 43:46, 20:41, 42:08.

Documentation: Concert flyer, diagram of mic placement.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Concerts
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Sitar
  • Tabla
  • Video recordings in ethnomusicology
  • Geographical Names :
  • Asia
  • India--Asia--South Asia
  • North India
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Video recordings
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Bhatt, Krishna (instrumentalist)
    • Hussain, Zakir (performer)
    • Jackson, Katherine (instrumentalist)