Watch Zakir Hussain, Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer This Sunday
We told you about Zakir Hussain’s collaborative concert with banjo player Bela Fleck, and double bass player Edgar Meyer in our list of gigs to look forward to in the first quarter of 2013. In case you can’t get a ticket for the performance, which is part of the Symphony Orchestra of India’s February season of concerts, then you’ll be pleased to know that there’s a chance to watch the trio for free at the Shanmukhananda Auditorium on Sunday, February 3, when they will perform, from 6.30pm, in the evening session of the annual concert organised by Hussain and his brothers, Fazal and Taufiq Qureshi, in memory of their father, tabla legend Alla Rakha Khan. The event will, like always, comprise three segments and will begin at 6.30am with a percussion ensemble comprising students of the Allarakha Institute of Music. This morning session will also feature a solo recital by surbahar player Kartick Kumar and a duet between mandolin player U Shrinivas and Hussain. Performances by Uzbeki doira (frame drum) player Abbos Kosimov, tabla player Fazal Qureshi, and mridangam players Palghat Rajamani Iyer and Kamalakar Rao make up the afternoon session, which starts at 11.30am. As is tradition, a jam session led by Hussain and featuring some of the guest artists will close out the evening session. Passes, which will be available from Rhythm House in Kala Ghoda, Maharashtra Watch Co. in Dadar and at the venue from Friday, February 1, tend to run out fast. If you don’t make it to any of these three spots before Sunday, queueing up early on the day of the event usually gets you a seat in the balcony.