Sat Apr 29, 08:00 PM 2006 (US/Pacific)
Today's pre-eminent classical tabla (a pair of single-headed tuned kettle drums) maestro, and a chief architect of the world music movement, Zakir Hussain has made unprecedented strides in bringing his instrument to a global audience. He is widely considered an international phenomenon, and his consistently brilliant performances have established him as one of India's most renowned cultural ambassadors. Masters of Percussion is an outgrowth of Hussain's memorable tours with his father, the legendary Ustad Allarakha. The group has enjoyed successful tours in the West since 1996, with concerts featuring a thrilling display of drumming from both Hindustani (North Indian) and Carnatic (South Indian) classical traditions.