Ustad Zakir Hussain promises magical night of music at the “ResonanZ” concert in Dubai

Published February 9th, 2006 - 01:47 GMT

India’s tabla virtuoso Ustad Zakir Hussain will be leading a troupe of internationally renowned musicians at the spectacular  ResonanZ concert to be held on February 18 at the Madinat Jumeirah Arena,  that will bring under one roof a kaleidoscope of classical, jazz and fusion music.

Speaking at a luncheon hosted in his honour at the Al Bustan Rotana Hotel in Dubai, Ustad Zakir Hussain said that the concert was aimed at using the fascinating sounds of percussion to support worldwide efforts to bring about global peace.

The show, which will commence at 9.30pm, is conceived by the Dubai-based Transworld Group, a leading shipping / logistics company that has been at the forefront of promoting classical art and entertainment in the UAE, and presented in Dubai by ING Asia Private Bank, one of the top private banks in the region.

Ustad Zakir Hussain, who is regarded as a phenomenon, both in the field of percussion and in the music world, said: “Music plays a crucial role in promoting peace and harmony across the world. As Dubai is home to people from a myriad of nationalities and cultures that have been co-existing peacefully for many years, it is the perfect platform from where we can combine and launch this musical message for peace and harmony”.

He added: “I am bringing with me a troupe of superbly skilled musicians who are all longing to put on a scintillating display at this concert. We are all enthusiastic and excited about performing in Dubai, a city that has given immense support to the performing and fine arts. We can promise an electrifying night of percussion magic”.

Widely considered a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement, Zakir Hussain is acclaimed worldwide as a genius in his field. Son of the legendary tabla master Ustad Allah Rakha Khan, Zakir’s contribution to world music features many historic collaborations including Shakti, which he founded with John McLaughlin and L. Shankar; the Diga Rhythm Band; Planet Drum with Mickey Hart; and recordings and performances with artists as diverse as George Harrison, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison, Airto Moreira, Giovanni Hidalgo, Pharoah Sanders, Billy Cobham and Charles Lloyd.

The concert of rhythm and melody in Dubai will also feature other renowned percussionists including drummer extraordinaire Terry Bozzio, who has worked closely, and for several years with the legendary Frank Zappa, Ustad Sultan Khan,  India’s  celebrated sarangi player, Abbos Kosimov, Uzbekistan’s flamboyant tambournist and the irrepressible and vibrant Fazal Qureshi, a strong favourite with Dubai audiences. India’s Kala Ramnath, an accomplished violinist who has worked on several prestigious world music and fusion projects, Salim Merchant, acclaimed Bollywood music director and musical genius on the keyboard and Vijay Chauhan, a famed exponent of the dholak, the Indian double-sided drum, lending earthy ethnic tones to an exquisite world music event.

Ramesh Ramakrishnan, Chairman of the Transworld Group said: “We are happy to have with us in this great city a classical music great who has charmed millions worldwide with his innovative and highly talented skills.  A genius of the calibre of Ustad Zakir Hussain has not only got to be treasured but also proudly
showcased to an international audience. He returns to Dubai yet again to regale connoisseurs of the fine arts, this time with a troupe of international artistes whose cultures are as diverse as the instruments they play”.

Y. N Nagendra, Managing Director, Global Head of India Marketing, ING Asia Private Bank said: ” We are looking forward to presenting this prestigious event. Dubai is a vibrant city, and we are proud to be a part of its business and cultural landscape. The ResonanZ concert featuring artistes from all over the world truly symbolizes the energy and spirit of this fascinating city” .

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