These legendary performers return to the George Weston Recital Hall stage on Thursday, March 28th, performing together in Toronto for the first time in five years. Pandit Shivkumar Sharma is the absolute master of Indian santoor, and has been performing with Zakir Hussain, the most respected Indian tabla player, for over 40 years. These two revered masters of their crafts come together for a must-see performance in the great tradition of classical music of North India.
Pandit Shivkumar Sharma is the world’s greatest living player of the santoor, and has single-handedly made it a popular classical instrument in India and the world. The santoor, played by striking the strings with a pair of curved hammers, is known in India as the ‘hundred-stringed lute.” Through re-designing and redefining his instrument, Sharma has hugely developed the history of the santoor and is responsible for introducing the previously little-known Kashmiri folk instrument to the classical concert halls of India, as well the rest of the world.
A classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order, Zakir Hussain’s intuition and masterful improvisational dexterity in the field of percussion, and the music world at large, have established him as an international phenomenon. With titles such as musical producer, film actor and composer, it’s Hussain’s skill on the tabla that has been exciting and enthralling audiences since his beginning his music career at the age of seven and first touring at the early age of twelve. Hussain has continued his father Ustad Allah Rakha’s quest for bringing the music of India to the international stage and revolutionizing Indian percussion, winning the 1992 “Best World Music Album” Grammy for the album Zakir Hussain And The Rhythm Experience and recording with a wide variety of artists such as Ravi Shankar, George Harrison, Van Morrison, Tito Puente, and Pharaoh Saunders.
Click below to see a preview of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma & Zakir Hussain:
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