Thursday, April 7, 2016
Master of modern percussion Zakir Hussain dazzles on the tablas at the Bob Carr
By Jessica Bryce Young
on Thu, Apr 7, 2016 at 10:37 AM
7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9 | Bob Carr Theater, 401 W. Livingston St. | 844-513-2014 | drphillipscenter.org
Does he bear a faint resemblance to Fred Armisen? He does, Portlandia fans, but try not to be distracted by it; this show is not another Armisen prank in the vein of his “Jens Hannemann’s Complicated Drumming Technique” bit. Zakir Hussain is the real deal, a living treasure and a supreme master of the tabla who’s played with other virtuosi ranging from Bela Fleck to Yo Yo Ma. Every other year he tours with a hand-picked supergroup of other badass drummers – some Indian, some not – that he rather matter-of-factly calls the Masters of Percussion. This year he’s accompanied on his tabla by specialists on the dholak, tavil and taiko drums. Even if you know nothing about classical percussion, the dizzying patterns and rhythms pulsating through the theater will turn you into a beat junkie by the end of the night.