“I’m so lucky to have these great musicians come to join me. It’s like throwing a party and having my friends meet my other friends, and seeing what takes place –that’s the excitement and challenge that I’m enjoying.” ~ Zakir Hussain
Zakir Hussain • The SFJazz Sessions • Total Time 3:00:22
This DVD tells the story of four extraordinary nights (and days) showcasing the formidable talents and genre-bending collaborations of peerless tabla virtuoso/percussionist/composer Zakir Hussain, in concert with some of his favorite musicians. Filmed and recorded in March, 2013, during the historic inaugural season of The San Francisco Jazz Center, these sessions highlight the consummate virtuosity and improvisational genius of one of the world’s greatest musicians and the easy, personable charisma which have made Zakir an international celebrity. The presentation of the music is interwoven with insightful interviews, personal commentary and intimate glimpses of life, offstage and backstage, of the phenomenal artists who came together during the sessions.
With Bela Fleck, banjo • Edgar Meyer, bass • Steve Smith, drums • Giovanni Hidalgo, conga • Eric Harland, drums • Ganesh Rajagopalan, violin • Rakesh Chaurasia, flute • Niladri Kumar, sitar • George Brooks, saxophone • Antonia Minnecola, Kathak dance • Molly Holm, vocal • Dana Pandey, tabla • Osam Ezzeldin, keyboard • Sanket Acharya, tabla • Salar Nader, tabla.
Mixdown Engineer: Mujeeb Dadarkar • Edited by Jake Richmond and George Rosenfeld.
Directed by Anisa Qureshi and Taylor Phillips – A Moment Records and Route 66 AR Production