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Zakir Hussain - India / USA

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About Pallavi

Rehearsal Note:
This piece includes an optional backing track, which consists of a tabla track (performed by Zakir Hussain) and a drone on A. If you decide to perform Pallavi with the backing track, there are several audio tracks, available here, for rehearsal and performance purposes, as follows:

- Tabla + Drone + Bells: This is a rehearsal track with both tabla and drone, plus bells to mark each rehearsal letter/landmark
        - Tabla + Drone + Bells time code worksheet is included for track navigation
- Tabla + Bells: This is a rehearsal track with only tabla, plus bells to mark each rehearsal letter/landmark
        - the Tabla + Drone + Bells time code worksheet referenced above may also be used to navigate this track
- Tabla + Drone: This is the backing track to be used in performances
- Drone Only: This is a rehearsal track with the isolated drone for intonation practice
- Tabla Only: This is a rehearsal track with isolated tabla

You may also use the Drone Only and Tabla Only files to create your own version of the performance track according to the mix/balance you prefer.

See the PDF below for more rehearsal and performance notes.

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Program Notes

About Pallavi, Zakir Hussain writes:

“’Pallavi’ is the ancient Carnatic word for composition. Each raga would have at least 100 traditional compositions of this type. The piece as written follows the prescribed format of the ancient Pallavi in which there is first Pallavi, then Anu Pallavi followed by Charnam. There is another section known as Chittaswaran, which is not being explored here. In this piece, the departure from the system is that, unlike the traditional Pallavi based in one raga, I have used 4 different ragas and tried to find a way to give each instrument its own personality with a raga assigned just for it. By doing so I hoped to address the Western system which employs counterpoint and harmony, through the multi-tonal play of the 4 ragas working in tandem in certain passages. There is also interplay between different rhythm cycles (Tala) using 4, 6, 9, and 16 beats, each assigned to an instrument in the quartet. I believe this is the first attempt of this kind and I am sure there will be some difficult moments for the Indian purists, but my hope is that, in spite of any first-time problems, the piece will come together.”

Special thanks to Alex Kelly for his help in developing Zakir Hussain's Pallavi.

About Zakir Hussain

The pre-eminent classical tabla virtuoso of our time, Zakir Hussain is appreciated both in the field of percussion and in the music world at large as an international phenomenon. A national treasure in his native India, he is one of the world’s most esteemed and influential musicians, renowned for his genre-defying collaborations.

Widely considered a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement, Hussain’s contribution has been unique, with many historic and groundbreaking collaborations, including Shakti, Remember Shakti, Masters of Percussion, the Diga Rhythm Band, Planet Drum, Tabla BeatScience, Sangam with Charles Lloyd and Eric Harland, in trio with Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer and, most recently, with Herbie Hancock. The foremost disciple of his father, the legendary Ustad Allarakha, Hussain was a child prodigy who began his professional career at the age of 12, touring internationally with great success by the age of 18.

As a composer, he has scored music for numerous feature films, major events, and productions. He has composed two concertos, and his third, the first-ever concerto for tabla and orchestra, was premiered in India in September 2015, premiered in Europe and the UK in 2016, and in the USA in April, 2017, by the National Symphony Orchestra at Kennedy Center. A Grammy award winner, he is the recipient of countless awards and honors, including Padma Bhushan, National Heritage Fellowship and Officier in France’s Order of Arts and Letters. In 2015, he was voted “Best Percussionist” by both the Downbeat Critics’ Poll and Modern Drummer’s Reader’s Poll.

As an educator, he conducts many workshops and lectures each year, has been in residence at Princeton University and Stanford University, and, in 2015, was appointed Regents Lecturer at UC Berkeley. He is the founder and president of Moment Records, an independent record label presenting rare live concert recordings of Indian classical music and world music. Hussain was resident artistic director at SFJAZZ from 2013 until 2016.

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