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7:30 pm – Zakir Hussain & Rahul Sharma (at Rio Theatre)

Sunday, April 30 @ 7:30 PM

Master musicians Zakir Hussain and Rahul Sharma conjure up a magical sound whenever and wherever they perform. The intrepid duo has been teaming up for concerts since recording their debut CD Rhythm of Love in 2010. Hussain’s expressive tabla drumming matched with Sharma’s virtuosic command of the santoor (a Kashmiri instrument similar to the hammer dulcimer) makes for a stunning combination of improvisational talent. Even though the santoor and tabla are normally associated with classical Indian music, Rahul and Zakir are renowned for pioneering the use of their respective instruments in contemporary formats. Hussain, the son of legendary tabla master Alla Rakha, is well-known for promoting “world music” and encouraging musical projects across cultural boundaries. Some of his more popular collaborations include percussionist Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum, guitarist John McLaughlin of Shakti and saxophone great Charles Lloyd. Sharma, the son of Indian musician Shivkumar Sharma (who brought the almost forgotten santoor to prominence in Indian music of the ’50s), continues to champion the santoor’s creative versatility in the 21st Century with a prolific output that includes over sixty albums and movie soundtracks.

Gold Circle Section: $55/Adv  $65/Day of Show;   General Admission: $35/Adv $45/Day of Show
*Gold Circle Section: 1st 10 rows
No Comp Tix or Gift Certificates
(5% city tax and service charge not included)
Doors at 6:30 pm


Sunday, April 30
7:30 PM
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Rio Theatre
1205 Soquel Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062 United States
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