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Zakir Hussain, Red Baraat, Falu

RED BARAAT

ZAKIR HUSSAIN

FALU’S BOLLYWOOD ORCHESTRA

AUG 21 | 7:30 PM

Red Baraat is a pioneering band from Brooklyn, New York. Conceived by dhol player Sunny Jain, the group has drawn worldwide praise for its singular sound, a merging of hard driving North Indian bhangra with elements of hip-hop, jazz, and raw punk energy. Created with no less a purposeful agenda than manifesting joy and unity in all people, Red Baraat’s spirit is worn brightly on its sweaty and hard-worked sleeve.

Red Baraat’s 2018 album, Sound The People, hit the Top 10 on the World Music Charts Europe and was heralded in the U.S. as the anthem soundtrack for the South Asian diaspora by U.S. hipster, indie-rock magazine, Stereogum.

The band’s most recent highlight performances include headlining Peter Gabriel’s renowned WOMAD Festival in Cáceres, putting on a show for 10,000 fans in Spain, performing at the Vienna Konzerthaus (Philharmonie) in Austria, pumping up the crowd at Sines Festival in Portugal, and selling out several club shows. 

The release of Red Baraat’s second album, Shruggy Ji (2013), debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard World Music charts and propelled the band on a world tour that has yet to stop. They have performed at Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, WOMAD, globalFEST, Lincoln Center, New Orleans Jazz Fest, along with clubs, theatres, and arts centers. Along the way, they sold out rooms as diverse as the Luxembourg Philharmonic and the New York City’s legendary rock club Bowery Ballroom. Red Baraat has also performed at the request of the White House under the Obama Administration, TED, and the 2012 Olympic Games in London. 

But even as it’s clear that Red Baraat has built a startling history of performances in iconic settings, the band’s bread and butter remains the sweaty clubs, festivals, packed performing arts centers, and college auditoriums that keep the band busy on the road all over the world. It’s here where Red Baraat does what it does best—communing with their audience in a joyful, near hedonistic celebration of music and dance, which tellingly, draws a crowd even more diverse than the players on stage.

The universality of what Red Baraat does is undeniable. And this is no happy accident. It is the product of intention and design. Says Jain, “The band…our songs…are addressing the multiplicity of viewpoints,” says Jain. “There’s ‘Zindabad,’ which means ‘Long Live’ in Hindi. In that song, we’re saying that we celebrate life, we celebrate devotion—but we also celebrate agitation and revolution. If we can unite people of all backgrounds and ethnicities to partake in the exuberance of life through the universal language of music, then life is that much sweeter.”

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 and one of the world’s most esteemed and influential musicians. 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, accompanying India’s greatest classical musicians and dancers and touring internationally with great success by the age of 18. His brilliant accompaniment, solo performance and genre-defying collaborations, including his pioneering work to develop a dialogue between North and South Indian musicians, have elevated the status of his instrument both in India and globally—work begun a generation earlier by his father—bringing the tabla into a new dimension of renown and appreciation.

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, Planet Drum, and Global Drum Project with Mickey Hart; Tabla Beat Science and Sangam with Charles Lloyd and Eric Harland; and CrossCurrents with Dave Holland and Chris Potter, in trio with Béla Fleck and Edgar Meyer, and in quartet with Herbie Hancock.

As a composer, he has scored music for numerous feature films, major events, and productions. He has composed three concertos, and his third, the first-ever concerto for tabla and orchestra, was premiered in India in September 2015, by the Symphony Orchestra of India, 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, Hussain is the recipient of countless awards and honors, including Padma Bhushan, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, the USA’s National Heritage Fellowship, and Officier in France’s Order of Arts and Letters. Voted “Best Percussionist” by both the Downbeat Critics’ Poll and Modern Drummer’s Reader’s Poll over several years including 2020, Hussain was honored in 2018 by the Montreal Jazz Festival with their Antonio Carlos Jobim Award. In 2019, Hussain was named a Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellow and received two honorary doctorates, one from Berklee College of Music and the other from Indira Kala Sangit University in Khairagarh, India.

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 UCBerkeley. His yearly workshop in the San Francisco Bay Area, conducted for the past 30 years, has become a widely anticipated event for performers and serious students of tabla. He is the founder and president of Moment Records, an independent record label presenting rare live recordings of Indian classical music and world music. Hussain was resident artistic director at SFJazz from 2013 until 2016, and was honored with SF Jazz’s Lifetime Achievement Award on January 18, 2017, in recognition of his “unparalleled contribution to the world of music.”

FALU’S BOLLYWOOD ORCHESTRA

Falu is a Grammy-nominated, internationally recognized artist known for her ability to seamlessly blend a modern inventive style with classically shaped Indian vocals. Rigorously trained in the Jaipur tradition and the Benares style of Thumrie, she studied with legendary teachers including Kaumudi Munshi, Ustad Sultan Kha, and Smt. Kishori Amonkar. Her collaborators include Yo-Yo Ma, Wyclef Jean, Philip Glass, Ricky Martin, Blues Traveler, and A. R. Rahman. She was appointed Carnegie Hall’s Ambassador of Indian Music (2006) and performed for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House (2009). Falu was named one of the 20 Most Influential Global Indian Women by the Economic Times of India (2015) and won the Women Icons of India award in Mumbai, India (2018). She is committed to introducing children to the wonders of the world through her Grammy-nominated kids project, Falu’s Bazaar, as well as through her artist-in-residence position at Carnegie Hall.


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Wolf Trap 2021 Season Underwriters

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