The Zakir Hussain Workshop, presented by the Weill
Music Institute at Carnegie Hall from April 13–19, 2009, was a chance
for experienced musicians of any instrument and style to expand their
existing knowledge through the guidance of tabla maestro Ustad Zakir
Hussain and his colleagues. The diverse group of participants, playing
everything from bassoon and marimba to guitar and congas, attended
several workshops in which the details and method through which Indian
Classical Music is practiced and learned, and ultimately improvised
upon, were addressed in a hands–on format.
The goal was to help students bridge the gap between their own traditions and Zakir Hussain's
expertise in the ideas of Raga (Indian Classical Melody) and Tala
(Indian Classical Rhythm). The participants exercised freedom through
improvisation, and were challenged with structures through compositions
and fixed ideas drawn directly from the traditions of Indian Classical
Music. These participants, many of whom had little previous experience
with Indian music, gained valuable skills and creative ideas that Zakir
Hussain hopes will inspire them to reach further with their own music
and embrace taking risks musically.
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