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The Melody Of Rhythm Concerto Comes To India

Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain, and Edgar Meyer will bring their concerto to the country for the first time, aided by the Symphony Orchestra of India.

24 Jan, 2013

Abhimanyu Meer


As part of the Symphony Orchestra of India’s 2013 Concert Season at Mumbai’s National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), the acclaimed Melody Of Rhythm trio comprising tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, master banjoist Bela Fleck, and double bass player Edgar Meyer, will premiere their live concert for the first time in India.

Bela Fleck is widely regarded as one of the world’s most inventive banjo pluckers, and is renowned for his involvement in Bela Fleck & The Flecktones and New Grass Revival. Both bands have benefited from Fleck’s ability to fuse bluegrass with jazz and world music styles to create sounds that blur the lines between bluegrass, progressive folk, jazz fusion, but also keep the integrities of each genre intact.

Zakir Hussain, undoubtedly one of the greatest tabla players to ever walk the earth, is a household name in India, a recipient of both the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awards (not to mention a few Grammys), and a pioneer in merging Indian classical percussion with world music. He is also a member of the legendary, now-on-hiatus jazz fusion quintet Shakti, along with guitarist John McLaughlin.

Edgar Meyer is an American multi-instrumentalist, composer, and sessions musician known for his technical proficiency on the double bass (upright bass), and has worked in the past with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, James Taylor, Alison Krauss, and Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, among others.

Together, the trio came together in 2009 to record The Melody Of Rhythm: Triple Concerto (composed by Zakir Hussain; buy it here) with the help of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. It’s hard to really classify the album, since it brings together the dynamics of three different musical instruments and an orchestral backing, but it comes together like a textural dream to showcase the best of the worlds of bluegrass, jazz, Indian classical music, and orchestral music, and is held together by clear intent and virtuosity. And quite importantly, the trio’s music is accessible to lovers of all genres of music.

The three masters will come together to perform the concerto in India for the for the very first time on February 22, backed by the Symphony Orchestra of India (conducted by Zane Dalal), and it promises to be a highlight of the 2013 concert season.

Tickets to the Symphony Orchestra of India series of shows can be bought here, and more information on SOI’s other performances at the NCPA in the month of February can be found on their official website. Stream ‘The Melody Of Rhythm, Movement 1′ off the album, below.

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