COSTA MESA, CA – An international phenomenon in the world of music took place here at Renee & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall on April 1 when Grammy award winning tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain master minded a fusion of Indian and Celtic rhythms and sounds - Pulse of the World.
Tabla genius Hussain’s cross-cultural project combined a group of master Indian musicians with artists from the Celtic tradition while discovering their shared language—music. The harmonious blend of sonorities from these disparate cultures provided a musical experience that explored common threads with sounds rarely heard combined together.
Hussain said the concept took shape first in 2011 during his appearance in Glasgow with an esteemed cast of Celtic musicians.”It’s fresh music sparked by the humanity of those involved,” he added. Artists who performed during the concert were Zakir Hussain on tabla; Rakesh Chaurasia on bamboo flute; Fraser Fifield on flute/pipes;Jean-Michel Veillon on flute; Ganesh Rajagopalan on violin; Charlie McKerron and Patsy Reid; on fiddle, Tony Byrne on guitar and John Joe Kelly on bodhran.
The evening started with a graceful piece of music from the piper which was coupled with other musical instruments. The beautiful and flowing melodies of Celtic instruments,including the bodhran, fiddles, pipes, and flutes joined in with the tabla, bamboo flute, and violin to provide an amazing musical feast to the 800 music lovers packed in the hall.
Each music piece portrayed the emotions of the region of its origin. A piece of music from the north- western part of France narrated a story of dispute between a mother and daughter ending in reconciliation.The flow of the music explained the conversation better than any language in the world. Rajagopalan reciprocated to Veillon flute in his alaap. The collective improvisation between the tabla and the bodhran seemed as if both the musical instruments were in conversation with each other, interspersed with Rakesh Chaurasia on the bamboo flute who created an atmosphere of peace. The audience also witnessed an un-matched jugalbandi between the flute and bamboo flute, violin and tabla and flute and tabla. It seemed as if music from one tradition was having a heart- to- heart conversation with music from the other tradition and all barriers of culture,and language were dissolved.