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The Virtuoso


Wednesday, April 3, 2013
8:00 PM–9:30 PM

Tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain explores how rhythm is the most primal sense we humans possess with neuroscientist Seth Horowitz.
“One of the foremost percussionists in the jazz and world music, Zakir Hussain has been described an an ‘encyclopedia of tabla’. Zakir is a byword of rhythmicality, a master/model of eloquence in rhythm… recognized unequivocally as the foremost tabla player of his generation. – JazzWise, June 2003
Ticket price includes a pre-program gallery tour of the exhibition Radical Terrain.

About the Speakers

Zakir Hussain is today appreciated both in the field of percussion and in the music world at large as an international phenomenon. A classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order, his consistently brilliant and exciting performances have not only established him as a national treasure in his own country, India, but gained him worldwide fame. His playing is marked by uncanny intuition and masterful improvisational dexterity, founded in formidable knowledge and study. The favorite accompanist for many of India’s greatest classical musicians and dancers, he has not let his genius rest there. Widely considered a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement, Zakir’s contribution to world music has been unique, with many historic collaborations and recordings and performances with artists as diverse as George Harrison, YoYo Ma, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison, Airto Moreira, Pharoah Sanders, Billy Cobham, Mark Morris, Rennie Harris, and the Kodo drummers.
Seth S. Horowitz, Ph.D. is a neuroscientist whose work in comparative and human hearing, balance and sleep research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and NASA. He has taught classes in animal behavior, neuroethology, brain development, the biology of hearing, and the musical mind. As chief neuroscientist at NeuroPop, Inc., he applies basic research to real world auditory applications and works extensively on educational outreach with The Engine Institute, a non-profit devoted to exploring the intersection between science and the arts. His book “The Universal Sense: How Hearing Shapes the Mind” was released by Bloomsbury in September 2012.
Photo courtesy of Susana Millman

About Brainwave: Illusion

The Buddha said that everything is illusion. What did he mean by that? This sixth edition of Brainwave will enlist the aid of neuroscientists to help us understand how the perception of our world is shaped by the surprising adaptability of our brains. Brainwave includes talks, special film screenings followed by discussions, interactive workshops, and much more!
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