Zakir HussainKala Ramnath and Jayanthi Kumaresh will reunite for the first time as a trio for the 2022 Triveni Tour. They will make a stop at The Egg in Albany on Sunday, April 10 at 3 p.m., as part of The Egg’s Rhythm International series.
These leading classical Indian exponents of their respective instruments – tabla, fiddle and Saraswati veena – are each equally recognized as a virtuoso collaborator, pioneer and educator, advancing the art of their particular instruments to remarkable levels within the context of their classical traditions and beyond.
The musicians have been honored in India and abroad with numerous awards, and each has successfully toured the world with their own acclaimed solo projects.
The name Triveni derives from the mythical site of the union of three sacred rivers in India, and the name well represents the confluence of the varied musicalities that the three maestros bring to this collaboration. A mark of Zakir HussainDe’s signature career has been his groundbreaking work at the forefront of brilliant musical dialogues between Hindustani (North Indian) and Carnatic (South Indian) music.
With Kala Ramnathan innovative representative of the North Indian raga tradition, Jayanthi Kumareshthe leading exponent of ancient South Indian veena, and Zakir Hussain seamlessly stitching the rhythmic traditions of North and South India to provide a bridge for veena and fiddle to meet, Triveni promises to be a smooth, joyous and entirely original musical conversation, a first-class sound experience.
The eminent classical tabla virtuoso of our time, Zakir Hussain is revered as one of the world’s most esteemed and influential musicians, one whose mastery of his percussion instrument has taken him to a new level transcending the national cultures and borders. Along with his legendary father and teacher, Ustad Allarakha, he elevated the status of tabla in India and around the world.
He is the recipient of countless awards, including two Grammys, Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri and Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters of France. Elected “Best percussionist” by the Downbeat Poll of critics and modern drummer‘s Reader’s Poll over several years, Zakir received the Lifetime Achievement Award from SFJazz at their 2017 gala for his “unprecedented contribution to the world of music”.
Maestro Kala Ramnath with his “Singing Violin” ranks among the best and most inspiring instrumentalists in the world. More importantly in an Indian context, in May 2017, she was awarded the illustrious Sangeet Natak Academy Puraskar for her violin contributions in Hindustani classical music.
Born into a dynasty of prodigious musical talent, which gave Indian music such violin legends as her paternal uncle, Prof. TN Krishnan and her paternal aunt, Dr. N. Rajam, Kala’s violinistic vision began to show up early. Recognizing her innate talent, her shrewd grandfather, Vidwan A. Narayan Iyer, took her under his guardianship.
Recognized as a virtuoso of staggering proportions, Kala has performed at India’s most prestigious music festivals. She has performed on stages around the world such as the Sydney Opera House, the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, the Esplanade in Singapore, the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Rudolstadt Festival in Germany and the Edinburgh Music Festival in Scotland.
Dr Jayanthi Kumaresh
With his spellbinding glides, the timing and purity of his notes and his moving playing, Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh has captivated audiences around the world for thirty years and is one of the leading performers of Veena (roughly, the Indian lute) today. today.
Apart from several prestigious venues and festivals in India, Jayanthi has performed at many international festivals including San Francisco Jazz Festival, Darbar Festival, Queensland Music Festival, Darwin Music Festival and Festival of Adelaide, and in prestigious venues such as the United Nations in New York, the Palladium, Indiana, the Theater de la Ville, Paris, and the Northwest Folklife Festival, Seattle.
Blending the traditional and the innovative in his music in terms of content, technique, virtuosity and expression, Jayanthi seeks to express the true voice of the Veena, which transcends the boundaries of language and region.
Tickets for the show The Egg by Triveni are available here.
Triveni Tour Dates
|03/24/2022||Mount Baker||Bellingham, WA|
|03/26/2022||Seattle Theater Group||Seattle, WA|
|03/29/2022||Instrument Museum||Phoenix, Arizona|
|02/04/2022||University of Wyoming||Laramie, W.Y.|
|05/04/2022||Walton Center for the Arts||Fayetteville, AR|
|04/07/2022||University of Pennsylvania||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|08/04/2022||McCarter Theater||Princeton, New Jersey|
|09/04/2022||NJPAC||Newark, New Jersey|
|04/10/2022||the egg||Albany, NY|
|04/12/2022||Pittsburgh Cultural Arts||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|
|04/17/2022||World Arts Live||Somerville, Mass.|
|04/19/2022||Davidson Theater||Columbus, Ohio|
|04/20/2022||Cleveland Museum of Art||Cleveland, Ohio|
|04/23/2022||Indian classical music circle||Austin, TX|
|04/24/2022||Wortham Center||Houston, TX|