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HindustanTimes Fri,18 Apr 2014

It is a celebration of my father’s teachings: Fazal Qureshi

Soumya Vajpayee, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, April 27, 2013
First Published: 19:03 IST(27/4/2013) | Last Updated: 01:23 IST(28/4/2013)

Renowned tabla player and percussionist Fazal Qureshi couldn’t have given a more fitting tribute to his late father and guru, Ustad Allahrakha Khan. To mark the 94th birth anniversary of the tabla maestro, Qureshi is organising a fusion concert titled The Journey Continues, that will feature rhythms from around the globe.

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Talking about the concert and how it is different from the Barsi (death anniversary) concert that he and his brothers — Ustad Khan’s sons organise every year, Qureshi says, “The Barsi concert we organise for Abba is more of homage, where as this one is a celebration of my father’s teachings, his philosophy and music. Its title signifies that even though he is no more, he’s alive through his teachings.”

The recital will showcase multiple rhythm genres from across the world. These include Indian classical (tabla, mridangam and sarangi), African (djembe), western (jazz and latin rhythms) and the Indian folk. “The concert will start with a djembe recital that will represent the African style, which is simple and comes straight from the heart. This would be followed by north Indian style of rhythm on the tabla and south Indian one on the mridangam,” says Qureshi.

The post-interval session will feature western percussions followed by Indian folk rhythms. “The finale of the concert will have a jam session by all the percussionists,” says he.

Qureshi will also launch his new album, Leylines, at the concert. “The album has brought together musicians from three different music backgrounds. Anders Hagberg, a saxophonist and flautist from Sweden, will be representing western jazz; Ahmad Al Khatib will represent the Arabic world on oudh (string instrument from middle east), and I will be playing the tabla, representing the Indian style.”

The concert will be held on April 30, at the Nehru Centre, 6.45 pm onwards.
Entry is free.
Call 88060 71369 for more details.

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