“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Friday, March 23, 2012

Zakir Hussein Gig Last Night

It's going to be very hard to describe this so it may take a few posts. Here are some initial thoughts about Zakir Hussein's Masters of Percussion at the Mondavi Center, a beautiful concert hall here at UCD.

It was maniacal, demonic, hilarious. There were acrobat drummers that span around and upside down backwards, drumming. There was an Uzbeki drummer from Sacramento who was mindblowing and extraordinarily costumed. The clay pot player was a clay pot. A clay pot that was also a maniac.

1 comment:

Bill Benzon said...

Your clay pot (ghatam) drummer wasn't T.H. "Vikku" Vinayakram was it? If so, YES. I heard him some years ago with Mickey Hart's Planet Drum, which also had Zakir Hussein. I've never heard a deeper drummer.