Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer and Zakir Hussain performance concludes Vail Series’ 31st season
Date of Event: March 26, 2011
Posted: March 4, 2011
Three such infectiously joyous talents have seldom graced any stage as will at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, when Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer and Zakir Hussain ascend to the stage of Denison University’s Swasey Chapel (200 Chapel Drive). The 31st season finale of the acclaimed Vail Series will bring the pleasure of seeing old friends banjo virtuoso Fleck and bass fiddle phenom Meyer unite with newcomer to the Swasey stage, tabla player, Hussain. Tickets are offered for public sale at $15 as capacity allows. Remaining tickets may be released at the door if space permits. Doors open approximately 45 minutes before the performance. For more information, call Mary Frazell at 740-587-6611 or visit www.vailseries.org.
Making his third appearance at Denison, Fleck is widely considered the premier banjo player in the world. His fearless use of the instrument pushes beyond traditional musical genres and cultures, simultaneously translating and updating while maintaining a reverence and deep connection to musical heritages across the globe. His brilliance is substantiated by Fleck’s most recent of 12 Grammy awards, this year for Best Contemporary World Music Album.
“Music is a common language with many different dialects,” says Meyer. Accordingly, his performance and recording projects have created collaborations with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, and Mark O’Connor. Prominently established as a unique and masterful double bass instrumentalist and composer, The New Yorker hailed Meyer as “…the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively unchronicled history of his instrument.”
Hussain’s instrumental forté is the tabla, a popular Indian percussion instrument, which consists of two hand drums of contrasting sizes and timbres. Not only is Hussain a classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order, but his consistently brilliant and exciting performances have established him as a national treasure in his own country, India, and gained him worldwide fame. His playing is marked by uncanny intuition and masterful improvisational dexterity, founded in formidable knowledge and study. Hussain is considered a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement.
Fleck, Hussain and Meyer are among the most limitless creators and composers in the history of music, each world-renowned as the leading artist on his individual instrument. As a trio, they are “like brothers bound in musical virtuosity,” moving with ease in the universe of classical, bluegrass, and world music. The evening’s program will reflect their wide range of musical interests, artistry and genius.
CALENDAR LISTING, Denison University, Granville— Vail Series season finale: Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer and Zakir Hussain at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, at Swasey Chapel (200 Chapel Drive). Tickets are offered for public sale at $15 as capacity allows. Remaining tickets may be released at the door if space permits. Doors open approximately 45 minutes before the performance. For more information, call Mary Frazell at 740-587-6611 or visit www.vailseries.org.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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