Zakir Hussain: Sessions



Throckmorton Theatre Wed, Oct 8, 2014 8:30 PM
Throckmorton Theatre Sun, Oct 12, 2014 5:30 PM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Running Time:140
Director:Anisa Qureshi
Taylor Phillips
Producer:Antonia Minnecola
Zakir Hussain
Anisa Qureshi
Taylor Phillips
Cinematographer:Jake Richmond
Alrik Bursell
John Espey
Scott Snell
Editor:Jake Richmond
George Rosenfeld
Cast:Zakir Hussain
Steve Smith
Eric Harland
Giovanni Hidalgo
Ganesh Rajagopala
with host Randall Kline
Note Writer:Carol Harada


Tabla Tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain is a Bay Area treasure, creating mesmerizing and thrilling improvisations with the world’s best musicians. In this electrifying concert film made during his 2013 residency at the SFJAZZ Center, Indian classical superstars, jazz percussion greats, and the likes of banjo genius Béla Fleck and double bassist Edgar Meyer joined him onstage. Hussain brings the infectious spirit of play to all his rhythmic and melodic collaborations. His easy leadership while performing with Indian classical rising stars, sitar player Niladri Kumar, violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan, and bansuri flutist Rakesh Chaurasia, sets the tone for a vibrant show. And Hussain still plays with an open and lively curiosity, evident in his call and response with jazz drummers Steve Smith, Eric Harland, and Giovanni Hidalgo. His father, the late, great tabla master Alla Rakha, advised, “Just try to be a good student.” And, as we are carried along on this creative journey, we can do just that. It is the next best thing to experiencing Zakir and friends live. Zakir Hussain and friends will be in person to present the screening of this film..

Additional Information

Anisa is a producer and budding director. She has been a producer on six films beginning with the Sundance Channel hit “Waterborne” and was Co-Producer of “About Cherry”, currently on Showtime. She trained under director James Mangold (Walk the Line, Girl Interrupted). Anisa directed the music video “Pyramidi” and the short film “Day Dreams” in Florence, Italy. Her newest short film entitled 'The Lover' will be released under the Bite Sized Horror banner this October. She is currently working on a documentary on Zakir Hussain's newest table concerto co-comissioned by the Indian Symphony Orchestra and The Kennedy Center, National Symphony Orchestra