. MODERN MASTERS AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE & FESTIVAL EXCLUSIVE
SANGAM: CHARLES LLOYD with ZAKIR HUSSAIN and ERIC HARLAND
OPENING ACT: STEPHEN MAGNUSSON with EUGENE BALL
Sangam: Hindu, con-flu-ence
1. a coming together, meeting or gathering
2. the flowing together of two or three streams
The Melbourne International Jazz Festival is honoured to present the Australian premiere of the remarkable Sangam, a trio featuring the transcendent musical gifts of revered American jazz saxophonist Charles Lloyd with Indian tabla master Zakir Hussain and drummer Eric Harland. Charles Lloyd formed the group in 2004 in honour of his lifelong friend, drummer Billy Higgins. Sangam’s powerful performances quickly became something of legend. More than entertainment, the group presents the powerful uncorrupted expression of beauty through music. This exclusive performance features Zakir Hussain in his only Australian appearance. Hussain is today appreciated in the music world as an international phenomenon. A classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order, his consistently brilliant performances have not only established him as a national treasure in his own country, India, but gained him worldwide acclaim. Together with the masterful young drummer Eric Harland, Lloyd and Hussain will weave a musical experience that profoundly touches the spirit.
Melbourne Town Hall, Sat 8 May at 8:00pm
2010 MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL CELEBRATES THE COMMON CHORD!
Experience the Common Chord of music from 1 to 8 May 2010, when the Melbourne International Jazz Festival comes to town. A huge multi-layered program featuring more than 400 performers from across the globe will be presented in more than 95 events in the city centre, incorporating film, visual art, public art installations and forums. For absolutely all lovers of music, this is a time to be entertained, to discover, to be inspired and most importantly to participate.
Highlights include jazz legend Ahmad Jamal, US saxophonist Charles Lloyd with Indian tabla master Zakir Hussain; father of Ethio jazz Mulatu Astatke; West African guitar virtuoso Lionel Loueke; an all-star tribute to the great jazz standards, Baby It’s Cold Outside! featuring Clare Bowditch, Lior and many more; Chicago post-rock pioneers Tortoise; plus masterclasses, club sessions, public installations and much more! It all kicks off with The Big Jam when all of Melbourne comes together for a joyous experience of mass-music making, led by Australia’s much-loved trumpeter James Morrison on Saturday 1 May.
To check out the full program, click here and start planning!
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