Two nights at the Rose Theater. JALC NYC
Crosscurrents, the international super-group led by 2017 NEA Jazz Master bassist Dave Holland and the world’s foremost tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, will make its first-ever New York City appearance in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater, May 4–5. Crosscurrents’ extraordinary lineup also features American saxophonist Chris Potter, called “the most compelling saxophonist of his generation” (Detroit Free Press), plus four of India’s most progressive musicians: guitarist Sanjay Divecha, pianist Louiz Banks, drummer Gino Banks, and the globally celebrated vocalist Shankar Mahadevan. This super-group is the latest representation of the longstanding relationship between jazz and Indian classical music, showcased through distinctive original compositions, Western jazz standards, and Indian classical pieces.
Holland is a famously versatile bassist who has led numerous Grammy Award–winning bands and anchored groundbreaking groups led by Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Joe Henderson, and Jack DeJohnette. Hussain is a living master of the 3,000-year-old tabla percussion tradition and “one of the architects of modern world music.” (NPR) Since the 1960s, he has been a global music ambassador who has formed significant cross-cultural projects and worked with George Harrison, the Grateful Dead, Shakti (with John McLaughlin), Béla Fleck, Pharoah Sanders, and Sangam (with Charles Lloyd).
A free pre-concert discussion will take place nightly at 7pm in the Agnes Varis and Karl Leichtman Studio, located in the Irene Diamond Education Center at Jazz at Lincoln Center.