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UMS Concert Program, November 1, 2017 - CrossCurrents

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CrossCurrents Zakir Hussain /ÊTabla
Dave Holland /ÊBass
Shankar Mahadevan /ÊVocals
Chris Potter /ÊSaxophones
Sanjay Divecha /ÊGuitars
Louiz Banks /ÊPiano and Keyboards
Gino Banks /ÊDrums Wednesday Evening, November 1, 2017 at 7:30 Michigan Theater Ann Arbor 16th Performance of the 139th Annual Season
24th Annual Jazz Series Traditions and Crosscurrents TonightÕs performance is sponsored by Toyota. Funded in part by the JazzNet Endowment Fund. Media partnership provided by Ann ArborÕs 107one and WEMU 89.1 FM. Special thanks to Jenna Bacolor, John Churchville, Bidisha Ghosh, Seema Jolly, Ann Arbor Community Education and Recreation, and Sumkali for their participation in events surrounding this eveningÕs performance. CrossCurrents appears by arrangement with IMG Artists and International Music Network. In consideration of the artists and the audience, please refrain from the use of electronic devices during the performance. The photography, sound recording, or videotaping of this performance is prohibited. PROGRAM CrossCurrents This eveningÕs program will be announced by the artists from the stage and will be performed without intermission. CROSSCURRENTS A classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order, Zakir Hussain is well-known for his constant explorations of music from around the world. His latest ensemble, CrossCurrents, attempts to portray all directions of inspiration between the idioms of jazz and Indian music. The great bassist Dave Holland, a player with one of the most distinguished careers in jazz, brings his singular vision to the group. The ensemble pays tribute to pioneering musicians and composers on opposite sides of the world who built a bridge that could be traversed in both directions. Hussain says of CrossCurrents: The influence of Indian classical music on jazz is widely known. Less known, however, is the influence of jazz on the popular music of India. Jazz first came to India by way of the Hollywood musicals of the 1930s and 1940s and quickly influenced the music of IndiaÕs burgeoning film industry. The improvisational nature of jazz was familiar to Indian composers and musicians, who found a way to incorporate jazz harmonies and chord progressions into their work. As a few decades passed, and as the West was enjoying the inspiration of Indian classical music, certain musicians came to influence popular music in India in a big way. Among these are jazz pianist Louiz Banks, jazz guitarist Sanjay Divecha, and superstar composer/vocalist Shankar Mahadevan. ARTISTS The preeminent classical tabla virtuoso of our time, Zakir Hussain is appreciated both in the field of percussion and in the music world at large as an international phenomenon. A national treasure in his native India, he is one of the worldÕs most esteemed and influential musicians, renowned for his genre-defying collaborations. Widely considered a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement, Mr. HussainÕs contribution has been unique, with many historic and groundbreaking collaborations, including Shakti, Remember Shakti, Masters of Percussion, the Diga Rhythm Band, Planet Drum, Tabla Beat Science, Sangam with Charles Lloyd and Eric Harland, in trio with BŽla Fleck and Edgar Meyer and, most recently, with Herbie Hancock. The foremost disciple of his father, the legendary Ustad Allarakha, Mr. Hussain was a child prodigy who began his professional career at the age of 12, touring internationally with great success by the age of 18. As a composer, he has scored music for numerous feature films, major events, and productions. He has composed two concertos, and his third, the first-ever concerto for tabla and orchestra, was premiered in India in September 2015, in Europe in 2016, and in the US in April 2017 by the National Symphony Orchestra at Kennedy Center. A Grammy Award winner, he is the recipient of countless awards and honors, including Padma Bhushan, National Heritage Fellowship, and Officier in FranceÕs Order of Arts and Letters. In 2015, he was voted ÒBest PercussionistÓ by both the DownBeat CriticsÕ Poll and Modern DrummerÕs ReadersÕ Poll and received SFJAZZÕs Lifetime Achievement Award in January 2017. As an educator, he conducts many workshops and lectures each year, has been in residence at Princeton University and Stanford University, and in 2015, was appointed Regents Lecturer at UC Berkeley. He is the founder and president of Moment! Records, an independent record label presenting rare live concert recordings of Indian classical music and world music. Mr. Hussain was resident artistic director at SFJAZZ from 2013Ð16. Over the course of a nearly five-decade career, bassist/composer Dave Holland has exemplified the evolutionary process in musical form, reinventing his concept and approach with each new project while constantly honing his instantly identifiable voice. Since his professional debut in the mid-1960s with Miles DavisÕs legendary Bitches Brew band, that voice has been heard in a remarkable number of different contexts. He collaborated with Spanish guitar legend Pepe Habichuela; accompanied the great Michigan-born vocalist Betty Carter in her last years; forged a new sound with the pioneering avant-garde quartet Circle alongside Chick Corea, Anthony Braxton, and Barry Altschul; stood alongside legends like Stan Getz, Hank Jones, Roy Haynes, and Sam Rivers; and provided early opportunities to now-leading players like Chris Potter, Kevin and Robin Eubanks, and Steve Coleman. Dave Holland has been at the forefront of jazz in many of its forms since his earliest days. He leads a Grammy-winning big band, an acclaimed quintet, and the Overtone quartet. He is also part of a duo with Kenny Barron and has released a number of important solo recordings. A world-class soloist, accomplished composer, and formidable bandleader, Chris Potter (saxophone) has emerged as a leading light of his generation. DownBeat called him ÒOne of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planetÓ while Jazz Times identified him as Òa figure of international renown.Ó Jazz saxophone elder statesman Dave Liebman called him simply Òone of the best musicians around,Ó a sentiment shared by the readers of DownBeat in voting him second only to tenor saxophone great Sonny Rollins in the magazineÕs 2008 ReadersÕ Poll. Mr. PotterÕs impressive discography includes 20 albums as a leader and sideman appearances on over 100 albums. He was nominated for a Grammy for his solo work on ÒIn Vogue,Ó a track from Joanne BrackeenÕs 1999 album Pink Elephant Magic, and was prominently featured on Steely DanÕs Grammy-winning album from 2000, Two Against Nature. He has performed or recorded with many of the leading names in jazz, such as Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, John Scofield, the Mingus Big Band, Jim Hall, Paul Motian, Dave Douglas, Ray Brown, and many others. His penchant for risk-taking and genre-bending make him ideal for CrossCurrents. Shankar Mahadevan (vocals) is among the greatest Indian vocalists alive, having risen to fame in MumbaiÕs fabled Bollywood film industry as a composer, playback singer, and member of the famed Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy composing team. He sang from his earliest days, but then diverted into a career as a software engineer. In 1998 he ventured into music and released his first album, Breathless (so named because the title song was written as though it was to be sung in one breath). This quickly brought him to the attention of Bollywood, and he soon became the singing voice of every Tamil hero.  He won the first of his many awards for his film music with a collaboration with legendary director A.R. Rahman, then won several National Film Awards. As time went on, he found his own compositional voice and he has since become the leading composer in Indian film music, selling millions of records every year. In 2012 he was invited by UNESCO and the US State Department to perform at the United Nations for the finale of the International Jazz Festival. He previously worked with Zakir Hussain as the vocalist for Remember Shakti. Louiz Banks (keyboards) has been nicknamed the ÒGodfather of Indian Jazz,Ó and itÕs appropriate: his commitment and devotion to jazz convinced his father to change his sonÕs name to Louiz in honor of the great jazz trumpet player Louis Armstrong. He began playing music in his homeland of Nepal, but his career accelerated when he settled in Mumbai, where his performance work in night clubs popularized the genre. His work (co-producer, arranger, and pianist) on Miles from India brought his name to great recognition in America, receiving a Grammy nomination. In the same year, he was the featured keyboardist on another Grammy-nominated album, John McLaughlinÕs Floating Point. Sanjay DivechaÕs (guitar) entire history has seen him pursue a vision of world community as expressed through music, which is in perfect accord with the implicit principles of CrossCurrents. Born in Mumbai, he began his formal musical studies with five years of traditional sitar. At the same time, he was listening to Western folk, blues, jazz, and rock, and eventually settled on the guitar as his primary instrument. Largely self-taught, he decided to expand his horizons and study in America, and in 1987 he landed at the Guitar Institute of Technology in Los Angeles, where he worked with Scott Henderson, Joe Diorio, and Robben Ford. Over 15 years in Los Angeles, he recorded and toured with the likes of AngŽlique Kidjo and Carlos Santana. He returned to India in 2003 to reconnect with his cultural roots and absorbed Indian folk music from both north (Hindustani) and south (Carnatic) traditions. His album Full Circle, released in 2008, captures that journey. Gino Banks (drums) is Louiz BanksÕs son, and it is clear that the adventurous spirit of world music exploration is in his DNA. He has played with classical greats like Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Ustad Rashid Khan, Pandit Vikku Vinayakram, and Ustad Sabir Khan. He is a stalwart in the Bollywood Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy film music world. He works regularly with fusion groups like Niladri KumarÕs Sitar Funk, Rakesh ChaurasiaÕs RAF, and many others. Rock music is in his world, and he has backed many dance groups. One of his best-known efforts was taking part in Bob BeldenÕs Grammy-nominated Miles from India. Mr. Banks also teaches, primarily at the True School of Music. UMS ARCHIVES This eveningÕs performance marks Zakir HussainÕs fourth performance under UMS auspices, following his UMS debut in March 2000 at Hill Auditorium with Ali Akbar Khan. He most recently appeared at UMS in April 2012 at Hill Auditorium with his Masters of Percussion ensemble. Dave Holland makes his fourth UMS appearance this evening, following his UMS debut in February 2003 with his Quintet and Big Band. He most recently appeared at UMS with his Big Band in November 2012 at the Michigan Theater. This evening marks Chris PotterÕs third performance under UMS auspices following his UMS debut in February 2003 with the Dave Holland Quintet. He most recently appeared at UMS in February 2007 at the Michigan Theater with the Dave Holland Octet and Big Band. UMS welcomes Shankar Mahadevan, Sanjay Divecha, Louiz Banks, and Gino Banks as they make their UMS debuts tonight. TONIGHTÕS VICTORS FOR UMS: Toyota Ñ JazzNet Endowment Fund Supporters of this eveningÕs performance by CrossCurrents. MAY WE ALSO RECOMMEND... 11/7    China NCPA Orchestra 11/15    John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring: Revisiting Mahavishnu 3/14    Piedmont Blues: A Search for Salvation Tickets available at ON THE EDUCATION HORIZONÉ 11/7    Panel: Unraveling the Arab Spring: Egypt Since 2011     (Weiser Hall 1010, 500 Church Street, 4:00 pm) 11/12    EXCEL Brunch with The Knights: Crossing Boundaries 
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