Shakti: 50th Anniversary Tour
Featuring John McLaughlin & Zakir Hussain
Mon. Sept. 11, 2023 at 7:30pm
First U.S. Tour In 18 Years – Exclusive Southern California Appearance!
Shakti is a revolutionary ensemble that united Eastern and Western musicians, and in the process forged the template for what is now called “world music.” Born in 1973 out of the deep artistic and spiritual bonds between visionary Indian tabla player Zakir Hussain and British jazz fusion guitar pioneer John McLaughlin (world-famous as leader of the Mahavishnu Orchestra), Shakti’s cross-cultural musical conversation dissolved boundaries with uncommon passion, grace, and dexterity – demonstrating the possibilities of such hybrids to generations of musicians around the world.
Today, through an extensive world tour marking Shakti’s 50th anniversary, the band continues to discover and explore musical common ground bridging East and West,. Alongside original members, McLaughlin and Hussain, the group’s current line-up features renowned vocalist Shankar Mahadevan, violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan, and percussion maestro Selvaganesh Vinayakram (son of original Shakti ghatam player T.H. “Vikku” Vinayakram).
This 50th Anniversary Tour honors the legacy of the original ensemble while continuing to push into new musical landscapes, enthralling and inspiring audiences around the globe.