Thursday, March 08, 2007

Global Percussion Masters at the One World Theater

Last night I attended the early show of Global Percussion Masters at the One World Theater in Austin. The show featured 3 percussionists:
  • Terry Bozzio - Zappa band alumnus known for his unbelievably monsterous trap kit
  • Giovanni Hildago - a master Conguero
  • Zakir Hussain - Tabla Virtuoso
Having seen Terry multiple times (several of those at this venue), I knew what to expect and was not disappointed. However, I was totally blown away by Giovanni and Zakir. They put on an absolutely astounding display of hand percussion technique. It challenged some beliefs I had concerning what is possible with percussion. (Zakir's finger technique rivals Vladimir Horowitz on the piano). The show consisted of each percussionist performing solo followed by a group jam. I would tell everyone to try and catch this show, but unfortunately this event was a one-time thing. Hopefully, Terry will release something thru his web store.
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