Zakir Hussain – Podcast 277

A freewheeling interview with Zakir Hussain, widely hailed as one of the greatest percussionists of our time. This conversation, with host David Ellenbogen, is in anticipation of Zakir‘s upcoming performance at The Town Hall with Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer and Rakesh Chaurasia on November 15th.
Not to be missed!
Zakir Hussain is the son of Alla Rakha, the charismatic tabla player who helped Ravi Shankar capture a Western Audience (hint: you’ve seen him if checked out the Woodstock movie.)    By the time Zakir was 11 he was touring and soon made a name for himself accompanying the legends of Hindustani music such as Ali Akbar Khan,  Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Shiv Kumar Sharma and Ravi Shankar himself.   After he came to the United States in 1969  Zakir began a career that transcended traditional musical barriers – he is now a singular global music force.   Beyond his prolific Indian classical music career he blazed new ground with the band Shakti, created Planet Drum with the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, explored adventerous jazz with Sangam,  and worked with George Harrison, L Shankar Yo-Yo Ma, Giovanni Hidalgo, Jan Garbarek, Van Morrison…the list keeps going…better to just check out the music and our conversation.

Subhasis Bhattacharya – Podcast 276

This was a great chance to catch up with Subhasis Bhattacharya  and check out his new album, Tablananda.

One of the world’s foremost tabla players, Subhasis Bhattacharya has performed and recorded with his brother Debashish on many classic albums including the Grammy nominated Calcutta Chronicles. On Tablananda, his first international collaboration, Subhasis assembles an incredible line-up of musicians to produce a visionary album that showcases his incredible creativity.

Misa Kelly – Podcast 275

We hang out with the great dancer and innovator Misa Kelly who is in town for the Collaborations in Dance Festival at Triskelion Arts.

Her latest work concerns her sister’s journey and her artwork pictured below.

Misa is passionate about community building. Her innovative program designs and organizational efforts have helped over 1,000 artists over the past 20 years. Kelly is a groundbreaker and innovator. As SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre her company was the first in her community to tour CA, tour to New York, tour internationally, the first to provide opportunity to non-local boutique artists, and the first to co-launch a dance festival in her community as a gesture of giving back. She became the first member of the dance community to receive a coveted indy Award. In 2012 SonneBlauma morphed into ArtBark and Kelly shared leadership and direction with Stephen Kelly, Mojca Majcen, and Trina Mannino. As a community they toured to France, Austria, Slovenia, SoCal, New York, and Connecticut. Their project Alma.Sama., three years in the making, was met with critical acclaim with a premiere at the Slovenian National Cultural Center – the Cankarjev Dom. Her choreography in this collaborative work was described as “perfect dance poetics with superior movement vocabulary” by the Slovenian publication Parada Plesa. Misa has exhibited her visual art in New York, Vienna, and Santa Barbara, and guerilla style at the Lourve, the Norton Simon, and the Belvedere. She publishes as an indie author under the pen name of Ginger Freedom and blogs regularly about dance on her Facebook page and on a sundry of topics at This event, for her, celebrates 20 years of dance making.