As We Speak

Béla Fleck
Zakir Hussain
Edgar Meyer

Rakesh Chaurasia
Sunday, April 23, 2023, 7:00 PM

As We Speak
Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, & Edgar Meyer
feat. Rakesh Chaurasia
Sun, Apr 23, 7 p.m.
The Music Center at Strathmore

If music is a universal language, then rhythm is arguably its vocabulary. This principle is on breathtaking display in The Melody of Rhythm, the 2009 genre-crossing album by Indian tabla legend and inveterate musical explorer Zakir Hussain, bluegrass-jazz-and-beyond banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck, and classical-meets-folk double-bass wizard Edgar Meyer. As in their unforgettable 2018 Washington Performing Arts appearance, joined then as now by the dazzling Indian bansuri (bamboo flute) player Rakesh Chaurasia, these renowned and accomplished artists—each an accomplished improviser—combine forces at Strathmore this April to make music that revels in cultural convergence while leaving borders far behind.

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“The world of music seems to have fewer and fewer borders these days. Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer, and Zakir Hussain are three players who regularly cross the frontier.”


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This performance is made possible through the generous support of Gordon and Lisa Rush.

This is one of twenty 2022/23 season performances included in Washington Performing Arts’s The World in Our City initiative, which promotes cross-cultural understanding and cultural diplomacy via the presentation of international visiting artists, globally inspired local programming, and the award-winning Embassy Adoption Program, a partnership with D.C. Public Schools.

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