Watch: Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Zakir Hussain and Rakesh Chaurasia Share Transcendent Live Performance Video, Detail Fall Tour Dates
Photo by Sachyn Mital
Renowned tabla player Zakir Hussain, banjo legend Béla Fleck, double bassist Edgar Meyer, and bansuri player Rakesh Chaurasia have formed a mesmerizing quartet whose music unfolds like a conversation. Today, the ensemble has announced a U.S. Fall Tour set to take place in November, following a successful run that concluded earlier this month in support of their collaborative album, As We Speak – which is now available worldwide through Thirty Tigers
To celebrate their musical collaboration and the announcement of the new dates, the quartet has released a live performance video of the title track, “As We Speak,” composed by Hussain. The performance was filmed on May 5, 2023, at the Troy Savings Bank in Troy, N.Y. and captures the captivating energy of their live shows. Previously, they shared an animated video for Edgar Meyer’s composition, “Motion,” which drew praise for its haunting blend of banjo and bansuri melodies.
As We Speak showcases the extraordinary talents of these four instrumentalists and highlights the diverse range of influences they bring to their music. Across twelve tracks, they effortlessly traverse the intricate rhythms of Indian classical music and the infectious grooves of a funky bass line, seamlessly merging the rigor of raga with their collective musicality. Their live performance showcases their ability to pick those proverbial stars from the sky together at will.
The upcoming U.S. fall tour promises to be an enchanting journey into the heart of their musical conversation and will include stops west of the Mississippi River, including St. Louis, Houston, Dallas, Steamboat Springs, Colo., Tucson, Ariz., and Mesa. Ariz., and Portland, Ore. through Nov. 21.
Find more information on tour dates and ticket sales here or visit their official website and follow their social media channels.
Nov. 3 – St. Louis, MO Sheldon Hall
Nov. 5 – Houston, TX Cullen Theater, Wortham Theatre Center
Nov. 6 – Dallas, TX Meyerson Symphony Center
Nov. 9 – Steamboat Springs, CO Steamboat Pavilion, Strings Music Festival
Nov. 11 – Tucson AZ Fox Tucson Theatre
Nov. 12 – Mesa, AZ Mesa Arts Center
Nov. 21 – Portland, OR Schnitzer Hall