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Sanctuary At The Quarter – Jose Manuel Leon + Taufiq Qureshi + Abbos Kosimov
November 10, 2017, 8:00 pm
A true world music experience where east and west collide in a perfect confluence of harmony and rhythm.
Jose Manuel Leon
Spanish guitar player Jose Manuel started playing the instrument at the age of 13. He made his professional debut three years later in 1995, performing with flamenco groups across Andalusia. Over the last 20 years, he has worked with such flamenco stars as Jose el Frances, Carmen Linares, Gerardo Nunez, Nina Pastori, Queco, Alejandro Sanz and Pastora Soler. Manuel released the acclaimed flamenco album Sirimusa in 2006.
Ace Indian percussionist Taufiq Qureshi has been acclaimed for his path-breaking work, both as a performer and a composer-arranger in the field of world music. The son and student of legendary tabla maestro Ustad Allarakha, Taufiq’s concerts showcase both the traditional flavours and intricacies of Indian rhythms and his command over contemporary world percussion instruments. He has pioneered and developed a distinct technique of playing the African djembe, in the context of Indian rhythmic compositions. Over the last fifteen years, he has been teaching music to students, some of who are now making their own marks and carrying forward his work.
Abbos Kosimov is widely appreciated as an international phenomenon and recognized globally as a master of doyra and an ambassador of Uzbek culture. Abbos was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan to a highly musical family. He studied at the College of Culture and Music and under doyra master Mamurjon Vahabov and graduated in 1984. Kosimov has recorded and performed with such stalwarts as Steve Wonder, Zakir Hussain, Homayoun Sakhi, Alim Qasimov, Omar Sosa, Giovanni Hidalgo, Terry Bozzio, Swapan Chaudhuri, Steve Smith, Adam Rudolph and the Kronos Quartet.
Israel Mera Katumba
Spanish percussionist Israel Mera, also known as Katumba, began studying percussion at the age of eight and made his first steps in the world of flamenco at age nine accompanying artists from the Andalusian province of Cadiz. Among the several flamenco musicians he has performed and recorded with over the years are pianist Sergio Monroy; singers Carmen Linares, Jose Merce and Miguel Poveda; and guitarists Dani Mendez de Moron, Jesus Guerrero and Oscar Lago. He has also collaborated with flamenco dancers such as Joaquin Grilo, Juan de Juan and Rosario Toledo.
Sarangi player Sabir Khan, from Jodhpur in Rajasthan, belongs to the illustrious Sikar gharana of Hindustani classical music. A ninth-generation sarangi player and the son of the legendary Ustad Sultan Khan, Sabir Khan is renowned for his distinct playing style, a rare combination of sur and laya (note and rhythm). Khan has performed across the world, both solo and with artists such as Zakir Hussain, Kumar Bose and Anindo Chatterjee. His work has been featured on the soundtracks of such Hindi films as Anwar, Saawariya and Jodhaa Akbar.