Sitar player and tabla drummer carry on ‘Tradition’ with show in Vancouver

LARISSA CAHUTE
VANCOUVER DESI

Shahbaz Hussain and Mohamed Assani

Shahbaz Hussain (left), a tabla player from the U.K., has reunited with Vancouver sitar player Mohamed Assani for several shows, including one in Vancouver. Submitted photo

After a two-year hiatus, two traditional north Indian musicians are back together and performing in Vancouver on Saturday.

“When people come they can expect something very special because … we haven’t seen each other for around two years now,” said tabla player Shahbaz Hussain, in from the U.K to do a mini tour with longtime friend and Vancouver’s very own, sitar player Mohamed Assani. “(Assani and I) are so close — really close friends, so I’m sure people will love to see us perform.”

“Once you know the person you’re playing with on a personal level … it just brings in something very personal.”

The two will perform their traditional sitar and tabla concert, titled Spirit of Tradition (the name of an album they produced together) at 8 p.m. at ArtStarts on Richards Street in Vancouver.

“To play with him on stage after a long time – it’s like a great feeling,” said Assani, who just returned from a show with Hussain in Kamloops. “We have a lot of history, hence we have charisma, we have fun on stage … we have a connection.”

Spirit of Tradition is a performance of classical north Indian music, “(which) means the music of the subcontinent — before the partition of India,” said Assani. “It’s going to be a high-energy performance.”

Assani plays the vocal style on the sitar, which he describes as a “more lyrical style of playing (that) emulates the human voice.”

And Hussain provides the accompanying percussion on the tabla.

“I’ve been learning (the tabla) for 25 years,” he said, as opposed to playing for 25 years. “The tabla is such a difficult instrument to master … I have so many more things to master, so many more things to conquer.”

Hussain and Assani met in England about 10 years ago and have been performing together ever since. And while they’re both knowledgeable and aware of their cultural roots, their music has something for everyone.

“Rhythm is one aspect of any kind of music which is appealing to anyone,” said Hussain. “Anyone can tap their foot on the ground while listening to a good groove — a good rhythm.

“Music is one language — it’s universal. Everyone can have some kind of connection, some kind of feeling towards it.”

Tickets are $22 and available at the door at 808 Richards St. or online at spiritoftradition.eventbrite.ca

lcahute@theprovince.com
twitter.com/larissacahute

Tags: , ,





Featured

New Westminster shooting Sikh Wedding

Sikh wedding shooting trial postponed for a year due to “matters that arose”

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI The trial over a prominent Surrey broadcaster’s connection with a shooting at a 2010 Sikh wedding came to an abrupt halt…
Continue Reading »

Toronto-Vancouver-Punjabi

SAFA brings “India Live” to Vancouver’s block party on Granville Street

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI Vancouver’s not-for-profit South Asian Family Association (SAFA) is bringing a new kind of festival to the downtown core that will offer…
Continue Reading »

India-Canada

Indian women’s hockey team beats Canada 4-2 in Glasgow

IANS Glasgow – The Indian women’s hockey team beat Canada 4-2 in the opening match of the Commonwealth Games here Thursday. The match started in…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

Today in History – Aug. 7

Advance THE CANADIAN PRESS Today in History for Aug. 7: On this date: In AD 117, Roman emperor Marcus Trajan died at age 65. His…
Continue Reading »

Today in History – Aug. 6

Advance THE CANADIAN PRESS Today in History for Aug. 6: On this date: In 1623, Anne Hathaway, wife of William Shakespeare, died. In 1691, Henry…
Continue Reading »

Today in History – Aug. 4

Advance THE CANADIAN PRESS Today in History for Aug. 4: On this date: In 1586, a plot to kill Queen Elizabeth I was uncovered. Anthony…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

child abuse

Indian kidnappers agree to handover boy to parents on condition of swapping him for his sister

CEN AGENCY In a bizarre demand, parents of an Indian boy who has been kidnapped, were told that they could have youngster back if they…
Continue Reading »

Greece

Tipsy British tourist asked to leave church after mistaking it for a disco

CEN AGENCY A tipsy British tourist had to be asked to leave a church in Crete where he started dancing after local kids told him…
Continue Reading »

Kolkata-India-cruelty-abuse

Private tutor mercilessly beats child, CCTV footage sparks outrage (w/video)

IANS Kolkata – A shocking video of a private tutor mercilessly beating a three-and-a-half-year-old child, caught on CCTV footage, has sparked outrage across the country….
Continue Reading »

BC Sikhs

Frustrated Port of Metro Vancouver truckers want government to push companies to comply with action plan

THE CANADIAN PRESS VANCOUVER — Drivers servicing the country’s largest port urged government on Monday to take swift action against trucking companies, which they say…
Continue Reading »

Rashida Samji

B.C. Securities Commission finds Vancouver woman who ran a Ponzi scheme committed $100 million fraud

ALMAS MEHERALLY VANCOUVER DESI VANCOUVER – A B.C. Securities Commission panel has found that a Vancouver woman and two companies she controlled committed a $100-million fraud….
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

Desi beauty

Gallery: Bollywood beauty Aishwarya Rai at Commonwealth Games opening ceremony

VANCOUVER DESI Longines Ambassador of Elegance Aishwarya Rai Bachchan attended the Opening Ceremony of Glasgow 2014. Take a look at photos from the opening ceremony….
Continue Reading »

Slam! The Tour  poster Horizdesi

Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone gear up for Bollywood extravaganzas in Vancouver, Toronto and the U.S.

IANS New Delhi – Superstar Shah Rukh Khan is ready to shake a leg with his fans in the US after a gap of 10…
Continue Reading »

Actress Alia Bhatt attends the Highway premiere during 64th Berlinale International Film Festival at Zoo Palast on February 13, 2014 in Berlin, Germany.Clemens Bilan/Getty Images

Alia Bhatt feels she’s too young to team up with Bollywood’s Khans

IANS Mumbai – Bollywood’s reigning Khans are in their late 40s and 21-year-old Alia Bhatt feels she needs to look more matured to look convincing…
Continue Reading »