UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance Welcomes Musical Virtuosos Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer, and Rakesh Chaurasia for "As We Speak" Performance

Article Contributed by The ACE Agency | Published on Saturday, November 4, 2023

The UCLA Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) is thrilled to announce an evening of transcultural musical brilliance featuring the collaborative genius of four global music icons: Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer, and Rakesh Chaurasia. This prestigious event will take place at the historic Royce Hall on Saturday, November 18, 2023, at 8 pm.

This performance celebrates the quartet's latest album, "As We Speak," which has been mesmerizing the world since its release in May 2023. The album is an exploration of aural landscapes where bluegrass, Indian classical, and Western classical music converge to create something truly groundbreaking.

Béla Fleck, a name synonymous with the banjo, is known for pushing the boundaries of the instrument into new and old territory. Zakir Hussain, a master of the tabla, has elevated the appreciation of Indian rhythms across the world. Edgar Meyer, wielding the double bass, has carved a niche for himself at the intersection of classical and contemporary music. Adding a captivating layer to this collaboration is Rakesh Chaurasia, an esteemed bansuri virtuoso, who brings the haunting melodies of the Indian bamboo flute to the mix.

The evening promises a part-improvised journey through each artist's genre, offering an unparalleled experience of Indian rhythm, funk, and a tapestry of global music traditions. Audience members can expect a night where genres do not exist, and only pure music prevails.

Tickets for this one-night-only performance are available for purchase. Do not miss your chance to be part of this extraordinary musical dialogue "As We Speak." Experience the magic live at Royce Hall. For tickets and more information, please visit https://cap.ucla.edu/event/we-speak.

About the UCLA Center for the Art of Performance The UCLA Center for the Art of Performance is committed to the advancement of contemporary performing arts in all disciplines — dance, music, spoken word, and theater as well as emerging digital, collaborative, and cross-art platforms created by today’s leading artists. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, it presents a vast array of performances by leading artists from around the world, fostering a vibrant community of artists and art enthusiasts in Southern California.