Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer, and Zakir Hussain Announce New LP ‘As We Speak’ with Rakesh Chaurasia

Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer, and Zakir Hussain Announce New LP ‘As We Speak’ with Rakesh Chaurasia

Photo by Jeremy Cowart

Today, Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer, and Zakir Hussain announced a new album featuring Rakesh Chaurasia titled As We Speak, which is set to release on May 12 via Thirty Tigers. In celebration of the announcement of the LP, which unites bluegrass, classical Indian and classical western music, the musicians released the first single off the LP, “Owl’s Misfortune,” and shared a list of tour dates.

“When we are performing on stage, in composing mode or creating mode, we are basically having a conversation,” said renowned tabla player Zakir Hussain of his bandmates in a press release. “So the music emerges as we speak.”  

The project showcases the group’s collective and individual breathtaking instrumental abilities while underscoring the wide range of influences at their command. Over 12 songs, the quartet sails through complex Indian rhythm, grooving funk and a harvest of bluegrass reverberations.

“Owl’s Misfortune” was penned by Fleck and, according to the artist, was written to echo the different worlds we come from, “I imagined creating a world where classical language could live alongside Indian musical rhythmic ideas—and since I wrote it, bluegrass lives there too. Parents of young kids will recognize the top-secret title reference.”

Fleck went on to add, “What I think is good about this quartet is that everybody has to stretch in the direction of the other people. To me, a collaboration where nobody changes is not a collaboration. It’s a mashup. And there’s nothing wrong with that. But I like a collaboration where I have to learn a bunch of new things from the other people. And in this case, I’m learning like crazy.”

Fleck, Meyer, Hussain and Chaurasia will begin their tour of the United States with a performance at Nashville, Tenn.’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center on April 19 before making stops in cities like Atlanta, Charleston, S.C. New York, Boston and more. The four esteemed musicians will conclude their tour with an appearance at the Waterville Opera House in Waterville, Maine, on May 7. A November tour is set to follow. Tickets are on sale now. Learn more and find tickets here.

Pre-order / pre-save As We Speak here.  

Listen to “Owl’s Misfortune” below.

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As We Speak Tour Dates

April 19  Nashville, TN  Schermerhorn Symphony Center

April 20  Atlanta, GA  Emory University 

April 21  Germantown, TN  Duncan-Williams PAC 

April 22  Boone, NC  Appalachian State University 

April 23  North Bethesda, MD  The Music Center at Strathmore 

April 25  Charleston, SC  Charleston Gaillard Center

April 27  Danville, KY  Norton Center for the Arts

April 29 Cutler Bay, FL  The Moss Center at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center

April 30  Charlotte, NC  Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

May 2  Munhall, PA  Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall 

May 3  Norfolk, VA  Virginia Arts festival

May 4  New York, NY  The Town Hall 

May 5  Troy, NY  Troy Saving Bank Music Hall 

May 6  Boston, MA  Celebrity Series of Boston at Berklee Performance Center

May 7  Waterville, ME  Waterville Opera House 

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