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Moroccan gnawa singer Hassan Hakmoun, Azerbaijani pianist Franghiz Ali-Zadeah, Palestinian 'udist Simon Shaheen, frame drummer Glen Velez, and others mixed and matched up during the course of the evening, which concluded with Shaheen's "Sultana," an Arab-tinged anthem played by eight musicians of nearly as many nationalities. The concert was dedicated to the memory of Ustad Alla Rakha, who died February 3 (Vinayakram was filling in for Rakha's son, Zakir Hussain). Insofar as Rakha was the tabla player most responsible for introducing the instrument to the Western world, the dedication couldn't have been more apt. —Richard Gehr

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