A decade ago, internationally acclaimed instrumentalists Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer collaborated on an album titled “The Melody of Rhythm.” The disc’s centerpiece was a triple concerto titled The Melody of Rhythm, with the trio performing with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, led by Leonard Slatkin.
Ten years later, the three have reunited for a tour, which stops Oct. 6 at Orchestra Hall for an SCP Special Concert. “The heart of the collaboration is the incredible weave of making this into an orchestral piece,” said banjo virtuoso Fleck in an interview with NPR. “[Bassist] Edgar [Meyer] is an incredible composer. He was able to lead the way and kept us involved with every step.”
The third member of the trio is tabla master Zakir Hussain, son of legendary tabla player Ustad Alla Rakha.
In a review of the disc for Allmusic.com, critic Thom Jurek wrote, “Three movements over 28 minutes are a spacious, wide-ranging, beautifully paced concerto with the trio interacting on its own quite intently and with the DSO not as individual instrumentalists, but as a group in dialogue with the orchestra. Jazz, Indian folk forms, classical music, Appalachian folk, progressive instrumental music, and something utterly new emerge for the listener.”
TOP: Béla Fleck (from left), Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer in a publicity photo to promote The Melody of Rhythm.