By Howard Pousner
Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Arts, which always accents its music and dance-dominated schedule with international flavors, will bring two world music masters as part of its 2012-13 season: Brazilian singer-guitarist Gilberto Gil and South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela.
In fact, the lineup, being announced today in the AJC, has an almost United Nations feel to it, also including appearances by Indian percussion ace Zakir Hussain, Miami-based Cuban timba artists Tiempo Libre and the French dance troupe Pierre Rigal’s Compagnie Dernière Minute.
The season also will extend two Rialto’s traditions: pairing artists representing different styles on one bill, such as banjoist Béla Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio in a bluegrass-jazz fusion; and presenting performers in a different way, such as Hussain (who has played there twice with Masters of Percussion) appearing with Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, a titan of the 91-stringed Kashmiri folk instrument the santoor.
“Their versatility is being exhibited, because each time they are on our stage, they’re doing something drastically different from what they may have done here before,” Rialto director Leslie Gordon said of returning stars such as Hussain and Fleck.”We feel we’re growing with the artists.”
The lineup …
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