Wednesday 05.07.23
Kongsberg Musikkteater


Shakti with John McLaughlin and Zakir Hussain will be resurrected in 2023, and play this year's opening concert at the Kongsberg Jazz Festival!

Concert start: 18:00 Price single ticket: NOK 790/720

Shakti is back! One of jazz's supergroups and pioneers within world musicgenre, are ready to celebrate their 50th anniversary with a new record and extensive tour where they continue to plow new musical ground where the boundaries between East and West are broken down. Shakti stands for this year's opening concert at the Kongsberg Jazz Festival - the only opportunity to hear this year's big jazz comeback in Scandinavia. 

In the late 1960s, John McLaughlin was on a couple of jazz's most important records, the Miles Davis records In A Silent Way  og Bitches Brew. In all the years since, he has had star status. After the formidable success of The Mahavishnu Orchestra, McLaughlin met the tabla player Zakir Hussain and the violinist L. Shankar, and eventually the group emerged Shakti. The meeting between an English guitarist with a background in jazz, rock and fusion and Indian musicians with deep roots in both classical and traditional Indian music should result in a completely unique and fascinating musical amalgamation that will appeal to large audiences. This was innovative music; it was new and fresh with an immediate and positive effect on an appreciative audience, and became the origin of the genre often referred to as world music.

50 years after its inception, Shakti has been resurrected, still with McLaughlin and Hussain from the original edition. For large parts of 2023, the band will tour the world, meaning with only one stop in Norway and Scandinavia: Kongsberg Jazz Festival.

John McLaughlin – guitar
Zakir Hussain – tablas

Shankar Mahadevan – vocals
Ganesh Rajagopalan – Violin
Selvaganesh Vinayakram – Percussion


Important information about tickets: 

Seats were originally laid out on the balcony and standing spaces on the floor. As of 29 June, we changed this, and everyone who has bought tickets before this will be sent new tickets, and should have been contacted about this.

Ticket sales start on Friday 24 February at 10.00.

The doors open at 17:00. 
Concert start at 18:00.

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