Taufiq Qureshi belong to what his website tells us is “arguably India's first family of percussion.” His father, Ustad Alla Rakha, is of course renowned as one of the 20th century's finest tabla players (he was once dubbed “The Einstein of Rhythm” by the Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart), while his brother, Ustad Zakir Hussain, has continued the tradition by performing with artists such as George Harrison and Van Morrison. Qureshi has not had quite the success of his older sibling, but Mystic Soundscapes: Forest should hopefully go towards changing that. It's an aural voyage into a day in the life of a forest dweller, from morning to “The Hunt” to the “Call of the Night.” Throughout, Qureshi's percussion skills are on display, showcasing his considerable virtuosity on the tabla.
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