24th Annual Winter Solstice Concerts featuring Hamid Drake & Michael Zerang

24th Annual Winter Solstice Concerts


Featuring Hamid Drake and Michael Zerang

The Winter Solstice Concerts enjoys their second year in Links Hall’s new home, a crossroads for experimental music, Jazz and the performing arts.

This hour long performance utilizes a wide array of percussion instruments from North Africa, the Middle East, and East India, as well as Western orchestral instruments. Drake and Zerang also use the Frame Drum that has its origin in ancient Mesopotamia, and a variety of hand drums, including dumbek, table, rukk, conga, djimbe, and tambourine, concentrating on long rhythmic cycles and structured improvisations. Drake and Zerang are veterans of the Chicago world music, new music, and jazz scenes, and have performed together nationally and internationally.

The concerts began as a single concert in 1990 and expanded to three concerts due to increasing demand in the intimate confines of Link’s Hall studio.

“Experimental jazz musicians Hamid Drake and Michael Zerang elevate this ritual to an orchestral level, incorporating ancient Mesopotamian hand drums and percussive instruments from North Africa, East India, and the Middle East.”-Courtney Ryan, Groupon review

A limited number of tickets are available for purchase at the door at 5:30 a.m. the morning of each concert.