Two trunks full of music from two magicians

There are ways, and then there are some more ways, of flagging off a new year. But can any of them hold a candle to the magic of music?

Mickey Hart of Grateful Dead and Ustad Zakir Hussain combined with Sikiru Adepoju and Giovanni Hidalgo in 2007 to present the Global Drum Project, a successor of sorts to Planet Drum.

Before the shows took off, Hart and Hussain would demonstrate their mastery with the trunks of two century-old trees, named by them as “Squid” and “Dancing Dolphins”.

The result was sensory sorcery that appealed not just to the ear but to the eye.