RUDRESH MAHANTHAPPA GAMAK

Twin Bill with Christian McBride “Out Here”

Free Workshop/Clinic with Rudresh Mahanthappa

There have been lots of East-meets-West collaborations, starting with Ravi Shankar and Yehudi Menuhin in the 1960s. But rarely are these musical fusions contained within one person, and never so creatively as with saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, a second-generation Indo-American composer who is equally fluent with modern jazz and the ancient traditions of South Indian classical music. Both a great player and a restless innovator, Mahanthappa not only has a few of his own projects and ensembles but also plays with jazz giants such as legendary drummer Jack DeJohnette. His seamless and deeply-felt fusion of jazz and Indian is remarkable on its own terms but is also notable for Mahanthappa’s inspired musicianship: for the last three years he’s been Downbeat’s “Alto Saxophonist of the Year”, and received the same honour for the last five years from the Jazz Journalists Association. His latest album is 2013’s Gamak. This is one debut we are really looking forward to! Rez Abassi guitar, Rich Brown bass, Dan Weiss drums

“Unlike Coltrane, Mahanthappa’s Brooklyn/Indian accent heard on Gamak is spiced with prog-rock jazz and a post-M-BASE sound”. – allaboutjazz

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Rudresh Mahanthappa's Gamak @ Winter Jazzfest NYC, 01.12.2013