Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Gamak

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Welcomed by New Music Circle

“In the case of Rudresh Mahanthappa, we’re witnessing his passing from a rising star into one of our most important artists.” DownBeat Magazine

Guggenheim Fellow and DownBeat International Critics Poll winner Rudresh Mahanthappa is one of the most innovative musicians and composers in jazz today. Named “Alto Saxophonist of the Year” five consecutive times from 2009-2013 by the Jazz Journalists Association, Mahanthappa has incorporated the culture of his Indian ancestry, fusing myriad influences to create a truly groundbreaking artistic vision. Mahanthappa’s latest project, Gamak, unveils his new band featuring guitarist Rez Abbasi, bassist François Moutin, and drummer Dan Weiss. Gamak is destined to reach great heights in presenting a contemporary American music that synthesizes Western and non-Western musical forms and concepts.

Rudresh small by Ethan LevitasGamak, coming from the South Indian term for melodic ornamentation gamaka, signifies universal sense of how one can approach melody as both composer and improviser. The music put forth incorporates Western forms of jazz, progressive rock, heavy metal, country, American folk, go-go, and ambient while simultaneously engaging the rich traditions of Indian, Chinese, African, and Indonesian music. The end result is music that defies category, music that very much fits with the times in which we live.

style: avant-garde / modern jazz

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