Rudresh Mahanthappa performs at Newport Jazz. i

Rudresh Mahanthappa performs at Newport Jazz. Wiqan Ang hide caption

itoggle caption Wiqan Ang
Rudresh Mahanthappa performs at Newport Jazz.

Rudresh Mahanthappa performs at Newport Jazz.

Wiqan Ang

Newport Jazz Festival

Rudresh Mahanthappa's Indo-Pak Coalition 2009WGBH

Listen

Listen

Loading…

1:02:52
  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    Embed <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/111691298/111714960" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">

After one of his student recitals in conservatory, alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa received a curious present from his brother: a CD titled Saxophone Indian Style. The disc was created by a musician named Kadri Gopalnath, who plays the sax in the Carnatic South Indian tradition; its gifting was half intended as a joke. But that music proved to be a legitimately eye-opening discovery. For Mahanthappa, the American-born son of Indian immigrants, it unlocked a door as to how he could creatively engage the creative legacy of his ancestors.

Several years later, and with a collaboration with Gopalnath safely in the can (2008's release Kinsmen), Mahanthappa is still fruitfully exploring the intersection of South Asian modes and forms with modern jazz. To wit: the trio project he calls the Indo-Pak coalition, featuring Pakistani-American jazz guitarist Rez Abbasi and drummer Dan Weiss, who has intensely studied the tabla and other South Asian hand percussion. If the group's 2008 release Apti is any indication, Sunday's opening set on the Harbor stage at Newport will feature the pointed, pungent sound of Mahanthappa's sax swirling about inviting rhythmic textures.

Personnel
  • Rudresh Mahanthappa, alto sax
  • Rez Abbasi, guitar
  • Dan Weiss, tabla/drums
Set List
  • "Apti"
  • "Vandanaa Trayee" (Shankar)
  • "Adana"
  • "Palka Market"
  • "IIT"
[+] read more[-] less

More From Jazz

Corky Hale appears on the cover of her album Corky Hale Plays George Gershwin & Vernon Duke. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

itoggle caption Courtesy of the artist

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Corky Hale On Piano Jazz

The pioneering pianist, harpist, flutist and cellist has worked with Mel Tormé and Billie Holiday.

Listen Loading… 57:51
  • Playlist
  • Embed
    Embed <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/425725724/425870258" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">

Dwike Mitchell (left), pictured with longtime collaborator Willie Ruff. Vincent Oneppo/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

itoggle caption Vincent Oneppo/Courtesy of the artist

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Dwike Mitchell On Piano Jazz

The pianist joins Marian McPartland to perform "Lush Life" and "Don't Worry 'Bout Me."

Listen Loading… 57:53
  • Playlist
  • Embed
    Embed <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/419545096/419554645" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">

Members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra play an Exquisite Corpse at Woodlawn Cemetery as part of Make Music New York on June 21, 2015. Polina Yamshchikov/NPR hide caption

itoggle caption Polina Yamshchikov/NPR

Jazz Night In America

Jazz Lives At Duke Ellington's Resting Place

See young jazz musicians honor their elders at a cemetery that's more like a hall of fame.

Jimmy Greene. Jimmy Katz/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

itoggle caption Jimmy Katz/Courtesy of the artist

Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program

Jimmy Greene Remembers A 'Beautiful Life'

The saxophonist's latest album honors his 6-year-old daughter, killed in the 2012 Newtown shooting.

Listen Loading… 57:25
  • Playlist
  • Embed
    Embed <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/418925379/418929187" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
Back To Top