Guggenheim fellow, Doris Duke Performing Artist Awardee, and 2013 Downbeat International Critics Poll Alto Saxophonist of the Year, Rudresh Mahanthappa is one of the most innovative composers and performers in jazz today, fusing the musical culture of his Indian ancestry and jazz with myriad other influences to create a groundbreaking artistic vision.
Mahanthappa leads/co-leads several groups including the electro-acoustic quartet Samdhi featuring guitarist David Gilmore and the Indo-Pak Coalition with Rez Abassi on guitar and tabla master Dan Weiss. Previous ensembles include the critically-acclaimed Kinsmen featuring Carnatic saxophone legend Kadri Golpalnath and Apex, which showcased the highly influential alto-sax master Bunky Green.
His second release on ACT Music & Vision, Gamak, features a fiery communion with the always stunning David "Fuze" Fiuczynski (guitar) and a return to Mahanthappa's longtime quartet partners François Moutin (acoustic bass) and Dan Weiss (drums). Available worldwide on January 29, 2013!