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Alto Saxophonist of the Year Rudresh Mahanthappa performs at Yale Feb. 22

February 12, 2013

“A roving intellect and a bladelike articulation…”
–New York Times

The Ellington Jazz Series at the Yale School of Music continues its 2012–2013 season on Friday, February 22 at 8 pm with a concert featuring Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Gamak.

Gamak features Mahanthappa, a saxophonist with “a roving intellect and a bladelike articulation” (New York Times), with guitarist David “Fuze” Fiuczynski, bassist Francois Moutin, and drummer Dan Weiss.

Mahanthappa, named Alto Saxophonist of the Year 2012 by the Downbeat International Critics Poll, has rapidly become a jazz sensation. “Gamak,” from the South Indian word for melodic ornamentation, melds jazz, progressive rock, heavy metal, country, folk, go-go, and the Eastern influences of Indian, Chinese, African, and Indonesian music to produce a fusion that has defied easy description.

The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). It is the third and culminating event in the 40th anniversary gala season of the Ellington Jazz Series at Yale. Tickets to the concert are $20–$30, $10 with student ID, click HERE to purchase tickets or call 203 432-4158.

Click HERE for an interview of Rudresh Mahanthappa by Terry Gross on the NPR show Fresh Air.

About Rudresh Mahanthappa

Alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa embodies the undefinable cultural fusion of our age. A second-generation Indian American, his musical voice forges a new path that bestrides East and West, Old and New, producing a modern vernacular of jazz that hearkens back to the art form’s earliest origins. His self-titled debut, released in 2010, was hailed by JazzTimes as “a landmark convergence of styles that didn’t lend itself to easy analysis…a new music of this caliber hasn’t been attempted before.” Mahanthappa was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and commissions from the Rockefeller Foundation MAP Fund and American Composers Forum. He studied at Berklee College of Music and DePaul University, and has recently become the father of a son.

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