THE RUDRESH MAHANTHAPPA QUARTET is one of the freshest bands in jazz today. Consisting of the best young talent that New York City has to offer, this band continues to turn heads with their ground-breaking sound and innovative vision. Their debut recording, The Preserver, clearly shows how this quartet is taking jazz in new directions at an unparalleled level of virtuosity. Mahanthappa’s compositions push the boundaries of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic convention as he draws from the rich traditions of non-western music. Listen as the Rudresh Mahanthappa Quartet takes jazz into the new millennium!
In addition to RUDRESH on alto saxophone, the quartet consists of:
VIJAY IYER (Piano) has released three critically acclaimed compact discs of original music, Memorophilia ( 1995 ) and Architextures ( 1998 ) on Asian Improv Records and Panopticon Modes ( 2001 ) on Red Giant. He has traveled worldwide as a leader, appearing at international festivals with his quartet. He has also collaborated extensively with saxophonist Steve Coleman, appearing on numerous world tours and several of his albums on RCA Records. In addition he has joined forces with a wide assortment of cutting-edge creative artists, such as innovative musicians Cecil Taylor, Roscoe Mitchell, George Lewis, John Tchicai, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Miya Masaoka and Gerry Hemingway; the ground- breaking hip-hop group Midnight Voices; and the legendary African-American poet Amiri Baraka. All of his creative alliances exemplify Iyer’s commitment to collective, revolutionary work that reflects the realities of his diverse community. Learn more about Vijay at www.vijay-iyer.com.
FRANÇOIS MOUTIN (Bass) is one of the most sought after young European jazz bass players. In addition to co-leading a band with his twin brother Louis he has been working steadily with Martial Solal, Michel Portal, Antoine Herve, Daniel Humair, André Ceccarelli, and Eric Lelann. He has also performed with Peter Erskine, Randy Brecker, Mino Cinelu, Dave Liebman, John Abercrombie, Toots Thielemans, Didier Lockwood, Larry Schneider, Aldo Romano, James Moody, Terri Lyne Carrington, Richard Galliano, Oliver Lake, Bernard Lubat, Aaron Scott, Odean Pope, George Brown, Sunny Murray, Michel Legrand, Archie Shepp, Claude Nougaro, Trilok Gurtu, Bob Berg, Birelli Lagrene, Christian Escoude, Wladimir Kosma, Marius Constant, Markus Stockhausen, L’Ensemble Intercontemporain, James Hurt, Jean-Michel Pilc, Vijay Iyer, Ben Monder, Steve Davis, Kurt Rosenwinkle, Richie Beirach, Clark Terry, Don Alias, and Rick Margitza. François has performed in every important European jazz festival and toured in more than 30 countries around the world. Learn more about François at www.moutin.com.
ELLIOT HUMBERTO KAVEE (Percussion) has performed/recorded ground-breaking new music with Francis Wong, Omar Sosa, Joseph Jarman, Steve Coleman, Don Cherry, Cecil Taylor, Ben Goldberg, John Tchicai, Glenn Horiuchi, Elliot Sharp, Tim Berne, Jon Jang, Vijay Iyer and his own projects. A prolific recording artist, Elliot has played on over 40 critically acclaimed recordings in the past four years. As a performer he has played the Monterey, Asian American, San Francisco, New York and North Sea jazz festivals. Currently setting Europe ablaze with Afro-Cuban phenom Omar Sosa, Kavee's work is also featured on recent releases by the Jon Raskin/Tim Berne Quartet, Omar Sosa's Bembon, and the Francis Wong/Elliot Humberto Kavee Quartet. Learn more about Elliot at www.elliothumbertokavee.com.
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