By Litchfield Performing Arts, a not-for-profit educational charity.

Rudresh Mahanthappa Indo-Pak Coalition

Few musicians share the ability of Rudresh Mahanthappa to embody the expansive possibilities of his music with his culture. The saxophonist/composer hybridizes progressive jazz and South Indian classical music in a fluid and forward-looking form reflecting his own experience growing up a second-generation Indian-American. Just as his personal experience is never wholly lived on one side of the hyphenate or the other, his music speaks in a voice dedicated to forging a new path forward.

The current manifestations of that trajectory include his latest project “Bird Calls” (2015), which was named #1 album of the year by both Downbeat and NPR Music’s Jazz Critics Poll. This 21st Century tribute to Charlie Parker, which Downbeat Magazine named Best Album of 2015, includes a stellar band of pianist Matt Mitchell, bassist François Moutin, drummer Rudy Royston, and 20-year old trumpet prodigy Adam O’Farrill. The 2013 album “Gamak” featured guitarist David “Fuze” Fiuczynski, whose own microtonal vocabulary opened new possibilities for Mahanthappa’s compositional imagination, alongside bassist Francois Moutin and drummer Dan Weiss. The 2010 release of “Samdhi” (ACT Music + Vision), a multi-cultural ensemble that advances Mahanthappa’s blend of jazz and Indian music with modernist electronic music, was described by JazzTimes as “a landmark convergence of styles that didn’t lend itself to easy analysis… new music of this caliber hasn’t been attempted before.” Other recent projects run the gamut from the cross-generational alto summit Apex featuring Bunky Green; trios MSG and Mauger; the quintet Dual Identity co-led with fellow altoist Steve Lehman; and Raw Materials, his long-running duo project with pianist Vijay Iyer.

Mahanthappa also continues to partner with Pakistani-American guitarist Rez Abbasi and innovative percussionist Dan Weiss in the Indo-Pak Coalition, while giants in both jazz and South Indian music have recognized his success: he was enlisted by Jack DeJohnette for the legendary drummer’s new working group, while a collaboration with the renowned Carnatic saxophonist Kadri Gopalnath resulted in Mahanthappa’s critically- acclaimed 2008 CD “Kinsmen” (Pi).

Hailed by the New York Times as possessing “a roving intellect and a bladelike articulation,” Mahanthappa has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships, and numerous commissions. He has been named alto saxophonist of the year four of the past five years in Downbeat Magazine’s International Critics Polls and for five years running by the Jazz Journalists’ Association. In April 2013, he received a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, one of the most prestigious arts awards in the world. In 2015, he was named a United States Artists Fellow.

In 2016 Mahanthappa was appointed Director of Jazz at Princeton University. He is a Yamaha artist and uses Vandoren reeds exclusively.

This is Rudresh Mahanthappa’s first appearance at the Litchfield Jazz Festival. He’s performing with his Indo-Pak Coalition featuring Rez Abbasi on guitar and Dan Weiss on drums.

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Main Stage, Goshen Fairgrounds

By Car:
The Goshen Fairgrounds is located in the northwest corner of Connecticut, on the right approximately 1/2 mile south of the center of Goshen on Route 63. The Litchfield Jazz Festival is held at the Goshen Fairgrounds and FREE parking for the Festival is at the Goshen Fairgrounds Fields, directly across the street from the Fairgrounds. It’s a lovely drive from any direction!

Address for Google Maps:
116 Old Middle Street
Goshen, CT 06756

HANDICAP PARKING is located directly on the Festival grounds. There will be ample signs to direct handicap patrons where to park.

By Train:
It’s easy, relaxing and affordable to get to Goshen on Metro-North Railroad from Grand Central Station in New York City. Take the Harlem Line Train to the Metro-North's TenMile River stop in Amenia, NY, just 28 miles from Goshen where you can meet one of the Kent/Goshen area livery services (see list below). For Metro-North schedules and tickets visit www.mta.info.

For questions email info@litchfieldjazzfest.com or call 860-361-6285.

By Plane:
Goshen is approximately 38 miles from Bradley International Airport in Connecticut, 100 miles from Laguardia Airport and from John F. Kennedy Airport, both in New York. Once you arrive, you may need a livery service. Below are recommended services.

Livery Services:
ADVANCE LUXURY LIMOUSINE
203-792-0292

www.limousineservicedanbury.com
Mention Litchfield Jazz when you call for a 10% discount on a round trip.
BERKSHIRE LIVERY
860-567-8769
FOUR STAR LIMOUSINE
800-982-2475

Mention Litchfield Jazz when you call for a 10% discount.
GATEWAY LIMOUSINE INC.
800-942-8392
www.gatewaylimos.com
Mention Litchfield Jazz when you call for a 10% discount.
KEE LIMOUSINE & I'LL DRIVE LIVERY SERVICE
860-355-4509
www.keelimo.com
Mention Litchfield Jazz when you call for a 10% discount.

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