“Remarkable rhythmic and melodic facility, sophisticated harmonic conception, distinctive use of odd intervals are all on display in Abbasi’s guitar improvisations…Things To Come blends elements of jazz, funk, South Asian and classical music with engaging ingenuity.”
Rez Abbasi – guitar
Dave Binney – alto sax
David Virelles – piano
Johannes Weidenmueller – bass
Dan Weiss – drums
Playing new compositions from his recent Chamber Music America commission, Motherland Suite, New York guitarist Rez Abbasi continues to challenge the integration of his Indian/Pakistani heritage with jazz. This concert will demonstrate his talents as a conceptualist and a virtuosic instrumentalist as his group entangles in an endless arsenal of fresh ideas – not to be missed.
Throughout Europe, Canada, the U.S., Mexico and India – Rez Abassi is considered one of the foremost modern jazz guitar players today. A delicate fusion of musical styles and colorful traditions – gently rolled into one live performance, this rising star steps front and center as leader with bold compositions that draw upon the joy and enigmatic spirit of Qawwali, within a familiar “post bop, modern jazz” framework. Enthusiasts can expect a well-informed guided tour through southern Asia to discover ancient devotional traditions practiced within the Muslim faith. A secular music with both a serious and playful side, Qawwali – nearly a century old, has recently been featured at major world music festivals gaining mainstream attention. From a high level altitude, Bride-goers will experience something completely new gaining fresh global perspective from Abbasi – an artist who continues to push boundaries to chart the outer reaches of the jazz idiom.