Rudresh Mahanthappa
Bird Calls

VÖ: 27.02.2015

Genre: US Jazz



ACT 9581-2, 614427958129
Rudresh Mahanthappa / alto saxophone
Adam O'Farrill / trumpet
Matt Mitchell / piano
François Moutin / acoustic bass
Rudy Royston / drums

Music composed and produced by Rudresh K. Mahanthappa

Recorded August 4 & 5, 2014 mixed August 24 & 25, 2014 and mastered September 3, 2014 by Mike Marciano at Systems Two, Brooklyn, New York

Cover art by Katja Strunz, by permission of the artist. By courtesy of Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin

A contemporary perspective on one of the founding fathers of modern jazz: Charlie "Bird" Parker. In an intelligent and multifaceted way, Mahanthappa uses influences from Parker's work as a foundation for his compositions and improvisations.

Rudresh Mahanthappa
Few musicians share the ability of saxophonist/composer Rudresh Mahanthappa to embody the expansive possibilities of his music with his culture.What has materialized is a sound that hybridizes progressive jazz and South Indian classical music in a fluid and forward-looking form that reflects Mahanthappa’s own experience growing up a second-generation Indian-American. The manifestations of that trajectory include the latest version of his quartet setting, currently named Gamak, and now featuring guitarist David “Fuze” Fiuczynski, whose own microtonal vocabulary has opened new possibilities for Mahanthappa’s compositional imagination.  Mahanthappa has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and commissions from the Rockefeller Foundation MAP Fund, Chamber Music America and the American Composers Forum.  He has been named alto saxophonist of the year for three years running in Downbeat Magazine’s International Critics Polls (2011-2013) and for five years running by the Jazz Journalists’ Association (2009-2013). In April 2013, he received a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, one of the most prominent arts awards in the world.