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Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Gamak to Perform as Part of 2012–2013 Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz Series at the Albright-Knox on January 27

January 24, 2013

Buffalo, NY The 2012–2013 Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz Series will present Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Gamak, featuring David “Fuze” Fiuczynski, at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery on Sunday, January 27, 2013, at 3 pm. A pre-concert demonstration performance, “Unraveling the Mystery: The Sounds of the Sitar,” with sitarist Naryan Padmanabha, will begin at 2 pm. Tickets are $25 for Gallery Members and $29 for non-members and can be purchased at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Admissions Desk.

Alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa is consistently heralded as one of the most original musicians to ascend the world stage in recent years. His prolific contributions to contemporary jazz have earned him a Guggenheim Fellowship, numerous commissions to create new work, the title of the Jazz Journalists Association’s “Alto Saxophonist of the Year” for the past four years, and a place at the top of the 2011 and 2012 DownBeat International Critics Poll. Mahanthappa’s rare ability to synthesize the South Indian musical concepts of his cultural heritage with a seemingly boundless range of unexpected influences has earned the highest praise from critics and fans alike. “To observe that Mahanthappa fused the incantatory phrase-making and exotic scales of Indian music with the free-wheeling improvisational spirit of American jazz would be an understatement. He’s so thoroughly immersed in both worlds that he conjured up a startlingly original merger of the two” (Chicago Tribune).

Mahanthappa’s John Coltrane–inspired saxophone sound is well matched to the ever-questing thrust of Gamak, his new quartet. Gamak features the stellar, intricate guitar work of David “Fuze” Fiuczynski (who also teams up with Mahanthappa in Jack DeJohnette’s current group), as well as Mahanthappa’s longtime rhythm section of François Moutin on bass and Dan Weiss on drums. Gamak’s new eponymous recording will be released on the ACT Music label concurrent with its Albright-Knox concert; attendees will be among the first in the world to hear the music performed live.

Now in its fourteenth season as the most successful music series of its kind in Western New York history, Art of Jazz has established the Albright-Knox Auditorium as one of the premier venues for live jazz in North America. The series will continue with classic jazz masters The Jim Cullum Jazz Band on Sunday, March 17, 2013, and the acclaimed vocalist Gretchen Parlato on Saturday, May 4, 2013. The price of individual concert tickets is $25 for Gallery Members and $29 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Admissions Desk.

Programs are subject to change. For the most current information, please call the Gallery at 716.882.8700 or 716.270.8292, or visit www.albrightknox.org/artofjazz.

The Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz Series is supported, in part, by a generous grant from Hunt Real Estate. It is produced by Bruce Eaton and organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Gamak concert has been made possible, in part, through the generous support of Jennifer Bayles and Robert Steinfeld.

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