Guggenheim fellow and 2009 Downbeat International Critics Poll Winner
(“Rising Star-Jazz Artist” and “Rising Star-Alto Saxophone”) Rudresh
Mahanthappa is one of the most innovative young musicians and composers
in jazz today.
Named Alto Saxophonist of the Year for 2009 by the Jazz Journalist
Association, Rudresh has incorporated the culture of his Indian ancestry and
has fused myriad influences to create a truly groundbreaking artistic vision.
As a performer, he leads/co-leads seven groups to critical acclaim. His recent
release for Pi Recordings Kinsmen featuring Carnatic saxophone legend Kadri
Gopalnath (September 25, 2008) was named one of the Top Jazz CDs of 2008
by over 20 news sources including the New York Times, NPR, BBC, Boston
Globe, slate.com, JazzTimes, and the Village Voice to name just a few