- Date / Time: 03/22/2014 : 7:00 PM
- Location: Caleb Auditorium
- Address: Saiacs CEO Centre,363, Dodda Gubbi Road, Kothanur,Bangalore,Karnataka,India
- Entry: Rs. 250
- Booking: Click Here
Do you like Indo-Jazz music? If you do, you`re surely going to enjoy a performance by the Aakash Mittal Kolkata Quintet!
About Aakash Mittal:
Hailed as “a fiery alto-saxophonist and prolific composer“ by the Star Tribune (Minneapolis), Aakash Mittal has emerged as a fresh voice in creative music. His self-released album, “Videsh“, has been regarded as “pointing toward new possibilities in improvised music. (The Denver Post) As a composer and improviser, Mittal employs colorful dissonances, meditative silences, and angular rhythms to express environments and spaces, ranging from the American west to the dense streets of Kolkata.
Mittal has performed at venues like The Dakota (Minneapolis), The Cultural Center of Chicago, The Blue Room, (Kansas City) and Dazzle Jazz Club (Denver). Internationally, Aakash Mittal has led a quartet at the Congo Square Jazz Festival in Kolkata, India. As a sideman, Mittal has performed in Kolkata with world-renown percussionist Pandit Tanmoy Bose`s Taal Tantra and with the creative music ensemble, Kendraka. In 2012, Mittal toured Mexico with Ravish Momin`s Trio Tarana. His other collaborations include PI Recordings artist Amir Elsaffar, avant-garde poet Bhanu Kapil, Yells at Eels with Dennis Gonzalez, and Joining Hands with bharatnatyam dancer Anjal Chande.
As a composer, he has written extensively for jazz quartet composing over fifty new works. His commissions include Urban Raga (2011), Transitions (2011) and Questions of Identity (2012) for the Playground Ensemble. He has also composed the Octet on Raga Yaman (2009) for the Ethos West Chamber Orchestra. In 2012, Mittal wrote Meditation for Pictures on Silence saxophone and harp duo. As a leader, Mittal has self-released four recordings, Possible Beginnings, Videsh, Thumbs Up EP and Ocean to rave reviews.
In 2012, Aakash Mittal was awarded the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music. In 2013, he was awarded the Herb Albert/ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award. Aakash Mittal is a 2013 American Institute of Indian Studies Creative and Performing Arts Fellow.
About the band :
The Aakash Mittal Kolkata Quintet employs colourful dissonances, meditative silences, and angular rhythms to express environments and spaces ranging from the American west to the dense streets of Kolkata. Comprised of international musicians hailing from the US, Australia, and India, the quintet blurs the line between genres performing music that is rooted in jazz, western classical, and Indian traditions to create “beautiful music that [is] at once soulful and exhilarating“. (The Telegraph Kolkata).
The line-up includes Mainak “Bumpy“ Nag on bass, Nishad Pandey on guitars, Jayanthi Bunyan on vocals and Gaurab Chatterjee on drums.