Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa Comes to The Stone

Rudresh Mahanthappa. Photo by Ethan Levitas.

The Stone kicked off their 2014 residencies with a week of music from Thurston Moore and guests in tribute to Lou Reed.  Their excellent jazz lineup continues this week with saxophonist and composer Rudresh Mahanthappa.

Rudresh Mahanthappa. Photo by Ethan Levitas.
Rudresh Mahanthappa. Photo by Ethan Levitas.

He begins his six day residency tonight at 8pm with his “Bird Project,” featuring Matt Mitchell (piano), François Moutin (acoustic base), and Rudy Royston (drums). They’ll play together for three nights (two sets each night) and then Mahanthappa will present his “Indo-Pak Coalition,” featuring Rez Abbasi (guitars, electronics) and Dan Weiss (tabla, drums). Mahanthappa’s song, “Waiting is Forbidden” was featured on NPR’s 100 Favorite Songs of 2013.  Of the song, NPR Music asked, “A Bollywood car chase from the funky ’70s? A midnight knife fight in the sci-fi future? Or just sax and guitar shredding, done right?”

His latest album, Gamak, will be released on January 27th.

Rudresh Mahanthappa plays in residency at The Stone through Sunday, Jan. 12th // 8pm and 10pm // $15 // Ave. C and 2nd St.