Melodic Modern Jazz
This Boulder, CO based saxophonist melds jazz techniques with East Indian musical traditions in his moving original music. His recent recording, Possible Beginnings, is an excellent representation of these cross-cultural ideas. While rooted in traditional jazz, there are Indian meters, rhythmic cycles, and raga-informed melodies throughout his music. He brings his quartet to the Dakota for one special Late Night show.
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What Other People Have Been Saying...
“A fiery alto saxophonist and prolific composer, Colorado-based Aakash Mittal taps into his East Indian heritage often, and comes up with far-flung post-bop, bracing fusion and entrancing world jazz that’s full of intensity and rhythmic challenge. His savvy quartet impresses with its ambition and cohesion on the debut CD, “Possible Beginnings.” If these guys were in Manhattan instead of the Rockies, they’d be generating a sizable buzz.” – Tom Surowicz, Star Tribune 3/20/2009
“Aakash Mittal is a talented young saxophonist poised to take jazz and world music in exciting new directions.” -Dave Pietro
“Aakash Mittal stands to make a significant contribution to modern jazz.” -Rudresh Mahanthappa