Rez Abbasi Invocation, Vijay Iyer, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Dan Weiss | Duke Campus: Baldwin Auditorium | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week
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Rez Abbasi Invocation

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Rez Abbasi Invocation

Rez Abbasi Invocation, Vijay Iyer, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Dan Weiss 

When: Sat., Dec. 17, 8 p.m. 2016
Price: $10-$28

Rez Abbasi's Invocation brings together three of the greatest minds attempting to fuse jazz with the music of the Indian subcontinent: guitarist Abbasi, pianist Vijay Iyer, and saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa. For this set, which was originally scheduled for January but got frozen out by an ice storm, Abbasi has written a series of original compositions rooted as much in jazz as qawwali, Sufi devotional music. However, unlike some attempts at jazz fusion, Abbasi doesn't seek to re-create qawwali, but rather to invoke its ecstatic energy, expansive song forms, and bits of its harmonies within broad jazz structures. His 2013 album, Suno Suno, spins dense tapestries, layering complex polyrhythms in whirling tunes that go all over the place. Songs can settle into expanded versions of Bad Plus grooves only to be diverted by a soloist with something completely different in mind. Abbasi often evokes fellow guitarists Pat Metheny and Mary Halvorson, but his approach to the instrument is consistently his own. —Dan Ruccia

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