Rez Abbasi
Rez Abbasi
Cross-Cultures

Rez Abbasi Quartet

MAY 12-15 | Jazz Manouche

May 15, 2022
Joe Henderson Lab
SunMay 15
6:00 PM

$25

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SunMay 15
7:30 PM

$25

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Described as “an amazing guitarist” by no less an authority than Pat Metheny and recipient of the 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship for composition, Karachi-born Rez Abbasi is a musical alchemist whose cross-cultural compositions have embraced angular modern jazz, the fire-breathing exuberance of 70s-style jazz fusion, and the Qawwali and Indian Classical traditions of South Asia.

Known to SFJAZZ audiences for his work with the all-star Miles Davis-meets-India tribute project Miles From India, vocalist Kiran Ahluwalia, and alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition, Abbasi returns with a brand new project in an intriguing new collaboration with sitarist Joshua Feinberg — a superlative New York-born musician who, much like Abbasi, has devoted himself to an instrument indigenous to a culture other than his own. With a basis in Indian music, this night during a week dedicated to the jazz manouche of Django Reinhardt celebrates the many ties of the Romani people to the Indian subcontinent.

Raised in Los Angeles and inspired by Joe Pass, Abbasi began his journey at USC and the Manhattan School of Music before making a pilgrimage to India and studies with tabla master and Indian music icon Ustad Allah Rakha. He’s recorded fourteen albums as a leader with various ensembles and worked with a jaw-dropping list of greats including Vijay Iyer, Dave Liebman, Billy Hart, Dave Douglas, Kenny Werner, and Marilyn Crispell.

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Abbasi returns to SFJAZZ with a brand new project in an intriguing new collaboration with sitarist Joshua Feinberg — a superlative New York-born musician who, much like Abbasi, has devoted himself to an instrument indigenous to a culture other than his own. 

Mr. Abbasi succeeded in making some fairly cerebral intricacies feel intuitive and touched by a higher source.

The New York Times

Mr. Abbasi succeeded in making some fairly cerebral intricacies feel intuitive and touched by a higher source.

The New York Times

Personnel

Rez Abbasi electric and acoustic guitars
Josh Feinberg sitar
Jennifer Vincent cello
Satoshi Takeishi drums, percussion

Abbasi sounds like no one who has gone before him. His compositions are sheer genius.

AllAboutJazz

Personnel

Rez Abbasi electric and acoustic guitars
Josh Feinberg sitar
Jennifer Vincent cello
Satoshi Takeishi drums, percussion

Abbasi sounds like no one who has gone before him. His compositions are sheer genius.

AllAboutJazz

Watch & Listen

Rez Abbasi

Swing 42 (feat. Michael Sarin & Neil Alexander)

Rez Abbasi

September Song (feat. Michael Sarin & Neil Alexander)

Rez Abbasi

Swing 42 (feat. Michael Sarin & Neil Alexander)

Rez Abbasi

September Song (feat. Michael Sarin & Neil Alexander)

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