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Jazz Guitarist and Composer Rez Abbasi Live at Wexner Center this Saturday

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by Mark Subel on February 17, 2011

This Saturday, February 19th, the Wexner Center performance space welcomes jazz guitarist and composer, Rez Abbasi. Show time is at 8pm. Rez Abbasi draws on the devotional qawwali music of his Pakistani heritage (best known in the U.S. from the work of the late great singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan) for this special program he calls Motherland. In his vibrant musical hybrid, Abbasi taps into the essence of qawwali’s driving euphoric sound with the talented musicians of Invocation, his instrumental jazz ensemble. The group features players such as saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and drummer Dan Weiss—Abbasi’s cohorts in the band Indo-Pak Coalition—as well as Johannes Weidenmueller on bass and pianist Matt Mitchell.

Rez Abbasi first played at the Wex as part of Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Kinsmen ensemble in 2007, which combined American jazz artists of South Asian heritage with adventurous Indian classical musicians. Abbasi’s sinuous guitar lines and stellar electric sitar turns contributed to an evening of transcendent music that delighted the evening’s crowd, and we look forward to his return as a leader of this great band.

Motherland, by Rez Abbasi’s Invocation, has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America’s 2009 New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development program funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Hear and Read more about Rez Abbasi on the web: http://www.reztone.com/

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