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Aakash Mittal with Jonathan Fisher Group / Jazz

April 20 @ 9:30 pm

Dallas jazz club invites Aakash Mittal.

Hailed as “A fiery alto saxophonist and prolific composer” by the Star Tribune (Minneapolis), Aakash Mittal is emerging as an expressive artistic voice. His self-released album, Videsh, has been regarded as, “point[ing] toward new possibilities in improvised music.” (The Denver Post) As a composer and improviser, Mittal employs colorful dissonances, meditative silences, and angular rhythms to express environments and spaces ranging from the American west to the dense streets of Kolkata.

Mittal has performed nationally at such venues as The Dakota (Minneapolis), The Cultural Center of Chicago, The Blue Room, (Kansas City) and Dazzle Jazz Club (Denver). Internationally, Aakash Mittal has led a quartet at the Congo Square Jazz Festival in Kolkata, India. As a sideman, Mittal as performed in Kolkata with world- renowned percussionist Pandit Tanmoy Bose’s Taal Tantra, and with the creative music ensemble Kendraka. In 2012 Mittal toured Mexico with Ravish Momin’s Trio Tarana. Other collaborations include PI Recordings artist Amir Elsaffar, avant- garde poet Bhanu Kapil, Yells at Eels with Dennis Gonzalez, and Joining Handswith bharatnatyam dancer Anjal Chande.

As a composer, Aakash Mittal has written extensively for jazz quartet composing over fifty new works. Other commissions include, Urban Raga (2011), Transitions (2011), and Questions of Identity (2012) for the Playground EnsembleOctet on Raga Yaman(2009) for the Ethos West Chamber Orchestra. In 2012 Mittal wrote Meditation for Pictures on Silence saxophone and harp duo. As a leader, Mittal has self-released four recordings, Possible BeginningsVideshThumbs Up EP, and Ocean to rave reviews.

Aakash Mittal’s awards and honors include the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music (2012) and the Herb Albert/ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award (2013). Aakash Mittal is a 2013 American Institute of Indian Studies Creative and Performing Arts Fellow.

For more go to Aakashmittal.com

JONATHAN FISHER (bass)- Is a graduate of the internationally renowned Jazz Studies Program at the University of North Texas. He studied in Paris w Modern Bass Virtuoso Francois Rabbath and notes influences of Edgar Meyer, John Coltrane, Tony Levin & Paul Chambers. ANDREW GRIFFITH (drums)- Also a graduate of UNT’s prestigious Jazz Studies program, he has performed in the 3’O Clock Lab Band with many accomplished artists including Wynton Marsalis.



April 20
9:30 pm
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The Balcony Club
1825 Abrams RD
Dallas, TX 75214 United States


The Balcony Club