Born in Karachi, Pakistan, guitarist/composer Rez Abbasi moved to California at the age of four. He was educated at the University of Southern California and the Manhattan School of Music in jazz and classical music, as well as in India under the guidance of master percussionist, Ustad Alla Rakha. Living in NYC for the past 18 years, he has performed worldwide with artists as varied as Ruth Brown, Peter Erskine, Dave Douglas and Pandit Kadri Gopalnath. He is musical director and producer for Indian/Canadian vocalist, Kiran Ahluwalia and plays an integral role in Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition and Kinsmen groups. The Invocation Quintet will perform The Motherland Suite which draws upon influences from the Pakistani Qawwali musical form— a genre popularized by the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The Quintet features Greg Osby, alto saxophone; Vijay Iyer, piano; Johannes Weidenmueller, bass; and Dan Weiss, drums.
iNK oN pAPER is a drum, bass, and electronics duo from Milton Villarrubia III (drums and laptop) and Carlos Santistevan (bass and electronics). After making music together as a rhythm section in numerous creative projects for 12 years, Carlos and Milton are now honing their craft in a duo setting exploring the vast possibilities of their respective instruments. Both members play hybridized versions of their instruments with Milton using Midi triggers on his drums to trigger samples and processing using Ableton Live and Carlos incorporating analog live looping and signal processing on his upright electric bass.
“… as if drum ‘n’ bass took a detour through an electro-acoustic free-punk Jucifer and had its downbeats addled or partly removed.”-Signal to Noise Review
The result is a duo that is drags rhythm through the mud in unimaginably glorious ways.