The Nash presents Carnatic Jazz

Improvisational Music from India Meets Jazz

The Nash is excited to put on a show of Carnatic Indian music fused with jazz featuring Rajat Sen and Anjan Saha. Rajat on tabla and Anjan on sitar are traveling from India to perform this evening of incredible music, mixing the timbres of Carnatic Indian classical music with the stylings of improvised jazz. It promises to bring something incredibly original and unique to The Nash stage for one night only, September 14, at 7:30pm. 

Joining them from Arizona will be Adam Roberts on tenor and soprano saxophones, Eric Rasmussen on alto saxophone, and Stan Sorenson on guitar. Improvisation is the soul of many forms of Carnatic music, and traditional Carnatic music rests on a melodic formula and rhythmic cycles which provide a base for improvisation to take flight. Adam describes the show, saying it could include arrangements from John Coltrane and even the Beatles.

“We have been trying to get this show to happen for a couple of years now and finally we have made it so that we can all be here together. This show is going to be heavily improvised, and it’s understood that there might be arrangements ready for us, but most of the music won’t come to life until we rehearse together. We thought a Beatles song would be cool because of the heavy sitar in the arrangement,” he said. “This music is often composed right before or even during the performance itself and often a single song can go for 45 minutes or longer. We may very well end up playing five 5 tunes for the entire show.”

Get ready to be taken on an improvisational journey unlike any The Nash has seen before. Jazz lovers, and fans of all music styles, will not want to miss this one!

Rajat Sen and Anjan Saha with Adam Roberts, Eric Rasmussen, and Stan Sorensen

Friday, September 14 from 7:30-10pm

$20, $10 for students (25 and under w/ID)

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