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Faculty Concert Series: Sundar Viswanathan with Avataar

Feb 27, 2014, 7:30pm-9:30pm

Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer and York jazz  Professor Sundar Viswanathan brings his dynamic ensemble Avataar to centre stage.

Avataar marries Hindustani raag and taal, hardbop jazz, Brazilian lyricism, electronica, atmospheric textures and ambiance, Javanese gamelan, and contemporary improvisation to create a mesmerizing blend of rhythmic hypnotism, sonic landscapes and soaring melody.

Avataar is:

Sundar Viswanathan: saxes, flute
Michael Occhipinti: guitar
Felicity Williams: vocals
Ravi Naimpally: tabla
Justin Gray: bass
Giampaolo Scatozza: drums


In addition to Avataar, Viswanathan leads his eponymous quartet and Sundar's Induswest Project, and performs and records with the world music ensemble Jaffa Road. He has also appeared with many other groups, including the Grammy-nominated Charles Tolliver Big Band, and with leading artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Billy Hart, Jeanne Lee, Joe Lovano, Clark Terry, Al Martino and Kenny Wheeler.

Viswanathan has toured widely in Canada and the US, Europe, South Africa, Japan and Brazil. His performance credits include the Lincoln Center, Count Basie Invitational Jazz Festival and leading jazz clubs the Blue Note and Birdland in New York, and Lula Lounge and Hugh's Room in Toronto.  

"...a world of diversity in which tradition and innovation successfully meet... a consistently original and haunting musical voice... Sundar's South Asian musical influences blend seamlessly with the ambitious sonic flows of his fellow jazz musicians to create a different kind of world music."  -David Fujino, The Live Music Report

Admission: $15 | $5 for students & seniors


Box Office: online  or tel. 416-736-5888

Map & Directions 


Location:Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele St.
Sponsor:Department of Music, Faculty of Fine Arts
Posted by:Judy Karacs
Web Sitehttp://music.finearts.yorku.ca/events
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