194 Queen West, Toronto

N.Y.'s Rez Abbasi w/ Dave Binney, Dan Weiss, Matt Mitchell & Johannes Weidenmuller

Rez Abbasi-Guitar, Dave Binney-Sax, Matt Mitchell-Keys,
Johannes Weidenmuller-Bass & Dan Weiss-Drums      

Rez Abbasi's Invocation

New York guitarist, Rez Abbasi, brings his all-star group to the Rex Hotel for two memorable evenings.

For over a decade, Abbasi has been blazing a new trail along with cohorts, Rudresh Mahanthappa and Vijay Iyer, as a leading figure in Indian - American cutting edge jazz. His work spans far and wide, performing in award winning groups as Mahanthappa’s Indo - Pak Coalition and Indian vocalist, Kiran Ahluwalia’s group along with many more projects.
Abbasi has put out several albums as a leader, from acoustic guitar driving quartet music, to electrified organ trio featuring Indian vocals. His ultra - modern group Invocation, pulls all aspects of Abbasi’s persona into a cohesive, distinctive voice, rarely paralleled in today’s jazz. Including band mates Rudresh Mahanthappa, Vijay Iyer, Dan Weiss and Johannes Weidenmueller, Invocation’s debut release, Things To Come(2009), was included in Downbeat magazine’s ‘best albums of the decade’ and also received the prestigious Chamber Music America composition grant. For their second release, Suno, Suno (Enja 2011) and Abbasi’s eighth recording, the compositions focus on a musical form from Pakistan called, Qawwali.

This weekend will feature music from Suno Suno along with new compositions with an elite band of David Binney, alto saxophone, Matt Mitchell, piano, Johannes Wiedenmueller, bass and Dan Weiss drums. Not to be missed.