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Alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa brings South Indian sounds and serious chops to Blues Alley.
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Alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa brings South Indian sounds and serious chops to Blues Alley.

(Jan. 18-20) Indian Jazz
Georgetown’s Blues Alley is celebrating the fusion of jazz and traditional music from the Indian subcontinent this week - and that fusion takes a number of forms. Tonight you can catch Karachi-born, California-raised guitarist Rez Abassi, who balances modern jazz with classical Indian music. Tomorrow and Friday you can expect more music in that vein when Abassi-collaborator and acclaimed composer Rudresh Mahanthappa takes to the same stage. The New York-based alto saxophonist spends most of his time on the jazz avant-garde - toying with the form’s traditions and structures while seamlessly blending in South Indian sounds.

(Jan. 18-22) Les Saisons Russes
For some Russian tradition The Kennedy Center has the Mariinsky Ballet tonight through Sunday. The company packs about two-hundred years worth of history into Les Saisons Russes or “The Russian Seasons” - featuring fantastical stories of love and liberation set to compositions by Chopin and Stravinsky.

Music: “Apti” by Dan Weiss, Rudresh Mahanthappa


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