Public Engagement

General Public

Jazz Presents | Cultural Crossroads: South Indian Carnatic Music Meets Jazz | Arun Luthra's Konnakol Jazz Project

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

School of Jazz Performance Space, Room I531, Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, Jazz Presents series features two concerts this spring, led by Jazz faculty Arun Luthra and Rory Stuart, that merge the improvisational virtuosity of jazz with the melodic and rhythmic nuance of South Indian classical music. 

Join us March 11 for Arun Luthra's Konnakol Jazz Project. Konnakol is the Carnatic (South Indian classical) music art of vocalizing rhythms.  Arun Luthra is an American jazz saxophonist, konnakol artist, and composer of Indian heritage who has long focused on bringing konnakol and Indian classical music rhythmic concepts into the jazz tradition.  Luthra is joined by his long-time rhythm section of Thomson Kneeland on bass and Jordan Perlson on drums, along with one of the brightest new lights in jazz, pianist James Francies, and one of Carnatic music's rising stars, mridangamist & konnakol artist Akshay Anantapadmanabhan.

Arun Luthra began his formal music training in Belgium at the age of nine, studying European classical guitar. He eventually focused on the saxophone as his primary instrument and soon began an active performing and writing career. As a performer he has shared the stage and recorded with many of the greatest jazz, Afro-CubanBrazilian, and pop artists in the world, including Billy HarperEddie HendersonKenny GarrettDennis IrwinJoe ChambersCharli PersipBobby PorcelliPortinhoZé Renato,The TemptationsThe Four TopsFrankie ValliBobby ShortLew SoloffBernard Purdie and Ray Vega.

Join us March 31 for Rory Stuart's new trio concert

The Jazz Presents series is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts. 

Event Type

Music Performances


General Public


Performing Arts


Mannes School of Music, School of Jazz


Music, Jazz


$10 general public. Free ticket for students and seniors with valid I.D.

Recent Activity

People Interested

Getting Here

Detailed Directions

By Train:
The 4, 5, 6, N, R, Q and L to 14th St./Union Square.
The A, C and E to 14th St. and 8th Ave.
The 1, 2 and 3 to 14th St. and 7th Ave.
The F and M to 14th St. and 6th Ave.
PATH train to 14th St. and 6th Ave.

Event Registration Required

This event requires registration.