Enjoy Arun Luthra’s Konnakol Jazz Project – “Monarchs of Queens” – on April 28

Flushing Town Hall 2017-2018 composer-in-residence Arun Luthra presents with his band, Arun Luthra’s Konnakol Jazz Project, the world premiere of the music he is composing during his Exploring the Metropolis composer’s residency. The music tells the story of Queens’s extraordinary, yet little known, jazz history – Queens having been home to many of jazz’s greatest and most iconic figures, including Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, and Cannonball Adderley.

Arun Luthra’s music blends jazz with Indian classical music rhythms, which he performs vocally with the art form of konnakol, a reflection of his South Asian heritage.  This cultural fusion in Luthra’s music highlights and celebrates modern Queens’s unsurpassed diversity, and the musicians who call it home today.  With Arun Luthra – saxophones & konnakol, James Francies – piano, Evan Gregor – bass, Kenny Grohowski – drums.

This composition was created with the support of the E.t.M. Con Edison Composer Residencies, administered by Exploring the Metropolis.  This concert is made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


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