Sangha: Collaborative Improvisations on Community

Critical Studies in Improvisation

Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and pianist Vijay Iyer have been frequent collaborators. In this conversation, they share their thoughts on the challenges of becoming South Asian jazz musicians: confronting their Indian-American families' attitudes toward the music, finding their own voice amidst the richness of Indian musical forms, engaging the South Asian American youth community in New York, dealing with various kinds of prejudice-all while trying to keep the creative edge in their music.

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Asian American musicians, Chicago, community, Desi, griots, improvisation, Indian American musicians, interviews, New York, race, Rudresh Mahan, sangha, saxophonists, self-actualization, South Asian American musicians, Steve Coleman, tradition, Vijay Iyer