The Kannadiga jazz virtuoso creating waves

400px-rudresh_mahanthappaWhen his elder brother gave him an album titled “Saxophone, Indian style” by Kadri Gopalnath, Rudresh Mahanthappa thought it was a joke.

Well, the joke is now on you, anna.

The “Kannadiga” born in Italy, brought up in Boulder, Colorado—“neither Indian, nor American”—is hitting the right notes with his saxophone in the United States, playing eventually with Gopalnath under the band name, Dakshina Ensemble.

Photograph: courtesy Sheldon Levy

Visit the website: Rudresh Mahanthappa

Listen to the music: Kinsmen on Myspace