Born to South Indian immigrants in Italy and raised in Boulder, Colorado, Rudresh Mahanthappa says he didn't fully appreciate his parents' native music until after playing a jazz concert in India, which led him to start incorporating elements of Indian classical music into his work. A Guggenheim fellow, Mahanthappa has received commission grants from the Rockefeller Foundation MAP Fund, American Composers Forum, Chamber Music America, and the New York State Council on the Arts to develop new work. His last two CD releases, Raw Materials and Codebook, were named among the Top Jazz Albums of 2006 by The Village Voice.
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