Synthesizing jazz with the improvised musical forms of South Asia, the Indo-Pak Coalition transcends any preconception of Indo-jazz fusion. Led alto-saxophonist Mahanthappa, this trio with Pakistani-American guitarist Rez Abbasi and first-call percussionist Dan Weiss has turned heads internationally in both the jazz and world music scenes. Their debut album Apti (Innova, 2008) received excellent reviews from a variety of publications including the New York Times and Rolling Stone, and the group has played concerts and festivals around the world, most recently at the 2010 Monterey Jazz Festival.
NPR: Listen to broadcast of the Indo-Pak Coalition live at the 2009 Newport Jazz Festival.
"Numerous attempts at Indo-Jazz Fusions have been made in the past, but few have been as authoritative as Apti."
"…a trio equally grounded in folk tradition and jazz improvisation, proposes a social pact as well a musical ideal."