Guitarist, composer, 2021 Guggenheim fellow and Downbeat’s Critics Poll top-ten guitarists alongside luminaries Bill Frisell and Pat Methany, Rez Abbasi is one of the most original voices on the current jazz scene. Here, Abbasi is joined by French harpist Isabelle Olivier and percussionist Michael Sarin on global jazz project, OASIS (Olivier Abbasi Sound In Sound). The album OASIS, released in 2019, was acclaimed both by the international press and the public, who came to applaud the project from Paris to New York, as well as at the DC Jazz Festival in Washington and the Field Museum in Chicago, where audiences numbered in the thousands. After 14 concerts of the first tour, they enthusiastically continue performing their music on both sides of the Atlantic post-pandemic.
Guitarist and composer Rez Abbasi is among a rare breed of artists that continue to push boundaries while preserving the traditions he has embraced. Consistently placing on DownBeat’s International Critics Poll alongside luminaries Bill Frisell and Pat Metheny since 2014, Abbasi continues to forge new ground with his many multi-dimensional projects.
“Abbasi is living, breathing proof that jazz music can be as vital and boundary-pushing as ever.” AllAboutJazz.com.
Born in Karachi, Pakistan, migrating to the vastness of Southern California at the age of four, schooled at the University of Southern California and the Manhattan School of Music in jazz and classical music, along with a pilgrimage in India under the guidance of master percussionist, Ustad Alla Rakha, Abbasi is a vivid synthesis of all the above stated influences and genres. Making New York home for the past 25 years, he has played with a host of great musicians including, Ruth Brown, Peter Erskine, Kenny Werner, Barre Phillips, Tim Berne, Michael Formanek, Billy Hart, Gary Thomas, Dave Douglas, Mike Clark, Tim Hagans, John Beasly, Ronu Majumdar, Kadri Gopalnath, Greg Osby, Howard Levy and many others
With fifteen albums, Rez Abbasi’s wide-ranging projects continue to capture provocative sounds rarely heard in today’s music. His 2020 project Django-shift, recasts legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt’s lesser-known compositions into a modern light, utilizing organ & synths, acoustic fretted & fretless guitars and drums. In 2017 he was commissioned by the New York Guitar Festival to create and perform a live score for the 1929 silent film A Throw of Dice. His Silent Ensemble recorded the score and released the album in 2019. Abbasi also received two highly coveted composition grants from Chamber Music America in order to complete a trilogy of albums with his acclaimed ensemble, Invocation featuring bandmates, Vijay Iyer and Rudresh Mahanthappa. Each album of the trilogy developed a distinct side of South Asian music within the context of jazz. In 2018 Invocation released the completion of the trilogy, Unfiltered Universe. As the previous two albums, Things to Come and Suno Suno, Unfiltered Universe received several accolades worldwide. www.RezTone.comSylvana Joyce and The Moment will be opening for OASIS.
Sylvana Joyce and The Moment are the winners of several national and international performance and songwriting awards and have opened for acts like The Aristocrats, Nikka Costa, and John Popper, and have been featured in The Huffington Post and MTV.
Rez Abbasi / Isabelle Olivier / Michael Sarin