Voted #1 “Rising-Star Guitarist” in 2013’s DownBeat Critics Poll and successively in the "Top-Ten Guitarists" in 2015, 2016 & 2017 alongside Bill Frisell and Pat Metheny, guitarist and composer Rez Abbasi has become one of the most significant voices on the current jazz scene. “Abbasi is living, breathing proof that jazz music can be as vital and boundary-pushing as ever.” AllAboutJazz.com
Making New York home for the past 25 years, Abbasi has created a unique sound that is stimulated both by his jazz pedigree and South Asian upbringing. His arranging, playing and production work for vocalist Kiran Ahluwalia has helped her garner multiple Juno awards (Canadian Grammy). Unfiltered Universe, Abbasi’s new and twelfth album, featuring his stellar band Invocation, further solidifies his place in modern music circles. Along with receiving three grants from Chamber Music America, he was recently commissioned by the New York Guitar Festival to compose a new score to the 1929 silent Indian film A Throw of Dice, to be performed live by his film quintet. Rez Abbasi continues to find creative ways to enrich diverse audiences with his musical vision.