About the Artist

Headshot of Arun Luthra with his saxophoneSaxophonist, composer, and konnakol artist Arun Luthra is an American musician of Indian heritage who fuses modern post-bop Black American Music with elements of Indian classical music – especially konnakol (South Indian classical music vocal percussion). He connects a wide range of modern and classic musical influences to create a vibrant new sound and style.

He is the leader of the Konnakol Jazz Project, who have performed across the Americas, Asia, and Europe. He has studied and performed with notable Hindustani and Carnatic music masters. Luthra has also shared the stage and recorded with many of the greatest Black American Music, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, pop, and world music artists. He is also a faculty member of the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music at the New School’s College of Performing Arts in New York.