Saxophonist, 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.
Resources + Media Mentions
- Wisconsin Science Festival to put the fun in fungi this week, courtesy of Wisconsin State Journal
- Arun Luthra’s Konnakol Jazz Project concert is an Isthmus Pick the week of October 21
- Arun Luthra’s Oct.-Dec. Interdisciplinary Arts Residency events at UW–Madison and in the community
- Q&A: Jazz musician Arun Luthra taps into the universal language of rhythm, courtesy of The Cap Times
- UW–Madison to host composer, saxophonist and konnakol artist Arun Luthra as the fall 2021 Division of the Arts interdisciplinary artist-in-residence
- Washing Away the Dust of Everyday Life with Jazz
- In-person Wisconsin Union Theater events return with 3rd annual Black Arts Matter Festival, 102nd annual classical music series, jazz and more
- Madison Jazz Fest Returns for 33rd Year, courtesy of the Wisconsin State Journal
- Division of the Arts Announces Two Artists-In-Residence For The 2021-22 Academic Year
- Arun Luthra Facebook Page: @ArunLuthraMusic
- Arun Luthra Instagram: @arunluthramusic
- Arun Luthra Twitter: @ArunLuthra
- Arun Luthra YouTube channel: @ArunLuthraMusic
- Arun Luthra website
Photo by Alex Troesch.