Tala Mela: A Celebration of the Universal Language of Rhythm

This final residency celebration event features performances by Arun Luthra, including konnakol, with the UW–Madison Contemporary Jazz Ensemble (Mead Witter School of Music), students in the class, and guest artist Rohan Krishnamurthy (percussion). Tala is an Indian music word for rhythm and mela means a celebration fair in Punjabi and Sanskrit and in Hindi – mele.

Arun Luthra’s Konnakol Jazz Project

Arun Luthra (saxophonist, composer, and konnakol artist) will be performing with Madison-based musicians Matt Endres (drum set), Luke Leavitt (piano), and Nick Moran (bass). Arun Luthra is the fall 2021 interdisciplinary artist-in-residence. Note, this performance …

Friday Jazz Series at Tandem Press

UW–Madison Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, directed by Arun Luthra, and Jazz Standards Ensemble, directed by Peter Dominguez, will perform as part of Tandem Press’ Friday Jazz series during the fall and spring semesters. Livestream option available.

Arun Luthra’s Konnakol Jazz Project

Unprecedented, energizing and humanizing are all words to describe this positively unique experience. The Konnakol Jazz Project was founded by saxophonist, composer, and konnakol artist Arun Luthra, who masterfully blends konnakol with Black American Music to create a vibrant new sound and style.

Jazz at Five

Jazz at Five is Wisconsin’s premier free jazz concert series – right in the heart of the Madison area. The UW–Madison Jazz Ensemble All Stars, led by Johannes Wallmann, pianist and Director of Jazz Studies, will perform from 5:00-6:15 pm. Johannes Wallmann Quintet will perform from 6:45-8:00 pm. Arun Luthra will sit in with the students and perform with the quintet.