Pakistan-born, California-raised, Manhattan School of Music-educated, jazz artist Rez Abbasi was voted the number one Rising Star Guitarist in the 2013 DownBeat Critics Poll. It’s a ranking born from collaborations with a growing list of jazz greats and 12 studio albums of mostly original compositions filled with Abbasi’s unique world music fusion of American jazz and Indian classical Carnatic music. That melding of cultural traditions will cascade in textural sounds and excitingly complex compositions in Abbasi’s new score for German director Franz Osten’s 1929 silent film A Throw of Dice, which depicts the love-triangle saga of India’s epic The Mahabharata.
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