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Public Program: Arun Luthra’s Konnakol Jazz Project: Monarchs of Queens

Saturday, April 28, 2018 6:00 pm

Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Boulevard Flushing, NY, 11354 map

“Monarchs of Queens” – 2017-2018 EtM Composer-in-Residence Arun Luthra presents with his band, Arun Luthra’s Konnakol Jazz Project, the world premiere of the music he is composing during his Exploring the Metropolis composer’s residency.  The music tells the story of Queens’s extraordinary, yet little known, jazz history –  Queens having been home to many of jazz’s greatest and most iconic figures, including Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, and Cannonball Adderley.  Arun Luthra’s music blends jazz with Indian classical music rhythms, which he performs vocally using the art form of konnakol, reflecting his South Asian heritage.  This cultural fusion in his music is a reflection and celebration of modern Queens’s unsurpassed diversity, and of the musicians who call it home today.


This composition was created with the support of the E.t.M. Con Edison Composer Residencies, administered by Exploring the Metropolis.  This concert is made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council