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Rudresh Mahanthappa Saxophone
Ronan Guilfoyle Bass
Chander Sardjoe Drums

Country: India, Ireland, Netherlands


MSG, the international collaboration of alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa (US), percussionist Chander Sardjoe (NL), and bassist Ronan Guilfoyle (IRL) represents the one of the freshest directions in jazz setting the pace in the new millennium.  Each musician brings a unique background of knowledge and experience to this trio making MSG a force to watch in improvised music.

Named a Rising Star of the alto saxophone by the Downbeat International Critics Poll for the past three years, Rudresh Mahanthappa is one of the most innovative young musicians in jazz today.  By incorporating the culture of his Indian ancestry, Rudresh has fused myriad influences to create a truly groundbreaking artistic vision. As a performer, he leads/co-leads five groups to critical acclaim.  His most recent quartet recording Mother Tongue on Pi Recordings was named one of Top Ten Jazz CDs of 2004 by the Chicago Tribune and received 4 stars in DOWNBEAT.  This CD reached #8 on US jazz radio charts and remained at #1 on Canadian jazz radio charts for over a month. As a performer, Mahanthappa has achieved international recognition performing regularly at jazz festivals and clubs worldwide.  He has also worked as a sideman with such jazz luminaries as David Murray, Jack DeJohnette, Samir Chatterjee, Von Freeman, Tim Hagans, Vijay Iyer, David Liebman, Greg Osby, and Dr. Lonnie Smith. As a composer, Rudresh has received numerous commission grants to develop new work for his various ensembles.  Rudresh Mahanthappa currently lives in New York where he is clearly regarded as an important and influential voice in the jazz world.

Ronan Guilfoyle is a major figure on the Irish jazz scene and has developed an international reputation as a performer, teacher and composer.  Performing on the acoustic bass guitar since the early 1980s, Ronan is now one of the instrument's leading exponents, and is much in demand as a bassist, both in his native Ireland and on the international jazz scene. Among the people he has performed with are Dave Liebman, Kenny Werner, Joe Lovano, Kenny Wheeler, Keith Copeland, Brad Mehldau, John Abercrombie, Larry Coryell, Benny Golson, Jim McNeely, Sonny Fortune, Andy Laster, Simon Nabatov, Richie Beirach, and Tom Rainey. He has also been leading his own groups since the mid 1980s, and his groups have toured extensively in Europe, Asia, and North America. He has recorded extensively both as a sideman and as a leader and his output includes the award winning "Devsirme" in 1997.  Over the past 10 years Ronan has become very well known for the teaching of advanced rhythmic techniques for jazz improvisation and his book, "Creative Rhythmic Concepts for Jazz Improvisation" which covers such areas as metric modulation and odd meter playing, is now seen as the standard text for this area.

Chander Sardjoe is one of the most in demand percussionists in Europe.  His comprehensive study of both Western and South Indian traditions have yielded a very fluent and articulated approach to the drums that has not been heard before.  His resume boasts work with Steve Coleman, Aka Moon, Greg Osby, and David Liebman in addition to his collaborative projects with Kartet, Tribu, and Octurn.  Chander is a tue innovator challenging the previous notions of jazz drumming in a way that will have tremendous impact on this music.


Rockefeller MAP Grant (Dakshina Ensemble, Asia Society of New York, 2004)
New York State Council on the Arts Grant (Rudresh Mahanthappa Quartet, Jazz Gallery of New York, 2004)
New York State Council on the Arts Grant (Rudresh Mahanthappa Quartet, Jazz Gallery of New York, 2002)
American Composers Forum CCP Grant (Rudresh Mahanthappa Quartet, Jazz Gallery of New York, 2002)
Rockefeller MAP Grant (Raw Materials, Jazz Gallery of New York, 2002)
Rockefeller MAP Grant (Manodharma Trio, Jazz Institute of Chicago, 2001)

Press quotes

"definitely one of the strongest voices on the jazz scene" All Music Guide

"Mahanthappa’s chops are practically unparalleled. . . making music unlike anything else in the city today." This kind of elevation and refinement is not simply a cut above the norm; it arguably redefines the norm." AllAboutJazz.com

"ingenious" BETJazz.com

“A prodigy . . . a saxophone phenom”New City


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