Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition

Innova 709


Rudresh Mahanthappa: Alto Saxophone

Rez Abassi: Guitars

Dan Weiss: Tabla


Looking Out, Looking In                            2:58

Apti                                                            6:51

Vandanaa Trayee                                             8:35

Adana                                                                        7:57     

Palika Market                                                      9:29         

IIT                                                              10:08  

Baladhi                                                                     6:21

You Talk Too Much                      5:54     


Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 by

Rudresh K. Mahanthappa (BMI).

Track 3 by Ravi Shankar

(ANOURAG Music Publishing), arranged by Rudresh K. Mahanthappa (BMI).


Rudresh uses Vandoren reeds and mouthpieces exclusively.


Produced by Rudresh K. Mahanthappa.

Recorded January 21, 2008, mixed May 7, 2008 and mastered June 24, 2008 by Mike Marciano at Systems Two, Brooklyn, New York.


Innova Director: Philip Blackburn

Operations Manager: Chris Campbell

Innova is supported by an endowment from the McKnight Foundation.


Package design by Pooja Bakri Design,


© Rudresh K. Mahanthappa 2008.

All Rights Reserved.

innova Recordings,

332 Minnesota Street E-145,

St. Paul, MN 55101, USA



I first started a version of this group when I lived in Chicago back in 1996. There was a sort of pressure put upon me to do something Indian as there was no precedent for an Indian-American jazz musician at that time. I disbanded the group rather quickly as I felt that I lacked the skills and knowledge to lead such a trio with musical and cultural integrity.  In wanting to avoid any notions of exoticism or exploitation of my ancestry, I went to back to my comfort zone of leading bands of more traditional jazz instrumentation.


Years later, after moving to New York and having further investigated both Indian music and my identity as a bi-cultural American, I felt the urge to reassemble this trio. When I first heard Rez Abbasi and Dan Weiss, I knew immediately that there were no two better musicians with whom to begin anew as the Indo-Pak Coalition.

The result is this album and hopefully many more to come. Enjoy!


- Rudresh K. Mahanthappa


I would like to thank: 

Rez and Dan for not only playing so amazingly well but also being such great sources of inspiration; Philip Blackburn at innova, Wendy Collins at the American Composers Forum; Mary Six Rupert at NYFA, Don Palmer at NYSCA; Everyone at the the Jerome Foundation; Bill Bragin at Joe’s Pub for his support in presenting our premiere performances; Jonathan Kay and Justin Gray for bringing us to Toronto; The Marcianos for making sure that this was recorded so well; Bakri Design for creating such a beautiful package; and Pooja for all the joy she brings to each day of my life.


Apti was a sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts with funding provided by the New York State Council on the Arts.


The creation of Apti was underwritten by the American Composers Forum with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation.


The recording of Apti was supported in part by a grant from the New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.