Rez Abbasi | Cathedral of Learning | Jazz | Pittsburgh City Paper

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Rez Abbasi

World renowned jazz guitarist/composer Rez Abbasi comes to the University of Pittsburgh for a live performance of his 2019 album A Throw of Dice. Along with his band, the Silent Ensemble, the album features Abbasi's interpretation of the 1929 score to the silent film of the same name. It's an Indian film made by German filmmakers, and the score mixes elements of jazz, classical, and traditional Indian instruments. Though Abbasi is not the first to attempt to rethink the score — other versions were released in 2006 and 2013 — he's uniquely well suited to handle its balance of melodrama and tipsy-turvy dissonance. Watch Abbasi and his band play the score live, as the original film plays in the background.

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