The best and most exciting jazz of 2017 is increasingly happening at the intersection of different streams of music. Reveling in a diversity of influences and therefore a kind of complexity makes it "art music", inevitably.
Guitarist Rez Abbasi's third look at various South Asian musics, with his band Invocation (including Rudresh Mahanthappa and Vijay Iyer), is one of the best of the year in jazz.
Abbasi's third project with his band Invocation, Unfiltered Universe, draws from Carnatic music and their recent NYC premiere was captured for a live stream available here.
In concert with the Asia Society, Lincoln Center held the world premiere of 'Song of the Jasmine', a collaboration between the Ragamala Dance group and jazz musician Rudresh Mahanthappa.
Lincoln Center's third annual White Light Festival kicked off with a free performance from Kiran Ahluwalia. Like previous iterations, White Light 2012 brings a number of unique spiritual and worldly performances to life.