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Aakash Mittal

Hailed as a “talented young player” with “the skills to go far” by Westword (Denver) and “A fiery alto saxophonist and prolific composer” by the Star Tribune (Minneapolis), Aakash Mittal has been making a name for himself at home and abroad. His debut CD “Possible Beginnings” has been acclaimed as “…simply brilliant.” (Colorado Music Buzz) and “an amazing lineup of all original music.” (Scene Magazine) Mittal has also been praised for having “… the same inventiveness [as author Peter Lavezzoli]…” by Hindustan Times (Kolkata, India). This stems from his approach to composition and improvisation, where Mittal seeks to create music that relates to his diverse background of both American and East Indian heritage, drawing inspiration as much from straight-ahead jazz and the avant-garde as from musical traditions of India and modern grooves.

Aakash Mittal’s primary ensemble, “The Aakash Mittal Quartet,” performs all original music at such Colorado venues as Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge, Bliss Café, Vita, the Ft. Collins Jazz Experience, the UNC Jazz Festival, the Boulder Creek Festival, the Grand Junction Jazz and Arts Festival, and the Estes Park Jazz Festival. In 2009 the quartet toured and performed at the Cultural Center of Chicago, The Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, Box Awesome in Lincoln NE, and Studio 222 in Fargo. He also leads a standards- based jazz duo, a Brazilian duo, and a classical flute and harp duet.

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“[Mittal is a] fiery alto saxophonist and prolific composer…” The Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

“Mittal, at 24, has brought forth a project that shows infinite possibilities.” Linda Gruno, Jazz and Blues Examiner

“Because of the balance between tough improvisation and bright harmonies coupled with thorough investigations into the rhythms of the music of India, he’s [Mittal] already arrived at his own place in the jazz community, where it's difficult to establish an identity.” Bret Saunders, Denver Post

“A talented young player with the skills to go far.” Westword Magazine (Denver)

“…Mittal plays a mean sax and flute and definitely takes some of the best solos I have heard in a while.” Greta Cornett Scene Magazine

“…simply brilliant.” Colorado Music Buzz

“…the same inventiveness [as Indian music author Peter Lavezzoli]…” Hindustan Times (Kolkata, India).

“The Aakash Mittal Quartet, influenced by the muse of modern day India where customary meets contemporary, has fashioned a unique and worldly blend of sound.” Dani White
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Primary Instrument

Saxophone, alto

Willing to teach

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Credentials/Background

As a music educator Mittal has been running a private lessons studio since 2002 and was a faculty member at The Lesson Studio L.L.C. from 2007 through 2008. He has taught jazz and classical approaches to saxophone, clarinet, flute, composition, and music theory. Aakash Mittal gave a workshop on original music and jazz as a guest artist at Concordia College in 2009. He has also taught ensembles, including the Cherry Creek Jazz Band, the Loveland High School saxophone section, the Thompson Valley saxophone and clarinet section, the Windsor High School Clarinet and Flute section, as well as 6th grade woodwind students at Lucille Erwin Middle School, Crest View elementary, Columbine Elementary, Foothills Elementary, Fairview High, University Hill Elementary, Creek side Elementary, and High Peaks Elementary. To develop younger audiences Mittal gave a presentation to first and fifth grade students about Jazz as a guest speaker at Twin Peaks Charter School in Longmont.

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Discography

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Self Produced
2009

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