Aakash Mittal (b. 1985, Dallas, Tx.) is an American composer and saxophonist.
As a composer and improviser, Mittal employs colorful dissonances, meditative silences, and angular rhythms to express environments and spaces ranging from the American west to the dense streets of Kolkata.
Mittal has performed nationally at such venues as The Dakota (Minneapolis), The Cultural Center of Chicago, The Blue Room, (Kansas City) and Dazzle Jazz Club (Denver). Internationally, Aakash Mittal has led a quartet at the Congo Square Jazz Festival in Kolkata, India.
As a composer, Aakash Mittal has written extensively for jazz quartet, composing over fifty new works. Other commissions include Urban Raga (2011), Transitions (2011), and Questions of Identity (2012) for the Playground Ensemble; Octet on Raga Yaman (2009) for the Ethos West Chamber Orchestra. In 2012 Mittal wrote Meditation for Pictures on Silence saxophone and harp duo.
Aakash Mittal’s awards and honors include the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music (2012) and the Herb Albert/ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award (2013). Aakash Mittal is a 2013 American Institute of Indian Studies Creative and Performing Arts Fellow.
Works for Winds
- Samay Raga for Wind Ensemble (2017)
- Aakash Mittal website Accessed 18 May 2019
- Milton, Michael. " A Confluence of Influences — An Interview with American Composer Aakash Mittal." BKReader. 4 May 2018. Web. Accessed 18 May 2019