The Awaz Trio sculpts sonic landscapes, pointalistic textures, and angular melodies from Indian and American improvised music. Their debut project, Nocturne, is a series of pieces that abstract and deconstruct five Hindustani evening and night ragas. The colorful dissonances, meditative silences, and punctuated rhythms that emerge paint a unique picture of the night. At times the music evokes the meditation of a world at rest, night terrors conjured by the imagination, and the slow cadence of blue light melting into darkness. The trio has performed at such notable venues as the Shastra Festival at Le Poission Rouge in New York City, Dazzle Jazz Club in Denver, Colorado, The American Center in Kolkata, India and The Walden School Concert series in Dublin, New Hampshire. In 2014 the trio conducted a residency in northern Colorado that involved workshops in public schools and state universities. The trio’s mission is to program new work that explores the concept of Awaz, a Hindi-Urdu word that changes meaning between sound, noise, and voice depending on the context. The trio is comprised of Aakash Mittal (saxophone), Miles Okazaki (guitar), and Rajna Swaminathan (mridangam). Nocturne was created with support from the American Institute of Indian Studies.