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Sundar Viswanathan

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Sundar Viswanathan

Jazz Studies
Associate Professor


BMus (Wilfrid Laurier), MMus (New England Conservatory of Music), PhD (NYU)


Sundar Viswanathan is a jazz woodwind player, composer, vocalist and international touring artist with extensive performance and teaching experience in the US and Canada. His compositions are informed by Brazilian and Indian musical styles. His scholarly research interests include the music of tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson.

Professor Viswanathan leads his own quartet and performs and records with the world music ensemble Jaffa Road. He has also appeared with many other groups, including the Charles Tolliver Big Band, Avataar and Ensemble Uniqua, and with leading artists such as Billy Hart, Jim McNeely, Jeanne Lee, Joe Lovano, Clark Terry, Al Martino and Kenny Wheeler.

He has toured Europe, South Africa and Japan. Professional appearances closer to home include the Lincoln Center, the Count Basie Invitational Jazz Festival and leading New York City jazz clubs such as the Blue Note and Birdland.

Dr. Viswanathan taught at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Brooklyn College and Manna House Workshops in New York, and Toronto's Humber College before joining York's Music Department in 2001.