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An improvised collaboration with Ustad Nafees Ahmed (sitar) & the National Academy of Performing Arts in Karachi, Pakistan. Composed in Raag Pilu it's an epic musical journey of 24 minutes.
A wonderful moment from our recent tour in Pakistan. During our performance at the National Academy of Performing Arts in Karachi (NAPA), and because a veteran of the classical music scene in #Paksitan, tabla master #UstadBashirKhan was present, a spontaneous and improvised 'jugul bundi' (call and response) was arranged between Ustad #ShahbazHussain (Tabla), Ustad #NafeesAhmad (sitar) and the aforementioned Ustad Bashir Khan. It was a 'Teentaal' duet between the 2 tabla maes
An epic jazz arrangement and composition by Zayn Mohammed of the classic Crest (aka 'Shama Paiyan') by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Michael Brooks and from their 'Night Song' album.
The Jazz at Lincoln Centre held a virtual 'Worldwide Concert for Our Culture' on April 15th & #BaqirAbbas, from Lahore in Pakistan was invited to contribute to this concert, designed to lift peoples spirits the world over during the corona lockdown. The interpretation of this iconic Jazz piece was a duet with #ZaynMohammed who produced the harmony on guitar in London, got it across to Baqir in Lahore, where it was then filmed under the corona curfew! As you can imagine it mesmerised audiences.
Frustrated with a lack of events that reflect my multi layered identity as a Londoner, QalandarArts was born. Our focus is authenticity, but with a culturally transcending twist, something that brings diverse audiences together....such as North Americans performing Qawwali!
Qawwali performed by Americans....Righteous Jazz guitar and Classical tabla....Blues & Jazz on Bansuri and Sitar....Flamenco with Arabic verse and music of Al-Andalus...QalandarArts is always looking to push boundaries.
If you have an idea, or need a platform to show your art, contact us! If it fits with our criteria and schedule we can make it happen!
Small montage of Tuesday 12th November 19 with CusCus Flamenco at Rich Mix! They represent the Flamenco & Arabic traditions of Andalusia. For the full playlist from the evening, please visit our YouTube channel.
Perhaps scenes seldom witnessed at a Qawwali event in London, and certainly never before at The Union Chapel. Fanna-Fi-Allah Sufi Qawwali literally took the roof off!