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Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash Collaborate with Grammy Winner Sharon Isbin

Legendary Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, his sons Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash have collaborated with multiple Grammy-winning classical guitarist Sharon Isbin for an album titled Strings for Peace. The album is slated for release May 22 on the ZOHO label (ZM 202004), CDs and digital copies can be pre-ordered now from Amazon and other retailers.

Strings for Peace is an amalgamation of classics. One will get to witness the magical combination of sarod and classical guitar in an eclectic east-west fusion. Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Sharon, who have known each other for over a decade, have contemplated a collaboration for years which has now come to fruition through Strings for Peace. The album’s four tracks cover a wide range of expression, lyricism, color and virtuosity. The ragas composed by Amjad Ali Khan receive their world premiere in settings for guitar and sarod: By The Moon-Behag, Love Avalanche-Mishra Bhairav, Romancing Earth-Pilu, and Sacred Evening-Yaman.

On the successful completion of Strings for Peace and the release of the album, Amjad Ali Khan said ”Each of the artists brings the spirit of sharing the great unique treasures of their own artistic traditions, as well as finding common ground in ragas and medieval modes. The idea is to achieve a cross-fertilization at both the cellular and cosmic levels of two classical music traditions, which are often held to be radically different.”

Speaking about the collaboration, Amaan Ali Bangash said, “We feel honoured to collaborate with Sharon who is so creative, artistic and enthusiastic. We are sure when one hears the album, the intricacy of every beat and rhythm can be felt and one will be transported to a different consciousness. I have always felt that this collaboration is about letting go of what we are best at and more about getting the best out of the other person.”

Ayaan Ali Bangash added “Strings for Peace, I believe is extremely relevant. Especially in the wake of a pandemic. We have known Sharon for a decade, and began to really work together only last year. It is difficult to create fusion as it is a marriage of different cultures and it takes a lot of time for the perfect harmony. When we started out, little did we know that this creation will come to fruition at a time when humanity will need to consider meditation and contemplation more than ever.”

Sharon has had a longstanding relationship with Transcendental Meditation, which she has practiced since her teens and a deep interest in the classical music of India. Her collaboration with Ustaad Amjad Ali Khan and Amaan- Ayaan is a perfect harmony of interest and expertise which makes the quartet stand out with transcended notes. The combination of Sarod and classical guitar is not commonplace, yet the musical marvels have effortlessly and  effectively blended a chromatic instrument, Guitar to the microtonal elaborations of Sarod. Both the instruments not only complement each other but strive to create a new articulation of fusion.

Sharon Isbin said, “It took a long time to get the right partners to realize this unique vision on the guitar. Our instruments have so many interesting similarities and differences. Combining the sarod and guitar results in an extraordinary blend. It’s a pleasure and inspiration to perform with the finest, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and his sons Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash. Strings for Peace is a beautiful compilation of music that successfully interweaves the rhythms of sarod and guitar. Listeners will experience a remarkable spiritual and emotional journey.”

The recording will be released May 22, CDs and digital copies be pre-ordered now from Amazon and other retailers.

Sarod brothers Amaan Ali and Ayaan Ali captivating America with a tribute to the Hindu Devi

Internationally renowned Indian Classical musicians and brothers Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash have embarked on their 2019 US Tour. The tour which also features their father & Guru, the eminent Indian Sarod player, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan is titled ‘Sarod Trilogy’.

The concert kick-starts in Dayton, Ohio with a Sarod duet by the brothers and followed by Ustaad Amjad Ali Khan’s solo presentation. The last segment has all the three playing together which is a mesmerizing view for the live audience.

While Amaan & Ayaan are very excited about this tour, they are particularly looking forward to the concert on the 8th of November at St Ignatius Loyola which is titled DEVI. The team has planned a new program as a tribute to the divine feminine energy. The underlying thought is that this Divine Feminine Energy has her strongest presence as DEVI in Hinduism which is among the major world religions from ancient times to the present.

Speaking of the US tour, Amaan and Ayaan stated, “It’s been almost two decades that we have been performing in the US but this tour is a special one. Our new presentation of the piece inspired from ‘Divine Feminine Energy’ along with our Guru and father makes its really unique. When we were preparing this piece we did not imagine that our father would also join in. Now that he has, it feels complete. The audience in the US is also fabulous, they are really very engaged and encouraging”.

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan is one of the undisputed masters of the music world. Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and his widely acclaimed disciples and Sarod virtuosi Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash were recently felicitated at the coveted Global Music Awards under the Gold Medal category for their outstanding contribution to the global music industry and excellence in the classical music sphere. The top tier honour was bestowed on the trailblazing trio in correlation with their “Peace Worshipers” album which was released in July 2017 by Affetto Records and distributed by Naxos.

While the western world is enjoying their melody currently, much awaits the brothers back home.

Upcoming concerts under US Tour 2019- Sarod Trilogy.

Date Location
8th November 2019 St Ignatius Loyola, New York
13th November 2019 Chapel Hill, NC
16th November 2019 Sixth and I, Washington Performing Arts, Washington DC
3rd December 2019 Carnegie Hall, NY
9th December San Fransisco