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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

 

Sony YAY! rings in season 2 of their flagship initiative ‘Heroes Behind The Heroes’

Being a teacher is an enormous challenge! It is more than just pens and textbooks. It takes patience, passion, resilience, a mammoth sense of commitment and definitely a lot of motivation! Our childhoods are made memorable by the remarkable contributions that our teachers make. Be it supporting us enthusiastically when we come up with a wild idea, or honing and developing our talent, teachers play multiple roles in our lives. We must embrace this as an even bigger job than just an educator — they are social workers, our friends, mentors, and surrogate parents. As a salute to all that they do in shaping lives, Sony YAY! brings season 2 of their flagship Teacher’s Day initiative, Heroes Behind the Heroes!

Building on the success of season one, this season of the acclaimed initiative will continue to celebrate distinguished names and champions who believed in our role models, putting in all their energies to train and coach them.

This year, the channel acknowledged Sania Mirza, a world-renowned Indian tennis player and a former world No. 1 in the doubles discipline. She has also established a tennis academy in Hyderabad, providing world-class tennis training to Indian tennis players and aspirants to meet a greater national responsibility towards the game and its players.

Ace choreographer Terence Lewis, who has choreographed various Bollywood films and musicals, stage shows, ads and music videos. Terence Lewis Professional Training Institute and the Terence Lewis Contemporary Dance Company, widely-acknowledged as the country’s most popular and reputed dance organizations are run by him and foster creative excellence in the talented, enthusiastic dancer, raising the standards of dance in India and beyond.

Director Subhash Ghai, Indian film director, producer and screenwriter, known for his works predominantly in Hindi cinema and the Founder of Whistling Woods International film and media institution.

Kailash Satyarthi, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient and a member of a UNESCO body established with the goal of providing “Education for All”.

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan Bangash, an eminent Indian Sarod player, who has taken the musical instrument to great heights.

Season 2 grows from the success and positive response that Heroes Behind the Heroes Season 1 saw. Heroes Behind the Heroes 2017 saw our YAYtoons visiting renowned names like Anupam Kher, Shaheen Mistri and Shiamak Davar and cheering them for all their efforts. Apart from the above. Pandit Birju Maharaj and Mahavir Singh Phogat were felicitated too.

Behind many successful adults is a teacher that helped contribute and shape those students’ foundations for the future and thanking each one of them, everywhere is what Heroes Behind the Heroes stands for!

Comments:

Leena Lele Dutta, Business Head, SPN Kids Genre 

“Teachers form an important part of a child’s life and while we celebrate our teachers, recognizing and thanking the people who are key in helping our country grow is imperative too. The first season of ‘Heroes Behind the Heroes’ succeeded in imbibing pride and joy amongst teachers, and inspired children across. This time around, we have engaged actively with distinguished teachers to bring their stories on a first-hand basis. Being true to our philosophy, Sony YAY! will continue to drive inspiration for kids through the admirable contributions and stories of these eminent personalities across various fields. Sony YAY! takes this opportunity to salute the contributions of the heroes behind the heroes!”

Subhash Ghai, Ghai, Indian film director, producer and screenwriter, Founder of Whistling Woods International film and media institution.

“I must congratulate Sony YAY! and the entire team for this great initiative. This initiative is going to inspire many teachers and people who believe in the philosophy of equality education, people who believe that they should bring out the new India – Nayi Soch, Naya Bharat. And this is one of the finest initiatives I think I can think of. I, again, congratulate all of you. “I would like to give a message to all the students – to look beyond the obvious. When you study anything or work on anything, try to go into details because God lies in details and around the obvious. The moment you are going to look around obvious, you will find something new in it and you will excel in the job”,

Sania Mirza, World-renowned Indian tennis player and a former world No. 1 

“So honored to win this award, giving back through tennis is something that I could only dream of and I feel so blessed to make a small difference, so thank you Sony YAY! for the recognition,

Terence Lewis, Ace choreographer

“Thank you so much for this amazing award and honestly, there is always someone behind a hero, someone who trains. Thank you so much for acknowledging the “Heroes Behind The Heroes. There are many times when we recognize only the people who are in front, but the people who are behind their success who might be a teacher or a mentor or a parent isn’t recognized and it’s nice to sometimes felicitate them. It’s a very nice idea, simply because even behind me there are my teachers, I have learned a lot from them. It’s very important to recognize these people, so I’m really very happy that Sony YAY! and KickO have done this”

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan Bangash, an eminent Indian Sarod player

“The Old world culture, especially in the field of Indian classical music, is all about reverence and love towards the Guru and his contemporaries. Strict discipline, gracious manners and complete faith in blessings of the Guru and Parents are the timeless and priceless mantras. It is a must to support and encourage the young and talented musicians at every stage of their life. Let us hope our younger generation experience an overall education that encourages in them peace, tranquillity, success and togetherness in their life.”