Sur Ka Safr: Soulful Surrender; An Evening with Mohammad Aizaz at T2F


Join The Second Floor in an evening of soulful vocal music with the illustrious Mohammad Aizaz, accompanied by Gul Muhammad on Sarangi and Yousuf Kerai on Tabla.

About the Artists:

Mohammad Aizaz Sohail started singing at a very tender age of 6 years. He understood the intricacies of music at a small age under the guidance of his mother. At the school level he used to lead the band choir and his college helped him unlock his full potential as he won the ISEO (International Schools Education Olympiad) in the vocal category. Aizaz started his vocal training under the guidance of the renowned ghazal singer, Tina Sani and later began formal Classical training from Master Abdul Rauf. Currently, he is a student of Ustad Faheem Mazhar in Lahore and is also, simultaneously, taking help for vocal training from Anol Chatterjee, a senior disciple of Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty.

Aizaz has appeared on many TV channels, including PTV, where he joined a team of young singers in PTV Home’s program “Firdous-e-Gosh”, and another program, “Khoye Hu’un Ki Justaju”, a program based on recognizing fast-disappearing traditions and cultural values. Aizaz has also performed in both the Lahore and Karachi chapters of the All Pakistan Music Conference, alongside many fusion-based collaborative projects. He has been a featured vocalist for the upcoming band Mughal-e-Funk and has recently also featured in the famous Mekaal Hasan Band’s live performances and tours.

Gul Muhammad is a young and prodigious sarangi player, one of the few that remain in Pakistan, and hails from a family of legendary musicians. The grandson of sarangi maestro Ustad Ghulam Mohammed and a student of his father, Akhtar Husain Khan, Gul has been learning and playing the sarangi for over 10 years. In addition to time spent at the National Academy of Performing Arts, Gul has performed as an accompanist and a soloist in all the major festivals organized by Tehzeeb Foundation of Pakistan and All Pakistan Music Conference. He has accompanied great classical stalwarts such as Ustad Fateh Ali Khan, Ustad Naseeruddin Sami, Ustad Khurshid Hussain and Ustad Bashir Khan. He has also featured in a Coke Studio recording of Shafqat Amanat Ali’s track, “Aankhon ke Sagar”, and more recently has appeared as a part of the band Sounds of Kolachi, led by Ahsan Bari.

Gul continues his career as a performing artist, appearing on multiple platforms and being featured by many upcoming bands, whilst also serving as a Music Instructor at a secondary school.

Yousuf Kerai hails from Karachi, Pakistan and was introduced to South Asian Music at the age of eight where he learned to sing, and play the harmonium, under the tutelage of the late Master Babu Khan. Through this, his interest in the tabla grew into an obsession. At the age of sixteen, he was accepted as a student of the great maestro, Ustad Khursheed Hussain. Yousuf has been a student of tabla for the last 20 years, even though he has spent eight of those years in the U.S.A. for the sake of higher education. Earning a B.A. in Mathematics and a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics from Bennington College, Yousuf has taught at various institutions in USA and Pakistan in the capacity of a mathematics teacher and teacher trainer. He currently serves as Mathematics Lecturer and Founding Director of the Centre for South Asian Music at Habib University.

Simultaneously, Yousuf continues his training as a tabla player. From the very start of his training, Yousuf has performed in private and public performances in both Pakistan and U.S.A. Recently, Yousuf has been giving special attention to helping young listeners connect with their South Asian musical heritage through lecture-demonstrations on musical theory and collaborative performances with his ensemble of classically trained musicians called TARZ GROUP, which provides a more globally appealing alternative to classical performers. In 2015 his ensemble released their first album, The Essence of South Asia, which is available on various digital music platforms internationally. Yousuf co-hosts regular performances at T2F in a program called Sur ka Safar, where he provides a platform for upcoming musicians through a crowd-funded model. Currently, Yousuf is focusing his attention on developing a Music Minor program at Habib University, with the hopes of it eventually becoming a Major offered at the institution.

Date: Saturday, 22nd February 2020
Time: 07:30 PM to 09:30 PM
Venue: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Rs. 1000/-
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1074153969591489/

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