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A Tribute to Allan Faqir

Saturday, 6 October 2012

A Tribute to Allan FaqirIPAC and Kuch Khaas pay homage to Allan Faqir, the Waee wizard.Singing and dancing with his signature peacock tailed ajrak turban swaying and eyes sparkling with mischief, Allan Faqir was probably the best known and best loved of all Sindhi folk musicians.Paying homage to this legendry artist is one of his greatest follower and best imitator, Allan Faqir Junior. The performance will be full of energy in the typical style of Allan Faqir including singing, comedy and dance all in one.aaaaaArtists: Allan Faqir Junior and group.
Genre: Folk music from Sindh.Radio Media Partners: City FM 89
Online Media Partners: Danka.pkPictures from the Concert to be found here.

Film Screening – Sufi Soul: The Mystic Music of Islam

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Film Screening - Sufi Soul: The Mystic Music of IslamThe Institute for Preservation of Art and Culture (IPAC) in collaboration with Kuch Khaas organized a screening of “Sufi Soul: The Mystic Music of Islam”. The film has been directed by Simon Broughton. In this documentary film the acclaimed historian and travel writer William Dalrymple explores Sufism and its music in different parts of the Islamic world, including Syria, Turkey, Pakistan, and Morocco.

Music lies at the heart of the practice and traditions of Sufism—the mystical dimension of Islam that seeks to experience oneness with God on an intimate, personal level. From the Whirling Dervishes of Turkey to the qawwali music of Pakistan, Sufism has produced some of the world’s most spectacular music celebrated by Muslims and non-Muslims alike. This film traces the shared roots of Christianity and Islam in the Middle East and discovers Sufism to be a peaceful, tolerant and pluralistic bastion against fundamentalism.

Pictures from the Film Screening to be found here.

Sub Rung Hamare – Finale concert

Monday, 16 July 2012

Sub Rung Hamare - Finale concertThe Institute for Preservation for Art and Culture invited all interested to discover the colors of Pakistan, brought to life by the students of four diverse primary schools of Islamabad.

IPAC was hosting a summer workshop series for students from Mashal Model School, Khaldunia High School, Headstart School and Pehli Kiran School. Entitled “Sab Rang Hamare”, this project aimed to promote peace and harmony among participants through the introduction of three focal forms of creative expression: music, dance and painting. By exploring these artistic mediums, IPAC additionally tried to familiarize students with Pakistan’s rich cultural heritage. Each day, students were exposed to a different kind of rare national musical tradition and throughout the week, they are joined by a number of celebrated Pakistani artists to enrich their knowledge of regional traditions.

To conclude the workshop, students were asked to showcase the art forms which they had experienced at a finale concert. The concert took place on Monday July 16th starting at 7:00 pm. It was being held at Kuch Khaas: House Number 1, Street 1, F6-3. It  featured regional dances specific to each of the four provinces of Pakistan, classical dances, folk music performances and classical music performances. As well a gallery displaying the paintings and art forms developed by the students was held.

In collaboration with: Dugdugi, Head Start School, I House New York, Mashal Model School, Khaldunia High School, Pehli Kiran School, Kuch Khaas

Supported by: Davis Projects for Peace (http://www.davisprojectsforpeace.org/).

Pictures from the event to be found here.

World Music Day Concert featuring the Bakshi Brothers

Thursday, 21 June 2012

World Music Day Concert featuring the Bakshi BrothersIn celebration of World Music Day, the Institute for Preservation of Art and Culture (IPAC) and Kuch Khaas organized a concert featuring the Bakshi Brothers.

World Music Day first took place on June 21st 1976. Since then, it has been a festivity embraced internationally with the slogan “faites de la musique” (make music). This year, Islamabad also joined in the festivities with some contemporary aged Pakistani music with a traditional twist!

The Bakshi Brothers are an emerging group of young musicians hailing from traditional musical families, or gharana. Their gripping music features traditional sufi, folk and classical songs alongside the use of contemporary instruments in a refreshing style. The result is a brilliant blend of Sufi philosophies and guitar chords.
Rubab – Instrumental Ecstasy Concert 6
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Friday, 18 May 2012
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 Rubab - Instrumental Ecstasy Concert 6The Rubab, also known as “the lion of instruments” is a short necked lute-like folk musical instrument commonly found in northwest Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Rubab is probably the most popular instrument from the Pakhtun folk tradition and has become an icon of North West Frontier of Pakistan.We are lucky to have Ustad Mazhar Hasan Shaggan to play Classical music from the North Indian tradition on the Rabab. Mazhar Shaggan is one of the leading Rubab players of Pakistan and has the distinction of developing his unique playing style on the Rubab by adapting this traditional folk instrument for North Indian classical music. Mazhar hails from the Gwalior Gharana of classical music and has received training under his father, the vocal maestro Ghulam Hasan Shaggan. Mazhar has served at Pakistan Radio in Peshawar and Lahore and has performed at numerous national and international forums where he has received acclaim from wide ranging audiences. He is also an accomplished mandolin player and composer.Artists: Ustad Mazhar Hasan Shaggan on Rubab and Mandolin accompanied by Ustad Muhammad Ajmal on Tabla and Suhaib Kiani on Guitar.
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Pictures from the concert to be found here.

Instrumental Ecstasy Concert 5

Friday, 6 April 2012

Instrumental Ecstasy Concert 5In the Indian subcontinent one of the most illustrious instruments whose presence is particularly essential on any auspicious occasion is the Shehnai. The sound of the Shehnai is thought to create and maintain a sense of auspiciousness and sanctity and, as a result, it is widely used during traditional marriages, processions, and religious ceremonies.In the past, Shehnai was a part of the Naubat or traditional ensembles of instruments found at royal courts in India. In the royal Mughal courts the Shehnai and the percussion instrument Naqqara were inseparable companions. Today both these instruments are extremely rare in Pakistan, and we were lucky to have one of the last few traditional Naubat musicians from Multan to perform at this concert.Artists: Ata Ullah Malang and Haji Azhar on Shehnai accompanied by Shabeer Hussain on Naqqara and Nazim Hussain Balli on Dhool.
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Pictures from the concert to be found here.

Music Freedom Day – Music will not be silenced

Saturday, 3 March 2012
Music Freedom Day – Music will not be silencedThe Institute for Preservation of Art and Culture (IPAC) in collaboration with the Folklore Society of Pakistan and Lok Virsa organized a special concert to celebrate the Music Freedom Day – an annual global event advocating freedom of musical expression by Freemuse, the World Forum on Music & Censorship.This concert was a rare treat for music enthusiasts as it took them on a musical journey that included folk tunes from Baluchistan and the northwestern frontiers of Pakistan, the vast wildernesses of Tibet and Mongolia, the sublime Jazz grooves of North America and the melodic brilliance of the Indian Subcontinent.Unfortunately today in Pakistan music is being silenced. Our musicians are being persecuted by tyrants who do not subscribe to musicians’ right to freedom of musical expression. On this event we joined hands with musicians and music lovers around the globe to celebrate the world Music Freedom Day and to advocate for the human rights of musicians.
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Featuring artists included:
– Taimur Khan from Rawalpindi on Sarangi
– Farhan Bogra from Peshawar on Rabab
– Sparlay from Peshawar on Guitar
– Shiraz from Peshawar on Tumaknari/ Jembe
– Sarfaraz Anwar from Rawalpindi on Tabla
– Taj Buledi from Baluchistan on Dambora and Vocals
– Asgar Ali from Baluchistan on Suroz
Visiting musicians from abroad included:
– Gerald Sholomenko from Canada on Saxophone and Flite
– James Stevens from Canada on Violin and Mandolin
– Zhang Mi from China on VocalsOfficial Radio Partners: City FM 89
Pictures from the Concert to be found here.

Arifana Kalam – Sufi Music for the Soul

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Arifana Kalam - Sufi Music for the SoulThe Institute for Preservation of Art and Culture (IPAC) and Kuch Khaas arranged an evening of soulful Sufi music.

Artists: Javed Tufail Niazi (Pride of Performance) accompanied by Ustad Muhammad Ajmal on Tabla.

We are very fortunate to have Javed Tufail Niazi perform for us in this event. Javed is currently one of the finest Sufi Kafi singers in Pakistan and is a recipient of the prestigious Pride of Performance award. He has been performing for more than thirty years and has performed extensively both in Pakistan and across the globe for audiences in United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, the Middle East, India, China, North Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia.

From the north-western foothills of the Himalayas to the Arabian Sea in the middle of which the mighty Indus River has for centuries run a meandering course in a multitude of channels, lies the Indus Valley (present day Pakistan). During the middle ages of Islam many contemplating and religious minded persons were attracted to the towns and cities of the Indus valley for their reputation for peaceful life and respect for the learned, thus setting the stage for the emergence of a rich tradition of Sufi poetry that has served to unify and synthesize the diverse cultural heritage of the people and their folk wisdom.

In this event we celebrate the rare beauty of the Sufi poetry with its message of love, tolerance and harmony composed in lyrical forms set to the tunes of local folk music of the Indus Valley.

Pictures from the Concert to be found here.

     

Reclaiming CJ(Civil Junction)!

Saturday, 21 January 2012
Reclaiming CJ(Civil Junction)!Back with a bang after 4 years of silence!
Musicians of the Twin Cities unite to take back what the Laal Masjid burka brigade took away from them!

At this IPAC’s aim was to also include some traditional musicians. We ended up with a some fun fusion music where various musicians performed together.

Featured artists include:
Taimur Khan(Sarangi), Sarfraz (Tabla), Faizan Khan (Guitar), Gerry Sholomenko (Saxophone, Flute), Bakshi Brothers (vocals), khadija Haider (Vocals), Moolah Omar and the Taliban (Terrorism) and more.

Pictures from the Concert to be found here.

      

Arifana Kalam – Sufi Music for the Soul

Thursday, 1 March 2012

The Institute for Preservation of Art and Culture (IPAC) and Kuch Khaas arranged an evening of soulful Sufi music.

Artists: Javed Tufail Niazi (Pride of Performance) accompanied by Ustad Muhammad Ajmal on Tabla.

We are very fortunate to have Javed Tufail Niazi perform for us in this event. Javed is currently one of the finest Sufi Kafi singers in Pakistan and is a recipient of the prestigious Pride of Performance award. He has been performing for more than thirty years and has performed extensively both in Pakistan and across the globe for audiences in United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, the Middle East, India, China, North Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia.

From the north-western foothills of the Himalayas to the Arabian Sea in the middle of which the mighty Indus River has for centuries run a meandering course in a multitude of channels, lies the Indus Valley (present day Pakistan). During the middle ages of Islam many contemplating and religious minded persons were attracted to the towns and cities of the Indus valley for their reputation for peaceful life and respect for the learned, thus setting the stage for the emergence of a rich tradition of Sufi poetry that has served to unify and synthesize the diverse cultural heritage of the people and their folk wisdom.

In this event we celebrate the rare beauty of the Sufi poetry with its message of love, tolerance and harmony composed in lyrical forms set to the tunes of local folk music of the Indus Valley.

Venue courtesy: Kuch Khaas
Radio partners: City FM89

Pictures from the Concert to be found here.

    

IPAC & Sonic Peacemakers Fundraiser Concert

Saturday, 18 February 2012

The Sonic Peacemakers and the Institute for Preservation of Art and Culture (IPAC) joined hands to host a fund raiser concert at PC Peshawar.
Artists included:
Sonic peace makers featuring Todd Shea and Farhan Saeed, Ustad Sabs Ali (tabla), Tahir Khan (vocals).
The Peshawar based band Khumaryan gave an outstanding performance blending the traditional rabab with the modern instruments. A visiting musician from China, Mi Zhang also performed with Khumaryan, creating an amazing fusion.

The show stopper was the IPAC representative, the Queen of Pashto Folk music Zarsanga.

Event Volunteers: NUPSA IM Sciences

Pictures from the Concert to be found here.

Celebrating seven years of sarangi.info

Monday, 6 February 2012

Sarangi.info and the Institute for Preservation of Art and Culture (IPAC) held a special seventh anniversary musical concert to celebrate seven years of sarangi.info. The website is the largest online archive of Sarangi instrumental music. Sarangi.info features rare recordings of past masters and contemporary musicians from the subcontinental classical tradition. The entire collection – which also includes a range of instrumental and vocal music of the region – is available for free download.

Artists: Taimur Khan on Sarangi, Gerald Sholomenko (from Canada) on Flute, Zhang Mi (from China) on Vocals, James Stevens (from Canada) on Violin and Sarfaraz Anwar on Tabla.

To find out more about Sarangi.info please visit:http://sarangi.info/ and www.facebook.com/sarangi.info

Pictures from the Concert to be found here.

Instrumental Ecstasy Concert IV – Violin

Sunday, 29 January 2012

The violin is one of the earliest Western instruments to be adapted to the classical music of the subcontinent. The introduction of the instrument to the subcontinent dates back to over a century.

The violin is one of the most perfect instrument acoustically and has extraordinary musical versatility. Come and experience a maestro who has received the prestigious Pride of Performance award perform on the violin.

Artists: Famous Violin virtuoso Ustad Raees Ahmad Khan (Pride of Performance) accompanied by Ustad Muhammad Ajmal on Tabla.

Venue courtesy: Kuch Khaas
Radio partners: City FM89

Pictures from the Concert to be found here.

Instrumental Ecstasy – Concert III – Bansuri

Sunday, 8 January 2012

The Bansuri is a transverse (side-blown) bamboo flute from the subcontinent. It is one of the world’s most ancient instruments, having existed in more or less its current form for about 4,000 years.

The name Bansuri has its roots in the word banse that means bamboo. Originally used as a folk instrument and to accompany dance (sometimes semi-religious) the Bansuri has only recently in this century been used in classical music.

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Artists: Salman Adil (Bansuri) and Ustad Muhammad Ajmal (Tabla)

Venue courtesy: Kuch Khaas
Radio partners: City FM89

Pictures from the Concert to be found here.

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