Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer and Shahzad Ismaily

Arooj Aftab

Arooj Aftab processes the Sufi tradition through an open-minded approach to sonic matter, reminiscent of jazz improvisation, and a contemporary production that does not shy away from incorporating subtle electronic undertones.
With this method, the Lahore-born, Brooklyn-based artist completely reworks classical Pakistani and North Indian forms, like thumri, khayal, and kafi. With those broad inspirations, she creates a fascinating mix of sounds and cultures.

Aftab’s debut album, “Bird Under Water“, dazzles with detailed arrangements and mesmerizing ambience. The music floats through the air with a particular kind of lightness and poise. Feel its elegant movement and let yourself sink in.

Shahzad Ismaily

American guitarist, bassist, accordionist and composer, born to Pakistani immigrant parents, based in New York City, USA.
Founder and owner of 88 (2).

New York based US jazz pianist, violinist and composer, born in Albany, NY, on 26th october, 1971.

He has no formal piano/composing education, but studied violin privately; he received basic composing and improvisational lectures at Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY.
He graduated with B.S. in Mathematics & Physics from Yale University, and holds a M.A. in Physics and Ph.D. in Technology and the Arts from the University of California at Berkeley; his research was focused on music and cogitive sciences.

Beside ongoing engagements in New York he has played all over the world as a leader and sideman (notable musicians whom he played with include Roscoe Mitchell, Steve Coleman, Amiri Baraka, John Zorn, Wadada Leo Smith and many others. His most important collaborator is the saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa.
Beside Jazz music he also composed many classical music works for orchestra and smaller ensembles.



Please note, there is a one drink minimum for this show (standing and bar stools) and two drink minimum at tables.

Limited seating is available on a first come first served basis.

Advance tickets are available online until 5:30PM, day of show. Any remaining tickets can be purchased at the door at showtime.

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Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2