Amjad Ali Khan
St George's Bristol
St George's Bristol
Asian Arts Agency presents incredible sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan.
Amjad Ali Khan will be joined by his two distinguished sons Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash.
Amjad Ali Khan
One of the undisputed masters of the music world, Amjad Ali Khan represents the sixth generation in the legendary line of the Senia Bangash School.
Since his first performance aged six, Amjad Ali Khan has played for audiences worldwide. He brings a new and timeless interpretation to the repertoire, whilst being widely credited with re-inventing the technique of playing the sarod.
Over the course of a distinguished career spanning more than six decades, Amjad Ali Khan has won numerous accolades including a Grammy nomination, the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum, Unicef’s National Ambassadorship and the Fukuoka Cultural grand prize.
Amjad Ali Khan has made regular appearances at Carnegie Hall New York, Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall London, BBC Proms 2022, Sydney Opera House Australia, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Esplanade Singapore, Kennedy Center Washington and Symphony Center Chicago.
He has performed at festivals worldwide including the Edinburgh International Festival, WOMAD, Enescu Festival Bucharest, and the BBC Proms; as well as for prestigious organizations such as the United Nations, UNESCO, World Arts Summit and for the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo, 2014.
Amjad Ali Khan’s passion for bringing the sarod to new audiences has seen him give numerous residencies as well as being appointed as Visiting Professor at several universities, including Stanford University, University of New Mexico, York University and Jacob’s School of Music.
Amjad Ali Khan is a Gold Medal Winner at the Global Music Awards for his outstanding contribution to the global music industry and excellence in the classical music sphere. This honour was bestowed on the trailblazing trio of Amjad Ali Khan and his sons Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash in recognition of their “Peace Worshipers” album which was released in July 2017 by Affetto Records and distributed by Naxos.
“…the finest living exponent of the sarod…” – The Guardian
“…this is a player at the height of his inventive powers and currently unequalled.” – BBC Music Magazine
“One of the 20th century’s greatest masters of the Sarod…” – Songlines magazine
Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash
Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash represent the seventh generation of a musical lineage known as the Senia Bangash School. They are disciples of their father, the great sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan and were initiated into the fine art of sarod playing from an early age, with each brother giving their first public performances at age eight.
They have performed across the globe, including appearances at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in the USA, Royal Festival Hall, Symphony Hall and Barbican Centre in the UK, Konzerthaus Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Esplanade Singapore and Sydney Opera house. They have also appeared at festivals including WOMAD, Edinburgh International Festival and World Beat in Brisbane.
Their pioneering approach to the repertoire has led them to collaborate with percussionist Evelyn Glennie, guitarist Derek Trucks of the Allman Brothers Band, cellist Matthew Barley, Bulgarian violinist Elmira Dararova and folk singer Carrie Newcomer.
“From India, a Sarod Dynasty Represented by Father and Sons….both excellent musicians, who play with power and precision and can light up an audience with fast passages.” – The New York Times
Event presented by Asian Arts Agency.