Riyaaz Qawwali

Riyaaz Qawwali (7 musician ensemble)

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Riyaaz Qawwali represents the unique diversity and plurality of South Asia. The ensemble’s musicians, who are settled in the United States, hail from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh and sing devotional music. While they are ethnically diverse, they also represent multiple spiritual backgrounds, which they incorporate into their music. Trained in both Eastern and Western classical music, the musicians have been professionally performing qawwali for the past ten years. With conservative growth and heightened attention to quality, Riyaaz Qawwali has now released two albums, been featured on NPR and Huffington Post and is constantly sharing new music for free on social media.


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Areas of Representation: The Americas, UK, Australia, New Zealand

Biography

Riyaaz Qawwali represents the unique diversity and plurality of South Asia. The ensemble’s musicians, who are settled in the United States, hail from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh and sing devotional music. While they are ethnically diverse, they also represent multiple spiritual backgrounds, which they incorporate into their music. Trained in both Eastern and Western classical music, the musicians have been professionally performing qawwali for the past ten years. With conservative growth and heightened attention to quality, Riyaaz Qawwali has now released two albums, been featured on NPR and Huffington Post and is constantly sharing new music for free on social media.

Riyaaz Qawwali’s mission is to expose new audiences to qawwali, while still paying homage to the tradition that has existed for 700+ years. The founding members of Riyaaz Qawwali chose the qawwali genre of music because it is home to unique musical elements not found in any other form of South Asian music. Riyaaz Qawwali combines traditional works with poetry from famous South Asian poets of multiple linguistic and religious backgrounds (poetic giants like Mirza Ghalib, Amir Khusrow, Bulleh Shah, Sant Kabir and Guru Nanak) to create a universal message of oneness. Riyaaz Qawwali uses the Urdu, Punjabi, Persian, Gujarati, and Hindi languages to represent the linguistic and cultural diversity that exists among the South Asian immigrants settled across Europe and North America.

For the past two years, the ensemble has been making a concentrated effort to move the qawwali tradition forward into the 21st century, composing and performing songs that grapple with issues faced by 1st and 2nd generation immigrants today. Separately, projects like Riyaaz Experiment (launched in 2016) attempt to narrow the gap between modern music and qawwali by presenting shorter pieces that use modern musical elements and accent the intellectual dialogue often overlooked within qawwali. Most notably, Riyaaz Qawwali is working on recording projects with mid-sized corporations that allow the businesses to use their music in the workspace to overcome stereotypes and celebrate diversity.

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2019
Jan 19, 2019 Venue Info
New York, NY USA Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine
7:30PM  
2018
Jul 15, 2018 Montana Folk Festival Venue Info
Butte, MT USA MT Folk Festival site
7:00 PM  
Jul 14, 2018 Montana Folk Festival Venue Info
Butte, MT USA MT Folk Festival site
7:00 PM  
Jan 19, 2018 Venue Info
Hanover, NH USA Hopkins Center for the Arts
8:00PM  


Videos

News

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Press

“Riyaaz Qawwali wants to spread the message of Sufism in   Donald “That baby was driving me crazy” Trump’s America.” – Huffington Post India


“Interfaith awareness is at the heart of Texas-based music ensemble Riyaaz Qawwali” – Huffington Post


“…one of [Austin’s] more unusual groups is tapping into a sound that has nothing to do with indie rock or hip-hop. They’re called Riyaaz Qawwali.”  – NPR


“The performance was mesmerizing as the group moved from one Qawwali to another. A few people danced in ecstasy toward the climax.”  – India Herald

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Technical Riders:

Riyaaz Qawwali Rider- 6 person: Download (pdf)

Riyaaz Qawwali Rider- 7 person: Download (pdf)

 


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