National Academy of Performing Art to organise 2-day musical event
KARACHI: National Academy of Performing Art (NAPA) Music will organise a musical event ‘Smart Harmony’, featuring performances of renowned American and Pakistani singers at Pakistan Institute of International Affairs (PIIA) auditorium on September 4 and 5.
This was announced by NAPA Music head Nafees Ahmad while addressing a press conference at the academy premises here on Wednesday.
Pakistani classical singers, including Ustad Salamat Hussain, Ustad Bashir Khan besides Nafees Ahmed and Intezar Hussain while US musicians, including Emil Holden, Peter Myers and Holly Jenkins will perform at the event.
Ustad Salamat is the most experienced flutist of Pakistan who acquired his early training from Ustad Mushtaq Hussain and Guchan Khan. He has extensively performed around the world. Ustad Bashir is a tabla maestro. He inherits the authentic baaj and Punjab gharana through his ustad Karim Buksh Pairana.
Emily Holden is a versatile violinist, improviser, and composer. She is a dynamic performer who can move with fluidity through many styles. Holly Jenkins has already established herself as performing artist and chamber musician. She has played in recitals in many countries. Peter Myers is the founding cellist of the Saguaro Piano Trio and has performed with his group internationally.
Nafees Ahmad, an accomplished sitar player, has performed with various western orchestras and ensembles. His recent endeavours, which globally appreciated include an album ‘Interpretations of Jazz Standards and Bossa Nova’ released by Sachal Music while Intezar Hussain is a young up and coming vocalist. He learned music from Ustad Ilyas Khan of Patiala gharana and is singing since the age 14.
He further said that this event would bring common things of Pakistani and Western music and be helpful in bringing together both regions’ music players. ‘Smart Harmony’ would be different in itself as in this event both sides’ musicians would sing and play their traditional music jointly, Ahmad added.