The Evening Concert
The conference will include an evening
concert on Saturday, May 15th from 7:30pm - 9:30pm with musicians
Yusuf Mahmoud, Asif Mahmoud, and Ashraf Sharif.
About the Musicians:
Ustad Asif Mahmoud was born in Kabul in 1946. He comes from a long line
of musicians originally from Kasur the shrine of Bulleh
Shah, the Punjab who moved to Kabul in the 19th century with
other North Indian court musicians. They settled in the Kucha-ye
Kharabat where they maintained their traditions, not least of
devotion to the Chesti order of Sufism, which is always a prominent
role to music in its ceremonies. Asif learned tabla from his
famous older brother Ustad Hashem, and later studied further
with Allah Rakhah Kahn in the Punjab Gharana.
Yusuf Mahmoud was born in Kabul in 1974, studying tabla with his
uncle Ustad Hashem and singing with another uncle Wahid Khan.
He often took part in musician Sessions at the Chesti khanegah
of Haji Qadir in Kabul. Later, a scholarship allowed him to study
the tabla in India with Bandu Khan, of the Ajrara gharana
and more recently in Bombay with Allah Rakhah.
An Interview from BBC Radio
Ashraf Sharif Khan
is the third son of the Asian sitar master Ustad
Muhammad Sharif Khan Poonchwala. An acknowledged prodigy
since the age of eleven, he inherits a musical tradition handed
down from father to son, from ustad to talib, over hundreds of
years since the founding of the "saini gharana"
school in the time of the Moghul Emperors of South Asia.
Ashraf's music combines an astounding technical proficiency with
an accomplished artist's striving for perfection in musical expression.
The melodic beauty of his style, accentuated by his dynamic rhythmic
development and virtuoso technique provide an unforgettable musical
experience for longtime aficionados of South Asian music and
for newcomers alike. His music transcends regional boundaries,
and is accessible to all. It is universal in scope.
Ashraf Sharif has performed extensively in Pakistan, United States,
Europe, Japan and South Asia.