16 - October - 2017

Irshad Khan World Ensemble

Classical - Folk - Fusion - Indian - World
From Mississauga, Ontario

BIO

The band is led by Irshad Khan's super virtuosic Sitar performance. This revolutionary musical style has created a ground breaking East-Meets-West Theme, which is a combination of Indian traditional to contemporary jazz, blues, to world-beat funk, new-age, folk/fusion.

Based in Mississauga Canada, Irshad Khan is one of the foremost representatives of a musical heritage unprecedented in India and the torchbearer of the younger generation of the Imdadkhani Etawa Gharana (the leading school of Sitar). Irshad Khan is internationally recognized as one of the greatest sitar players and as the leading surbahar (bass sitar) exponent of his generation. Irshad’s individual stamp in both these instruments ascends from the distinctiveness of his technique and mental prowess. His style is followed and inspired by many formative and professional sitar players of his generation. His dedication to the subtleties of the raga is in bringing out its essence in rendering its pure form of feelings and expressions. His phenomenal control of the intricate "gayaki-ang"(vocal) and "tantra-ang"(instrumental) styles makes Irshad Khan one of the world’s most dynamic musicians of today.

Whether he is performing pure classical, folk, or worldbeat/newage, audiences are stunned by his supreme virtuosity and musicality. This remarkable versatility allows Irshad Khan to transcend cultural barriers and turn each performance into a spellbinding and unforgettable experience for audiences everywhere. Having emerged as a child prodigy, Irshad Khan gave his first public performance at the age of seven. His international debut was at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, England when he was only 13. At 18, he made history by becoming the youngest soloist to perform at one of the most prestigious international music festivals held in London, known as the Indian All Night concert at the Proms. Since then he has played in over 30 nations that include performances in various music festivals and conferences throughout India, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, the Far East, and North America

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Gigs

Wilfred Laurier University - Waterloo, Ontario Canada - Saturday, January 1, 2011

University of Miami - Miami, Florida United States - Saturday, January 1, 2011

Rumi Fest.St. Pauls Cathedral - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Friday, January 1, 2010

345 Gallery - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Friday, January 1, 2010

Conrad Gabriel College - Kitchner, Ontario Canada - Friday, January 1, 2010

India Association,Univ theatre - Dallas, Texas United States - Friday, January 1, 2010

Brocport University - Brockport, New York United States - Friday, January 1, 2010

Mississauga Symphony Orchestra - Mississauga, Ontario Canada - Friday, January 1, 2010

Mississauga secondary School - Mississauga, Ontario Canada - Friday, January 1, 2010

Turner Fenton Secondary School - Mississauga, Ontario Canada - Friday, January 1, 2010

Springfield School - Mississauga, Ontario Canada - Friday, January 1, 2010

Don Mills Festival - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Friday, January 1, 2010

Auburn Theatre - New York, New York United States - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Oscar Peterson Hall - Montreal, Quebec Canada - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Harbour front , Amphi Theatre - Toronto, Ontario Canada - Thursday, January 1, 2009

San Diego - San Diego , California United States - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Indian Assoc. - Detroit, Michigan United States - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Interfaith Chappel Uof R - Rochester, New York United States - Thursday, January 1, 2009

Band Members

Mark West
Gino Mirizio
Phil Kane
Meg Rayan
Dave Field
John Brownel

Manager

Irshad Khan
Email: uam@rogers.com
Phone: 905 542 2098

Discography

Vaibhav
Legendary Legacy, 2009

Malhar
Legendary Legacy , 2008

Desires
EMI/Virgin, 2007

Fire Grace Passion
New Dawn Production, 2005

Transcendence
HMV, 2002

Basant Bahar
Indie, 2002

Magic of Twilight
Naxos World, 2000

Awakenings
Indie, 1998

Awakenings
Indie, 1998

Romancing the Sitar
Indie, 1997

Jansamohini
India Archive, 1996