Fresh from his appearance at the TED Global Conference 2012 in Edinburgh, the Institute is pleased to welcome Usman Riaz, the musical prodigy from Pakistan, for his first London performance at its facilities in Kilburn on Thursday 5th July.
Usman burst onto the music scene in Pakistan when his guitar composition Firefly blended a percussive guitar technique with South Asian rhythms and melodic forms. He was aged 20 at the time and had been playing guitar for only 4 years, though he had been trained in classical piano from an early age.
Usman cites musical influences ranging from Jimmy Page, Kaki King, Michael Hedges and Don Ross to his grandmother, a musician trained in classical north Indian music.
For his performance at the Institute, Usman will be accompanied by percussionist Hassan Ameen Moheyuddin, playing pieces he has composed for guitar, piano and percussion. He will also be exhibiting “Ruckus” a short music video he has conceived and directed. Copies of his latest CD will be available free to all attendees.
The performance is free and there are a limited number of spaces available for the public as well as Institute students. This is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the precocious virtuoso talent of this exciting young artist with a passion for crossing the frontiers between East and West, classical and contemporary, music and cinema, art and dance.
Usman Riaz performance:
Thursday 5th July 2012, 7:00pm
The Institute, 1A Dyne Road, Kilburn, London NW6 7XG
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