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Shahzad Ismaily was born to Pakistani immigrant parents and grew up in a wholly bicultural household. While he holds a masters degree in biochemistry from Arizona State University, he is a largely self-taught composer and musician, having mastered the electric and double bass, guitar, banjo, accordion, flute, drums, various percussion instruments and various analog synthesizers and drum machines. Ismaily has recorded or performed with an incredibly diverse assemblage of musicians, including Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Jolie Holland, Laura Veirs, Bonnie Prince Billy, Faun Fables, Secret Chiefs 3, John Zorn, Elysian Fields, Shelley Hirsch, Niobe, Will Oldham, Nels Cline, Mike Doughty (of Soul Coughing), Graham Haynes, David Krakauer, Billy Martin (of Medeski Martin and Wood), Carla Kihlstedt’s Two Foot Yard, the Tin Hat Trio, Raz Mesinai and Burnt Sugar

sea legs / hum back

Label: Aspen Edities
Released: 2019
Track listing: Sea Legs; Urlicht; Bowhead; Fugu; Martim.

Aspen Edities: The Album as a Work of Art

Read "Aspen Edities: The Album as a Work of Art" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

It's a paradox of the digital age that it has spawned some of the most beautiful physical editions of music, but perhaps it's quite logical. In an age where almost everything becomes available digitally, it's a good thing for a physical product to distinguish itself. This is exactly what the records from the Belgian-based label Aspen ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Shahzad Ismaily: sea legs / hum back

Read "sea legs / hum back" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

A split album with the first ever solo release by American multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily (who has played with artists like guitarist Marc Ribot, singer/songwriter Tom Waits and experimentalist Laurie Anderson), plus a solo euphonium program by Belgian Niels Van Heertum: one side each in the LP version. Ismaily begins the set with a single ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ceramic Dog: YRU Still Here?

Read "YRU Still Here?" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

Marc Ribot è tornato coi suoi Ceramic Dog e con un album YRU Still Here? che si inserisce nel solco della piega politica e di protesta che da tempo lo contraddistingue. I suoi compagni di viaggio per questa terza uscita marcata Ceramic Dog (a 10 anni compiuti dall'avvio del progetto) sono Shahzad Ismaily e Ches Smith ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog Live At BIMHUIS Amsterdam

Read "Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog Live At BIMHUIS Amsterdam" reviewed by BIMHUIS

Marc Ribot has torn the roof off the Bimhuis several times already with his energetic trio Ceramic Dog. Anything goes, from angular songs to exuberant rock riffs to a whimsical version of jazz classic like “Take Five." Multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily can switch from distorted bass guitar to cheerful organ, and drummer Ches Smith can alternate between ...

Meet Sarah V.

Read "Meet Sarah V." reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

One of our youngest Super Fans yet, Sarah V might also be our most dedicated, attending over 200 concerts a year, and even moving to New York City to immerse herself more completely in the music scene. Like Super Fan “Jazz Judy" Balos, she likes to sit way up front--which, as you'll find out when you ...

Hal Willner, Ex Eye, Bill Laswell, Zion 80 & Brandon Seabrook

Read "Hal Willner, Ex Eye, Bill Laswell, Zion 80 & Brandon Seabrook" reviewed by Martin Longley

Hal Willner The Stone June 14, 15, 17, 2016 Hal Willner spent six nights in residence at The Stone, presenting two sets each evening. This Philadelphian producer has immaculate taste, as illustrated by his greatest achievements: a series of conceptual albums that feature a host of carefully selected artists, assigned ...

Save The Date - Luglio 2015

Read "Save The Date - Luglio 2015" reviewed by Luca Canini

Dopo la vacanza forzata di giugno, organizzata all'ultimo vista la sconfortante carenza di spunti degni di nota, torna Save The Date, l'agenda mensile di All About Jazz dedicata agli appuntamenti imperdibili. Non che ci aspetti un luglio memorabile, ma qua e là, setacciando cartelloni e programmi, qualche concerto da cerchiare in rosso lo si trova. Prima ...


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