Pakistani Producer Faisal Rafi working with Grammy Award-Winning Musician

December 8, 2010

Faisal Rafi with Pandit Vishwa Mohan BhattFaisal Rafi who is a Recording Producer, Percussionist, Drummer is currently working with an Internationally acclaimed classical musician, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt who has performed in 41 countries of the world and is currently performing in Pakistan. Bhatt who is the creator of the musical instrument Mohan Veena, won a Grammy Award with US guitarist Ry Cooder in 1994 for their album A Meeting by the River.

Faisal has recently recorded a session with Grammy Award winning artiste Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and sub continental legend Ustad Fateh Ali Khan. He said on facebook,

Alan Simon: pioneer of body percussions in Pakistan

April 28, 2010
Alan Simon (Taal Karisma)

By Rafay Mahmood

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Alan Simon (Taal Karisma)As a three-year-old, he spent most of his time in kitchen, concerned more with the utensils than the food — after all, the latter could not make percussive sounds. The habit continued, but the thought of playing percussion instruments professionally did not occur to Alan Simon; he wanted to be a GD pilot.

All of that changed, however, when he enrolled at the National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA).Thirty-year-old Simon is now a percussionist and music graduate from NAPA, a Tabla player, and the pioneer of body percussions in Pakistan. Rhythm and percussions, he believes, were always a part of him and by deciding to take it up professionally, he has simply “formalised the craft”.

Exclusive interview with Alan Simon (Taal Karisma)

November 23, 2009

Sadaf Fayyaz speaks to Alan Simon, the founder of band Taal Karisma, Alan shares something exclusive on his music, so the rhythm speaks itself.

Alan SimonQ1. Tell us something about your band.

Alan: I came up with the idea of a band formation a couple of years back. Taal Karisma was founded in November 2006. It basically means the “madmen in rhythm”.

Q2. When and how did you initially get interested in music?

Alan: Since at the age of six or seven, I used to have a keen interest in music. I used to play the kitchen items like empty cans and cookie containers. There were influences from church and I was passionate about music. I decided to buy a Tabla in 1998. I was in fact, the first student to be enrolled for learning solo Tabla at NAPA. Then, I got training from Ustad Basheer Khan and learnt some drumming techniques from Gumby too. I always desired to be a percussionist.

Shanaakht Festival (Review)

November 16, 2009

Shanaakht Festival concludes with a fiery concert featuring Noori, Laal,
ADP, Fuzon and Taal Karisma

Abid Hussain

DSC0337As deafening noise emanated from the auditorium at the end of ‘Raag and Roll Concert’, the concluding event of Shanaakht Festival truly brought the house down with some fabulous music played to the full house, which thoroughly enjoyed the four hour spectacle.

With passes running out as early as 10 am on the last day of the festival and waiting list running well into hundreds, it was evident that the event was clearly the hottest ticket in town.

Faisal Rafi speaks on Kaavish, music production and more

November 10, 2009

Maheen Sabeeh

Faisal_Kaavish-JafferWhile Mekaal Hasan takes a step away from production (to concentrate on his music), Faisal Rafi is taking young artists under his wing and as it turns out, is working on a plethora of records at his Silent Studio (rather silently).

Faisal Rafi is no stranger to the music industry and with has jumped into urban pop music production alongside his other classical projects. In the contemporary music scene, the most prominent record that has Faisal Rafi’s stamp includes Kaavish‘s Gunkali, which remains the talk of the town.

Noori Performing at Karachi – Shanaakht Festival

April 6, 2009

Noori would be performing along with Zameer at the Shanaakht 2009. The event is called Raag and Roll. It would be an evening of fusion classical and jazz. Other bands include the Kolachi Quartet with Nafeez Sahab and Nazia, Taal Karisma, Aunty Disco Project  and Zara and Shallum.

Shanaakht 2009 is a free festival organized by The Citizens Archive of Pakistan for the city of Karachi between 8th and 12th April 2009 at the Karachi Arts Council.

Venue: Karachi Arts Council
Date: 12th April, 2009
Time: 8:00 pm
Entry is free