moon of the fifteenth

For Chamber Ensemble 

Commissioned by Kamran Ali and Scott Webel on behalf of the University of Texas at Austin South Asia Institute in conjunction with Pakistan’s National Academy of Performing Arts and the US State Department 

Moon of the 15th is a true work of fusion. As a Visiting Scholar at the University of Texas at Austin, I had to bring together a group of musicians to form a band which would give live performances at the end of the exchange program in America and Pakistan. Always inspired by the beautiful Raag Charukeshi I chose to compose the melody in as my friend Muhammad Waqas played an interesting rhythmic pattern in 15 beats on tabla. 

I had a chance to hear the work of a few wonderful composers who were graduates at UT Austin and one of them was Franklin Piland. I then asked Franklin to arrange this piece for the ensemble to which he happily agreed. The ensemble enjoys every time to play it since everyone gets to play a solo on evolving ostinati that grow out of the drone and creates a sense of forward motion and intensity steadily evolving from a more ‘classical chamber’ sound to a jazz/raga/rock based fusion sound.

Performances  

Asian America Resource Center Concert  - Sunday, November 15, 2015, 2pm (CST) - 8401 Cameron Rd, Austin, TX 78754  

Society for Ethnomusicology: Collaborative Concert with students from Austin & Pakistan held on Friday, December 4, 2015, 8:00 PM (CST) at Jessen Auditorium in Homer Rainey Hall, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712  

Sangat – Raga Based Fusion Music held on Sunday, December 13, 2015, 12pm (CST) at Student Center Theatre, University of Houston, 4810 Calhoun Rd, Austin, TX 78754  

Pakistan Tour from March 9-20, 2016  

– Beach Luxury Hotel  – US Consul General’s Residence  – National Academy of Performing Arts Theatre, Karachi, Pakistan  

January 6 & 8, 2017  at National Academy of Performing Arts in-house theatre. Karachi, Pakistan  and at Pakistan National Council of Arts, Islamabad, Pakistan

Tum

I wrote Tum in 2008, the song is very close to my heart and was originally in waltz, I then arranged it in reggae for the band. It also evolved with time and I added a whole new section in between where the rhythm pattern changes. Each member of Sangat ensemble contributed their own taste and it turned out to be more appealing and still in evolution, studio recording coming out soon.

Performances 

Asian American Center Concert, Sunday, November 15, 2015, 2pm (CST) at Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd, Austin, TX 78754 

Society for Ethnomusicology: Collaborative Concert with students from Austin & Pakistan on Friday, December 4, 2015, 8:00 PM (CST) at Jessen Auditorium in Homer Rainey Hall, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712 

Sangat – Raga Based Fusion Music held on Sunday, December 13, 2015, 12pm (CST) 

Student Center Theatre, University of Houston, 4810 Calhoun Rd, Austin, TX 78754.

Pakistan Tour held March 9-20, 2016 at Beach Luxury Hotel – US Consul General’s Residence – National Academy of Performing Arts Theatre, Karachi, Pakistan 

January 6 & 8, 2017 at National Academy of Performing Arts in-house theatre. Karachi, Pakistan, Pakistan National Council of Arts, Islamabad, Paksitan 

US Tour on March 15, 2018 

SXSW World Music Showcase 2018 at The Austin Russian House, Austin, Texas.

Collaborative Performance of a famous Pakistani song 'Ye Watan Tumhara Hai' with Mandolin Quartet and Opera singer from Italy lead by Roberto Bascia at the National Academy of Performing Arts, Pakistan.

Collaborative Performance of a famous Macedonian Song 'Ramajana' with The University of Texas at Austin's Middle Eastern Ensemble at the Central Market in Austin, Texas.

few band (fusion of east & west)