Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer, and Shahzad Ismaily - "Love in Exile"

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Three accomplished musicians forge a singular voice incorporating their distinct backgrounds and vast histories of collaboration. Spellbinding vocalist Arooj Aftab is the first Pakistani American to win a Grammy; MacArthur "genius" Vijay Iyer is an influential pianist; and multi-instrumentalist, composer, and bassist Shahzad Ismaily has performed with Lou Reed and Tom Waits. Together, they create timeless, one-of-a-kind performances of haunting collaborative soundscapes. Aftab describes the project as "about self-exile, and the search for freedom and identity, and finding it through love and music." 

Jazz, world music, and experimentation unite in a heavenly transformation. Both ancient and modern, the music weaves an environment of suspended tones, creating a hypnotic cocoon of sound. Aftab’s warm, immersive voice is rich and haunting, imparting a state of relaxation. This profound evening will sweep the audience up in a world of sound.


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Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer, and Shahzad Ismaily - "Love in Exile"
  • 190 Alumni Mall
  • Blacksburg, VA 24061
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  • Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech
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