Shahzad Ismaily : percussion

Shahzad Ismaily

Shahzad Ismai­ly

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. He has also com­posed reg­u­lar­ly for dance and the­ater, includ­ing for Min Tana­ka, the Frank­furt Bal­let and the East Riv­er Com­me­dia. Recent­ly he com­posed the score for the crit­i­cal­ly acclaimed movie Frozen Riv­er, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val. He was also an Artist in Res­i­dence at the Head­lands Cen­ter for the Arts in San Fran­cis­co, CA in 2008. Cur­rent­ly based in New York , Ismai­ly has stud­ied music exten­sive­ly in Pak­istan, India, Turkey, Mex­i­co, San­ti­a­go, Japan, Indone­sia, Moroc­co and Ice­land.