Seattle Post Article preceeding the Epic Washington Concert featuring an interview with the legend.
“The following Article was published on January 22, 1993, just one day before NFAK’s Unforgettable performance at Meany! in Seattle Times and is posted here with their permission. Read Along”
Tomorrow: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in concert, Meany Theater, 8 p.m., sold out. 543-4880.
In Pakistan and North Indian mausoleums, singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is widely celebrated as a powerful
conveyor of the spiritual message. In the West his versatile voice, melodic sensibility and deeply passionate
delivery have made him one of the most popular performers of contemporary world music.
Last September, Khan came to Seattle at the invitation of the University of Washington ethnomusicology
department as a visiting artist. Khan will be teaching there through March. Tomorrow, he gives his first public
performance here, accompanied by an ensemble of nine musicians. Continue reading
University Of Washington invites Celebrity Visiting Artists every year for it’s Ethnomusicology Program. In 1992-93 they took a chance to Invite NFAK, hoping he wont turn up. To their surprise , NFAK happily agreed … why hadn’t he … he was going to get great chance to spread his music to a completely new audience and ample resource for his musical-cross blendings.. .. The program was a huge success as not just students but even faculty members and artists from different universities as well as different parts of USA turned up for the program…the fact that his students became one of the most Hardcore NFAK fans ever was not at all surprising… He also gave one of his most memorable performances ever at Meany(University Theater) after huge request by students . NFAK was awarded an honorary Doctorate later by the University ……… What Follows is a writeup by Professor Hiromi Lorraine Sakata remembering NFAK’s Stay…
What we present today is some of the awesome Jugalbandisbetween NFAK & Tari Khan during 1992-1994 in USA . If use are classical fan, there is noway you wont enjoy it. If your are not into classical, then it quiet possible that you will become one today after listening to these Jugalbandi.
Cutting right to chest, if you are a big fan of “Allah Hoo” , then you might be knowing that the most famous version of Allah Hoo was recorded in this concert, I am talking about the 15 minutes versions you might have heard on albums like “Imprint”, “The Emperor” , “Live At Washington University” and any other famous compilation album. This is also the concert that was mentioned in our fan-story in previous post.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, was the Celebrity Visiting Artist in the University of Washington Ethnomusicology Program in 1992-93. It was during the end of his visit that there was a sudden demand of a Concert performance, other ensemble members were back in Pakistan, NFAK initially thought of giving a solo performance with Tari Khan on Tabla, however the other member flew in just a few hours before the time. And then they gave us such a great show (after traveling for over 20 hours continuously), hats off to them.
So the performance has all the great tracks “Allah Hoo”, “Man Kunto Maula” (Might be the beat version), “Mast Mast”, “Haq Ali Ali”, “Mera Piya Ghar aaya”…
this video posted below contains the main part of concert, the duo performance with Farrukh and another one with Tari khan will be posted soon..
So gear up for 90 minutes of pure music….