Amaan Ali Bangash Ayaan Ali Bangash
Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash represent the seventh generation of a musical lineage known as the Senia Bangash School. Disciples of their father the great sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan, both were initiated into the fine art of sarod playing from an early age, with each brother giving their first public performances at the age of eight.
They have performed across the globe, including appearances at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in the USA, Royal Festival Hall, Symphony Hall and Barbican Centre in the UK, Konzerthaus Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Esplanade Singapore and Sydney Opera house. They have also appeared at festivals including WOMAD, Edinburgh International Festival and World Beat in Brisbane.
Their pioneering approach to the repertoire has led them to collaborate with percussionist Evelyn Glennie, guitarist Derek Trucks of the Allman Brothers Band, cellist Matthew Barley, Bulgarian violinist Elmira Dararova and folk singer Carrie Newcomer. They also regularly perform their father's sarod concerto Samaagam which they have played with London Philharmonic Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and Moscow State Phlharmonic.
Along with their father they are Gold Medal Winners at the Global Music Awards for their outstanding contribution to the global music industry and excellence in the classical music sphere. This honour was bestowed on the trailblazing trio in recognition of their "Peace Worshipers" album which was released in July 2017 by Affetto Records and distributed by Naxos.
Recent highlights include performances with Amjad Ali Khan at London's Royal Festival Hall, WOMADelaide and WOMAD New Zealand festivals, and performances of Samaagam in Melbourne, Houston, Portland, New Jersey, and the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, as part of the annual UN day. As a duo, they perform a programme of crossover classical repertoire with violinist Jennifer Pike at Wigmore Hall, Swaledale Festival and Newbury Spring Festival.