Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash, with their approach, vision and versatility have made Sarod a cross-over instrument in a variety of genres projecting themselves as artists of high repute. Being strictly traditional practitioners of their chosen instrument, they perform with Karsh Kale, best known as a trailblazer, not only in his own career, but also for an entire scene to emerge in the world of electronica and fusion music. Despite belonging to different worlds of music, this is a collaboration sailing beautifully across an ocean of two worlds, literally. They expanded beyond cultural and traditional borders of music on their new collaboration.
Amaan Ali Bangash is the elder son and disciple of the Sarod Maestro Amjad Ali Khan. Initiated into the fine art of Sarod playing at a very tender age, Amaan began his public performances at the age of eight. Accompanying his father to various music festivals in India and abroad, he has today carved out a niche for himself and his performances have evoked considerable applause. His precision in tunefulness and his bold and resonant strokes are all pointers to importance of tradition and continuity in Indian Classical Music. He made his debut abroad in 1986 at the Festival of India in Moscow. In 1990, Amaan performed in UK and at the Asia Society in 1991 in New York. Today, Amaan is considered as one of the finest young sarod players and has attained a very special place for himself among Indian music enthusiasts. Awards and accolades came his way early in life, yet Amaan steadfastly pursued his family’s inheritance and legacy. His personal belief being that his work will speak for itself . In October 2002, he received Provogue Society’s Young Achievers Award for Performing Arts. Beyond playing the sarod, Amaan has anchored Top Drive, the all-new television series on Star World that was aired beginning in January 2003 for five episodes. He also took part in the relay for the 2004 Athens Olympics in New Delhi in June 2004. In 2005, Amaan composed for the music for the film American Daylight by Academy Award winner Rodger Christian.
Ayaan Ali Bangash is the younger son and disciple of the Sarod titan Maestro Amjad Ali Khan, making his solo concert debut at the age of eight. Since that time, Ayaan has been performing concerts world wide, giving many solo performances and also appearing in concert with his illustrious father and brother. Ayaan has won the hearts of music lovers both in India and around the globe. He made his UK Debut in 1989 and the US Debut in 1991 at the Asia Society in New York. By the year 2000, Ayaan joined his father at the Dalai Lama’s Sacred Music Festival inauguration. In June 2004, Ayaan took part in the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Torch Relay in New Delhi and the Fall of the same year he performed at the Symphony Hall in Fukuoka and New York’s Town Hall. In 2005, Ayaan composed the music score for Roger Christian’s film American Daylight. Ayaan has participated in over seven recordings that include three solo projects. His recent recordings include Sarod for Harmony and Live at Carnegie Hall.