Love In Exile Arooj Aftab

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Label: Arooj - Trio Record

Genre: Jazz

Subgenre: Crossover Jazz

Artist: Arooj Aftab

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  • 1To Remain/To Return09:19
  • 2Haseen Thi12:09
  • 3Shadow Forces14:11
  • 4Sajni08:15
  • 5Eyes Of The Endless14:40
  • 6Sharabi13:42
  • 7To Remain/To Return (Excerpt)03:19
  • Total Runtime01:15:35

Info for Love In Exile

Love in Exile - a trio consisting of the members Arooj Aftab, Yijay Iyer, Shazad Ismaily, who found each other only recently and will take their listeners into a magical world. Due to the originality of each artist, the group likes to experiment and improvise, developing a very special sound - sometimes mysterious, but also shaped by a winged timbre.

Not long ago, singer and composer Arooj Aftab became the first Pakistani artist to win the Grammy Award for "Best Global Music Performance", impressing with her calm, touching voice and magnetic charisma. As a pianist, Vijay Iyer has received several honourable awards in recent years, making him one of the leading musicians of his generation. With great sensitivity in his fingers, he captivates the fans and draws every single one into his spell. Shahzad Ismaily, the most experimental member of the trio, has already collaborated with various cross-genre musicians. Through this experience and his outstanding talent as a multi-instrumentalist and composer, he adds a lot of variety and creativity to the music of the group. The individual skills of the three artists are in a powerful harmony, which gives listeners goosebumps in any case.

In spring 2023, the first album of Love in Exile will be released, with which the trio creates outstanding sounds of meditation and yearning. Listeners should feel understood, and will be accompanied by the music on their path of self-discovery. The goal of the project is to convey a feeling of freedom to their audience, with the intention of developing an own identity through love and music.

Arooj Aftab, vocals
Vijay Iyer, piano, synthesizers
Shahzad Ismaily, bass, Moog synthesizer

Arooj Aftab
Since the beginning of her career, which followed her musical studies at Berklee, Arooj Aftab has tried to reconcile the different aspects of her life in her compositions. Her origins, the pain of seeing the treatment of immigrants by the great international powers and her new Western life are all intertwined in everything she does. In 2021 she gave us the beautiful Vulture Prince. Less deeply rooted than on her previous releases, the folk music of Asia still shines through in many aspects of this meeting of two worlds.

“Ethereal” is always a hard word to use, but for some reason, it crops up everywhere and for Arooj Aftab: It’s just impossible not to feel the full ethereal spirit of her music.

In my head there’s always a whole bunch of songs and ideas. And I’m sure that’s true of many artists. I feel like I’m just always like piecing things together, subconsciously, as I’m doing other stuff. Now that I’m touring, I’ve got all these disjointed conversations with myself happening about the next record so I’m just kind of thinking about it all the time. When more ideas start to feel good I feel like we should start going into the studio.

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