Shahzad Ismaily (US)

About Shahzad Ismaily

Shahzad Ismaily was born to Pakistani immigrant parents in the US and grew up in a wholly bicultural household. While he holds a master’s degree in biochemistry from Arizona State University, he has been working as a composer and musician for years now. He has largely didactically learned to play the electric and double bass, guitar, banjo, accordion, flute, drums, various percussion instruments and various analog synthesizers and drum machines. During his career, he worked with a variety of female musicians, including Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Jolie Holland, Laura Veirs, Bonnie Prince Billy and John Zorn. He also became known as the sideman of Marianne Faithfull, Elvis Costello, Marc Ribot and a member of the "Secret Chiefs 3".

Shahzad Ismaily also composes regularly for dance and theater, including for Min Tanaka, the Frankfurt Ballet and the East River Commedia. He recently created 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 in 2008. Currently based in New York, Ismaily has studied music extensively in Pakistan, India, Turkey, Mexico, Santiago, Japan, Indonesia, Morocco and Iceland.

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