Shahzad Ismaily has studied music extensively from Pakistan, India, Turkey, Mexico, Santiago, Japan, Indonesia, Morocco and Iceland and has integrated these influences into his own work. He also composes regularly for dance and theater, including 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. Shahzad Ismaily currently lives and works in New York.