Saturday, January 13, 2007

BQP plays Manhattan/Brooklyn Jan 18/19, 2007

Jesse Neuman of the Brooklyn Qawwali Party emailied me to say that they play a Manhattan/Brooklyn double header this week. Details below:


THURSDAY jan 18th@ Makor ..........9pm

(35 W 67th St, near 1/9, Broadway)$15 adv/$18 day of for the WHOLE NIGHT!
---doors open at 8 for GlobeSonic Entertainment's "Tribute to NusratFateh Ali Khan." Also performing, Vishal Vaid (singer with KarshKale) and Globesonic Sound System (DJ trio).


FRIDAY jan 19th@ Zebulon..............10pm

(258 Wythe in Williamsburg---take L to Bedford, walk back towardsmanhattan on N. 6th and turn left onto Wythe)free!!!


BQP is comprised of:
tony barba_tenor/jesse neuman_trumpet/loren stillman_alto/ryankeberle_trombone/rob jost_french horn/michael bellar/harmonium/mikegamble_guitar/noah jarrett_bass/conor elmes_drumset/shawntrail_percussion/sunny jain_percussion/samita sinha_vocals

Vishal Vaid is a fantastic singer. He has a rich and mellow voice, modulates it beautifully, and his singing is very soulful.

Go listen to BQP and Vishal Vaid if you can. The latter can also be heard on many tracks he has recorded with Karsh Kale.

Jesse also include a link to a 2-minute Globesonic infomercial that is quite interesting. Here it is:

I had a look at that clip and at the end up popped some links to qawwali recordings on YouTube posted by various people (maybe this was an outcome of the upgrade that YouTube did to their site). I cruised through those and found that there are a ton of qawwali and song clips on YouTube. Many are of poor video quality and seem to have been recorded of the air from Pakistan Television broadcasts. Does anyone wonder what sort of copyright violations are taking place in uploading these clips? There isn’t a straightforward answer to this question. For viewers it is great to have this stuff available and it promotes both the arts and the artists, which is a valuable service. Many people who would not have otherwise heard of these musicians will now be aware of them. I hope that results in people buying CDs put out by these artists and thus return some benefit to the performers. If so, the intent of copyright regulations would have been preserved even if the letter has been violated.

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