Artists Space

Shahzad Ismaily

Performance
11 Cortlandt Alley and online
Wednesday, December 15
6:30pm

Photograph of three musicians in a room with a red carpet. The figure on the left is playing an upright bass, the center figure is seated behind a drum set, and the figure on the left holds a guitar with their back turned to the camera.
Milford Graves with William Parker and Shahzad Ismaily. Performance documentation, October 15, 2017, The Artists Institute, New York. Image courtesy The Artists Institute. [Photograph of three musicians in a room with a red carpet. The figure on the left is playing an upright bass, the center figure is seated behind a drum set, and the figure on the left holds a guitar with their back turned to the camera.]

Shahzad Ismaily was born in the United States to Pakistani parents who emigrated here just before his birth. Growing up in a bicultural household, he has always followed a multitude of paths and perusals. Primarily self-taught as a musician, composer, recording engineer, and producer, Ismaily plays electric bass, drums, percussion, guitar, synthesizers, and all manner of sound-makers procured in life’s travels. Ismaily has recorded and performed with a diverse crew of artMakers, Yoko Ono, Laurie Anderson, Beth Orton, Colin Stetson, Ben Frost, Bonnie Prince Billy, Damien Rice, Jolie Holland, JFDR, Secret Chiefs 3, Sam Amidon, further and further. He has been an integral member of experiences such as the People Festival (the brainchild of Bon Iver, The National, and the Michelberger), the Eau Claires festival, the Moers Festival. He has done work for dance and theater pieces, such as the film Frozen River (Oscar-nominated and Sundance award-winning), Inkboat (a butoh crew from California/Switzerland), and visual artist Laleh Khorramian. Currently based in Brooklyn and working out of the recording studio collective he founded and created, Figure 8 Recording, he has studied music extensively in Pakistan, India, Turkey, Mexico, Chile, Japan, Indonesia, Morocco, and Iceland.

In keeping with New York City health advisories and in the interest of the safety of our staff and visitors, we will require following:

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Lead Support for Milford Graves: Fundamental Frequency is provided by the Robert D. Bielecki Foundation. Core Support is provided by Corbett vs. Dempsey, Martin & Rebecca Eisenberg, and Joe & Nancy Walker.

Program support for Artists Space is provided by The Friends of Artists Space, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, The Cowles Charitable Trust, The Cy Twombly Foundation, The David Teiger Foundation, The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Imperfect Family Foundation, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, The Stavros Niarchos Foundation, The Willem de Kooning Foundation, The Danielson Foundation, The Fox Aarons Foundation, Herman Goldman Foundation, The Destina Foundation, The Luce Foundation, May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, VIA Art Fund, Arison Arts Foundation, The Chicago Community Fund, The David Rockefeller Fund, The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, The Jill and Peter Kraus Foundation, The Richard Pousette-Dart Foundation.