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CD Release - Shades of Bhairavi

Music, like life, is rarely black and white. Like a well-woven tapestry, or a master painting, it swirls with shades of color. Bhairavi, in its various shades, is one of the most beloved and embraced scales in Indian Classical Music.

It is a rare treat, however, to encounter a full performance of its subtleties as it is usually the final piece played in a concert, generally in the form of a dhun. Enjoy this CD as Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan explores the subtleties of Shudh Bhairavi, Bhairavi and Sindhi Bhairavi, taking you on a musical journey that is a rare treat indeed.

In concert, Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan with tabla accompaniment by Shri Hindole Majumdar. Photo courtesy of Shri Hindole Majumdar

In concert, Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan with tabla accompaniment by Shri Hindole Majumdar. Photo courtesy of Shri Hindole Majumdar

Ustadji weaves this gorgeous raga through all its forms, exploring not only the various melodic aspects that make this raga a favorite among music lovers, but also the deft artistry of both Gayaki (vocal) and Tantrakari (instrumental) styles of sitar.

Ustadji’s mastery, and indeed, his oneness with the sitar is on display here as he takes us from lilting meends to powerful gamaks, capped by a wonderful drut gat that provides a glimpse of the staccato stroke, blistering speed, and crystal clarity that is Ustadji’s signature trademark, coming from decades of practice and generations of musical wisdom.

Regardless of how many times you may have heard this raga, you’ve never heard it like this! With a richness of color rarely seen, Shades of Bhairavi is a treat for any music lover!

Shades of Bhairavi is now available on CD through Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan's SPK Academy Store

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Sitar Concerto with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra

When I was first approached to compose a sitar concerto for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, I was incredibly honored and appreciated the challenge. After all, the last person requested to create such an elaborate composition was the legendary Pandit Ravi Shankar. 

Having navigated through this musical adventure, I would like to share a few of my thoughts and motivations with you.

This sitar concerto represents a marriage of two high arts with deeply rooted traditions.  In composing this piece, I have taken great care to ensure that it will not only be about Indian music, but a harmonious representation of both cultures and musical traditions. 

Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan in concert.  Photo courtesy of Mumbai Beats

Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan in concert.  Photo courtesy of Mumbai Beats

It was my aim in writing this piece to transcend beyond the form of a concerto expressed through the language of Raag (Hindustani melodic structure), and place the utmost importance on musicality above all else.  For instance, the concerto is based on a 13 beat time cycle which is rhythmically quite complex for the performer. However, my hope is that the listener will find it natural and easy on the ears because the musicality of the composition reigns supreme.

It is my hope that the listener will inwardly feel the eastern elements while outwardly hearing the western.  The listener will hear call and response, a dialogue between the orchestra and myself.  In Hindi, we refer to this as 'Sawwal Jawwab' (question and answer).  This is a wonderful example of how some musical elements are truly universal.

Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO), Brisbane.  Photo courtesy of QSO

Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO), Brisbane.  Photo courtesy of QSO


This has been a very special project for me and one for which I have put forth my most sincere effort.  It is my privilege and pleasure to have shared this composition with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

I hope all my fans will enjoy it.

Shahid Parvez Khan

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Spring Forward - A new season, a fresh perspective


muddat hui hai yaar ko mehmaan kiye hue
josh-e-qadah se bazm chiraghan kiye hue
Ages have passed since my beloved was my guest
And our gathering was lit up with the passion of the wine glass

- Ghalib 

This verse echoes our sentiments as a tired old winter finally loosens it's grip. It seems like spring may finally be here.  For fans, the season also brings a brand new home for Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan on the web.

The site is a fresh take on Ustadji's musical aesthetic - refined but natural, dramatic yet subtle, turbulent but peaceful. The resulting design by the wonderfully creative StudioLXR threads these antagonistic themes together to create a sense of flow and connectedness. Welcome to the new shahidparvezkhan.com!


Ustadji's Spring 2015 US tour is already underway and you can keep track of his concerts on this site and via bandsintown
The SPK Academy and it's students are practicing hard as music camps are just around the corner. 


Spring is finally here! 

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