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EMERGING ARTIST SERIES: ZAYN MOHAMMED

2014-04-23
Showtime: 6:30PM
Doors Open at 6:00PM


RESERVING A TICKET FOR ZAYN MOHAMMED AT 6:30PM WILL GIVE YOU ACCESS TO STANLEY CLARKE'S FIRST SET AT 8:00PM


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EMERGING ARTIST SERIES: Zayn Mohammed Duo

The Blue Note Emerging Artist Series is designed to give young up and coming musicians the opportunity to perform at the Blue Note as an opening act for our jazz legends. The opening act performance will go from 6:30 - 7:30PM and will provide access to Stanley Clarke''s 8:00PM set at no additional cost.



Zayn Mohammed was born and raised in London, England and finished his latter schooling in Dubai, (United Arab Emirates) where his family relocated when he was 16. Upon discovering Flamenco guitar and his passion for music at the age of three, it’s clear that Zayn Mohammed has dedicated his life to his craft. Zayn played exclusively flamenco guitar up to 12 years of age, where the goal was to aspire to the Oud, to play Turkish and Arabic maqam music. A detour or change in direction occurred when Zayn discovered the music of his ‘uncle’, Pittsburgh-born Jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal. It was largely due to his Uncle Jamal’s music – the textural individuality, subtlety and sophistication, uniquely delicate, yet strong, bold sound that Zayn uncontrollably leant towards picking up the Jazz guitar. Unaware of the wild, artistic, very different musical journey this would lead him to embark on, he embraced the eclectic musical horizons it would guide him towards. After much experimenting, refining, and a huge number of musical curiosities and hungers, and after breaking the hearts of multiple classical music teachers(!), Zayn decided he would cultivate his music at Berklee college of Music, Boston. Since arriving at the renowned Music school in 2009, Zayn has expanded his musical palette even further and has honed in on his true musical voice, one that he had been searching for – In early 2012, Zayn became was accepted to and became an essential addition to the prestigious Berklee Global Jazz institute run by award winning pianist & composer, Danilo Perez. Here he was also instructed by many great musicians and teachers such as Wayne Shorter, Fred Hersch, Joe Lovano, Ben Street and John Patitucci amongst others. Zayn’s boundless musicality navigates through a myriad of instruments and musical-genres, with a particular penchant for World Music and Jazz/Jazz-Fusion. Zayn has been honored to play with or share the stage with Guitarist - Lee Ritenour, Soul and Gospel Singer - Oleta Adams, where he performed at the Beantown Jazz festival, Saxophonist - Wayne Shorter at the Berklee Performance Centre, French jazz singer - Anne Ducros, drummer for Marcus Miller - Louis Cato, Funk Organist - Cory Henry, Rnb Singer - Jesse Boykins, Hiphop act and Nephew to Whitney Houston - Gary Michael Houston, and many more. In the last decade, Zayn has caught up slightly with himself and managed still, whilst balancing his education, musical degree and administrative travels to teach him self his true passions, the Oud (Turkish Lute), and Sarod (plucked stringed instrument, one of the most important instruments in Indian classical music). In doing so, Zayn often treats his listener to fresh new tones and ideas by finding innovate, tasteful ways to incorporate the sounds of his cultures into the music he loves and aspires to. Zayn also plays drum kit and bass. He continues to push his musical boundaries and is well on his way to making his mark in the music world.

 

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