I was born in Pakistan and remained a self taught guitarist till I moved to the US when I was 16. I then graduated with a degree in Music Composition (and Mechanical Engineering), followed by a Masters degree in Classical guitar. I came back to Pakistan for a few years and had the chance to study Indian classical music under the guidance of Ustad Raees Khan. I discovered production music after moving back to the US in 2009 and have not looked back. I enjoy playing a lot of different instruments from various parts of the world and combining traditional with modern elements.
I am in awe of the power of sound and music, It is a mysterious force which I will never completely understand. I remain thankful that it is my way of life.
Master of Arts, Classical Guitar, Meadows Conservatory, Southern Methodist University, 1993
Bachelor of Arts, Music Theory and Composition, Loyola Marymount University, 1990
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Loyola Marymount University, 1990
Studied North Indian Classical music and slide guitar with Ustad Raees Khan, 2007-2008
Guitars: Classical guitar, steel string acoustic, dobro, lap slide, electric guitar, bass guitar, fretless bass
Other Stringed Instruments: Mandolin, ukulele
World Instruments: Indian slide guitar (Mohan Veena), Turkish Oud, Afghan rabab, Baglama Saz, tumbi
Percussion: Bendir and frame drums, riq, darbukas and djembes, bongos, conga, tabla, shakers, udu, tablatones