Amir Khan's latest single "When Red Roses Bloom" is scheduled to be released on September 4, 2020

When Red Roses Bloom: Song That Brings Sufi-Inspired Music and Poetry to The Front

An exciting fusion of electronic and asian folk music that brings back our attention to Sufi-music.

This English-version is based on a traditional Sindhi (Pakistani) Sufi folk song originally sung by a famous 'fakir'. The melody and poetry are both haunting and beautiful. This song has a complete new interpretation on instrumentation, arrangement and performance. For example, the folk song is sung by one voice with a single stringed instrument, this interpretation is sung by an aspiring soprano Anastasia Malliaras and has very detailed and expanded instrumentation. The song tells the tale of distant lovers longing to meet at least “when the tears will move down the cheeks like pearls, then we will meet”. This song is based on and inspired by Sufi poetry and Sufi music. If you've ever heard of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (Peter Gabriel/Deadman Walking), then you may be familiar with his style of singing and poetry.

Beijing Twilight in Hong Kong

Not quite How I Imagined it!

So according to my latest ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) statement my composition 'Beijing Twilight' received performance and TV placement royalties in Hong Kong. This means my track was used in a TV show and the program was broadcasted in Hong Kong. The performance period reported is between January 1 - Jun 30, 2019. While I am very grateful for the placement, I had actually imagined this song to be one day played in a dance club in Beijing! Maybe someone will hear it played in a club in Beijing and send me a video clip, now that would be awesome!

Sub Pack

Silk Road

About 3 years ago, I was researching and making therapeutic music. When folks at SubPac heard what I was doing, they commissioned a special music work from me that utilized amazing capabilities of SubPac. The result was "Silk Road", a SubPac optimized track that is featured on SubPac's "feel it" campaign website. You can download this track for free via the link below.

Stories

Grundig and Cornet  

I often wonder if I never walked into school band room in grade 6, would I ever become a musician and develop love of music like I do today? The school brass band was auditioning for new students. I had no idea what to expect but I signed up. But, hold one. Music was always around me and so yeah there was a spark of music in me before I walked into the band room. I remember playing pop, rock, jazz and classical 33 1/3 records in my home on our old Grundig record player.

I actually found the photo of exact Grundig record player (I remember they were referred to as radiogram) we had in our home. It had amazing sound, and we had a pretty good variety of music on 33 1/3s, 45s and even some 78s (you old folks will know what I am talking about). Obviously this was way before sound compressed media, and so I grew up listening to a variety of music in full resolution.

Ear training is very important, specially if you are being trained as a musician. As a musician and music educator, I tell parents all the time to expose their children to a variety of music in best music production system as possible.

By the way, I joined the band as a cornet player. I stayed in the band till grade 10 when I graduated from that school. I owe my solid musical fundamentals from the years in school brass band. I was also exposed to variety of instruments in the band that included brass instruments and woodwinds. This later helped me compose music by writing for different instruments with better phrasing and improved understanding of voicing.

Amir Khan's New Single Releasing September 4, 2020

What do you get when you take a beautiful folk song craft it with a strong soprano voice, modern instrumentation and arrangement? You get “When Red Roses Bloom”.

This English-version is based on a traditional Sindhi (Pakistani) Sufi folk song originally sung by a famous 'fakir'. The melody and poetry are both haunting and beautiful. This song has a complete new interpretation on instrumentation, arrangement and performance. For example, the folk song is sung by one voice with a single stringed instrument, this interpretation is sung by an aspiring soprano Anastasia Malliaras and
has very detailed and expanded instrumentation.
The song tells the tale of distant lovers longing to meet at least “when the tears will move down the cheeks like pearls, then we will meet” This song is based on and inspired by Sufi poetry and Sufi music. If you've ever heard of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (Peter Gabriel/Deadman Walking), then you may be familiar
with his style of singing and poetry.