Aziz Ibrahim’s Desi GuitR live at the Foxlowe Art Centre

Foxlowe Art Centre

Aziz Ibrahim

12 Jun 2021 Leek, UK


Time : 7.00 pm
Venue : Foxlowe Art Centre
Address : Stockwell Street
Zip : ST13 6AD
Phone : 01538 386112
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The Foxlowe Art Centre is proud to present Manchester’s finest Desi Guitarist, Aziz Ibrahim. This is Aziz’s first visit to Foxlowe so we’re looking forward to an exciting guitar packed evening.

Saturday 12th June 7pm | £12

Guitarist & composer Dr Aziz Ibrahim (h.c.), founder of the ‘ Desi GuitR ’ & the ‘ Asian Blues ’ is currently an
experimental solo creative producer working in the Arts sector, lead guitar with the Pakistani band ‘Overload’
and the EDM collective ‘Fret Sector’ as well as still playing an active role in the mainstream music industry.
Ibrahim is known for his role & work as lead guitarist for Simply Red , The Stone Roses and several
internationally acclaimed bands and artists including Ian Brown, Paul Weller, Steven Wilson, Asia, Rebel MC
& Errol Brown (Hot Chocolate). Aziz has worked in many genres of music including recording or performing
with reggae artists Dennis Brown, Barrington Levi & Freddy McGregor.
His solo works include his acclaimed album telling the story of his family’s journey from Lahore To
Longsight ‘ , the EP ‘ Middle Road ‘ , and album ‘ Rusholme Rock with Tabla master Dalbir Singh Rattan’, all
showcasing his unique blend of progressive rock and Asian Blues.
Aziz also works outside the field of contemporary popular music having recently composed a South Asian
symphony for the Manchester Camerata Orchestra on a hugely successful project “Lahore to Longsight”
which sold out ‘Home Manchester’ Theatre 1.
A passionate supporter of music education initiatives, The British Council selected Aziz to tour and lecture
in Libya, Syria, Tunisia, Morocco, Jerusalem, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh for several years, performing
live and delivering lectures to young people and students from Universities and Colleges.
His expertise has also been featured in The BBC’s Introducing Musicians Masterclass series, also currently
serving as a member of ‘ Leaders In Residence ’, an advisor and mentor for University of Central
Lancashire ’s music program and as a member of the UCLan CCG (Creative Communities Group).
Ibrahim‘s commitment to ‘social responsibility’ includes guitar lessons and mentoring sessions for prisoners
in a reintegration program HMP Risley , providing Music Therapy for hospice patients at Keech and
mentoring young people for the Lancashire ‘ Hope Streets ’ initiative.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth recognised Ibrahim’s contributions to Great Britain’s economy, culture, and
the music industry in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in 2005 along with Brian May, Jeff Beck, the Bee
Gees & many others. He is also a recipient of the UK Jinnah award , for outstanding achievement in music
presented to him at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office .
After working closely with The University Of Salford 2018 Aziz Ibrahim was awarded ‘ Doctor of Arts ‘
honoris causa in recognition of his work in music, culture, equality and as a role model to many working class
young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
A recent commission from Manchester Histories has led to participation in the Peterloo performance of
2019 and also research into protest through fabrics. It culminated in an invitation by the Lancashire Textile
Biannual of 2019 to speak as a panel member at Blackburn Museum and an interview inclusion in their print.
Aziz also participates as a guest speaker and performer at the equality and diversity networks meetings
for the NHS in 2018 & 19 as part of Black History Month .
Ibrahim recently completed his third successful Arts Council England project. Developing that work further
to contribute to the UK’s understanding of the musical instruments of South Asia and the influence they have
on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation British South Asian creative practitioners and to contribute to the
conversation on how national museums, libraries and art galleries work with digital technologies and
contemporary artists from black and minority ethnic communities.

Currently Aziz is part of the South Asian Gallery collective working on co-curation for the launch of the South Asian Wing of Manchester Museum.
Working with Lancashire County Council’ s Heritage & Learning team as Musician in Residence on the Sound of Heritage project across Lancashire County for 2021-22. This is under my arts/culture/heritage/social work channel DesiGuitR. Ways of bringing music and musicians in to cultural spaces.
New single: Fla_MANC_o  due for release soon. Preview on social media.
Part of the Guitar Collective -south asian and diaspora guitar collective discussing guitar and supporting each other in releases.

Foxlowe Art Centre will host a night of live music and warm conversations on past and future activities from Aziz Ibrahim.
This will be a seated event with current Covid19 safety measures. Contact venue for further details.
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Aziz Ibrahim at the Foxlowe Art Centre

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