Projects

POLAND-PAKISTAN, MUSIC WITHOUT BORDERS

Poland – Pakistan, Music Without Borders – is a fusion-based project in collaboration with the Polish Embassy connecting accomplished musicians from Poland and Pakistan to produce a series of collaborative concerts and studio recordings in Islamabad. So far the program has featured the following artists:


  • Karolina Cicha – Poland

  • Bart Palyga – Poland

  • Mateusz Szemraj – Poland

  • Andrzej Kijanowsky – Poland

  • Shafqat Ali Khan – Pakistan


  • Kashif Ali Dani – Pakistan

  • Zohaib Hasan – Pakistan

  • Haroon Leo – Pakistan

  • Anb Jogi – Pakistan

  • Jaan Ali Khan – Pakistan


Each project culminates in a CD produced by FACE in collaboration with the Embassy of Poland in Pakistan.


FACE SHOWCASE AT SXSW


The “Pakistan Showcase” at SXSW initially started as a two-year project funded through a U.S. Department of State grant for 2015 and 2016. The project, which featured 10 music acts from all the regions of Pakistan, achieved tremendous success through broad outreach and had deep impact on U.S. communities.


FACE’s program received positive coverage by major American media outlets including Billboard, NPR, The New York Times, and The Global Voices; and the Mayor of Austin, Steve Adler, acknowledged these efforts by proclaiming March 14th 2016 as “Music of Pakistan” day.


HDI FILMMAKERS WORKSHOP

The aim of this creative workshop set up by the Humpty Dumpty Institute New York and FACE, in collaboration with the US Embassy Islamabad, is to provide mentorship, advanced training and mentorship to emerging filmmakers from Pakistan.


Each project culminates in a CD produced by FACE in collaboration with the Embassy of Poland in Pakistan.


Indus Blues - Documentary


Research and documentation culminating in a full-length documentary film and social media campaign to promote the livelihoods of artists and craftsmen of endangered music instruments of Pakistan.


USAID

Disclaimer

This documentary, “The Endangered Sounds of Pakistan” is made possible by the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the sole responsibility of FACE, Foundation for Arts Culture and Education and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.



Anti-Fraud Hotline

USAID/Pakistan has, in cooperation with the USAID Office of Inspector General, established the Anti-Fraud Hotline to provide an avenue for the reporting of fraud, waste, and abuse which may be associated with USAID funded projects in Pakistan. Complaints are handled with complete confidentiality and individuals are encouraged to report when corruption, fraud, waste or abuse may exist in the USAID/Pakistan projects. Reports can be filed anonymously via the easy-to-use Hotline (toll free number 0800 84700); e-mail at complaints@anti-fraudhotline.com; fax at 021-35390410; postal address at 5-C, 2nd Floor Khayban-e-Ittehad, Phase VII, DHA, Karachi, Pakistan; and on the website www.anti-fraudhotline.comwww.anti-fraudhotline.com.



Qawalistan - Qawali Rock Band


Qawalistan is a project of FACE that brings a blend of traditional Qawali and Western Rock ‘n’ Roll music. This ecstatic fusion of East and West together underscores harmony and peace for humanity. Qawalistan’s repertoire includes century-old traditional Qawali and contemporary Western Rock, bringing an unmatched and eclectic fusion from the current times.


Qawalistan believes in making friendships through music. Capitalizing on the power of Qawali with Sufi lyrics and its enchanting fusion with World Music, the band aspires to spread peace and inculcate harmony to enable more tolerant societies. Qawalistan’s compositions are celebratory and its performances are interactive and electrifying. The band connects with artists from around the world with the goal to investigate and share how well music connects hearts, mends relationships, and bring citizens, cultures, civilizations together.


The band’s Qawali influence is derived from the world’s renowned Qawali Maestro Aziz Mian and his son Imran Aziz, lead vocalist for the band. Additionally, its music ascribes to underscore the diversity of South Asian Qawali through compositions from great Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Sabri bothers and several other maestros that are well-known and celebrated worldwide.


The Rock section of Qawalistan’s music draws influences from Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Jeff Back. While Guitars and Drums serve as the backbone of its astoundingly rocking musical sets, Qawalistan incorporates chord progressions and original Guitar-riffs in its songs. Its musical arrangements have Rock and Jazz-styled fusion of Drums blended with Eastern percussion Dholak and Tabla that fuels its power pack performances. The Bass Guitar lays out overall tempo, feed the Harmonium and Vocal sections, and also put-forth mesmerizing improvisations with the Vocalists and robust Qawali Clappers for starting, ending and the sum notes. Qawalistan’s melodies reflect authentic Qawali traditions of the East encased in Classical ragas, while the overall musical arrangement has an up-beat Rock countenance to it.


Qawalistan’s repertoire includes Hamd, Naat, Qawl, Manqabat, Ghazal, Kafi and Instrumental music. The Instrumental numbers have separate Eastern Classical and Western Rock sections that incorporate rich and heavy jamming of Lead and Bass Guitars with Drums and Percussion.


Each project culminates in a CD produced by FACE in collaboration with the Embassy of Poland in Pakistan.


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