Riyaaz Qawwali performs the gripping music style called qawwali, or sufi music. They represent the diversity and plurality of South Asia. The ensemble’s musicians, who are settled in the United States, hail from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh and represent multiple religious and spiritual backgrounds. Trained in eastern and western classical music, the members have been professionally performing qawwali for the past twelve years. With conservative growth and heightened attention to quality, Riyaaz Qawwali has performed across the continental U.S., in Panama and debuted in Europe in 2017.
Riyaaz Qawwali’s mission is to expose qawwali to new audiences, while still paying homage to traditional qawwali that has been in existence for 700+ years. The ensemble wants to expand the reach of the genre to new stages and people of other faiths and traditions.
It was phenomenal to have Riyaaz Qawwali perform at our annual gala. Heart touching voices that everyone enjoyed. Tons of love and appreciation from the core of my heart.
No qawwali concert I have ever attended hit my core as much as Riyaaz Qawwali at our national convention. We are pitching their performances to our regional events now.
Riyaaz Qawwali] far exceeded my expectations and engaged my audiences like none other professional artists. I have gotten so much great feedback from the back to back shows.
…when they started to sing Sufiana Qawwalis it was over whelming. Their devotional renderings brought cheers and applause. If they are performing in your town, don’t miss it!
Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.
When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.
The most exciting rhythms seem unexpected and complex, the most beautiful melodies simple and inevitable.
A New York Concert for the Riyaaz Books, this was a truly momentous concert for Riyaaz.
Integral to our mission is performing at new places and sharing qawwali with new audiences.
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