[AT-luhs MAH-yor] 

Progressive Jazz meets world music

“Nazuk” is a composition that takes its lyrics from the 19th-century Punjabi Sufi poet Khawaja Farid of the Indian subcontinent. Farid, a prolific scholar and writer within multiple languages, belonged to the Chishti-Nizami Sufi order. The creation of “Nazuk” is informed by Ali Pervez Mehdi’s father, famous ghazal singer Ustad Pervez Mehdi, and the classical Sufi music and poetry form known as Kafi. “Nazuk” is sung in the language of Saraiki.

 There are two singles in this remarkable collaboration between Atlas Maior and Ali Pervez Mehdi - Nazuk and  Ya Ali

Calendar / Live Shows

Ziyrab's Lounge: featuring Joshua Thomson & Josh Peters from Atlas Maior

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Flamencura Music and Dance Studio, 8910 Research Blvd Ste D3, Austin, TX 78758 , Austin, TX

“In the house of lovers, the music never stops, the walls are made of songs & the floor dances" -Rumi

"Ziryab's Lounge" is a community-based, monthly event featuring all levels of performers and aficionados of global music and dance, primarily focused on arts from the Iberian Peninsula and eastwards, with occasional forays into Latin America and anywhere else we want to explore.

On May 15, in addition to flamenco by Olivia Chacon, Flamencura dancers, and music by Isai Chacon, we'll be exploring music and dance of the Middle East. We'll feature bellydance by Jamie Lynn Shelton and Allyssa Altahib, and music by Joshua Thomson and Josh Peters of Atlas Maior, as well as Kurdish folk dancing!

Bring your own beverage and snacks. Doors open at 7pm, music and dance start at 7:30pm. Suggested $10 donation at the door.

International Grooves with Ustad Nizami Qawwal, Atlas Maior, Sari Andoni & Joshua Thomson

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Kenny Dorham's Backyard, 1106 E 11th Street, Austin, TX

On Saturday May 28th at Kenny Dorham's Backyard (1106 East 11th) the #InternationalGrooves series is very proud to present the internationally acclaimed Ustad Nizami plus Austin’s own cultural ambassadors, Atlas Maior. Enjoy a PICNIC and some LIVE MUSIC OUTDOORS! BYOB and adult beverages! Several FOOD TRAILERS ON SITE! FAMILY-FRIENDLY and PET-FRIENDLY! Only $10 at the gate! Children 12 and under get in free to all events and FAMILY DISCOUNTS are provided. FREE PARKING!

6:30-8:30 Sufi Qawwali by Ustad Ghulam Farid Nizami, Faraz Nizami & Raviteja Nulu 9-10 Sari Andoni & Joshua Thomson 10-11 Atlas Maior

*Ustad Ghulam Farid Nizami, a 17th-generation musician and a descendant of Mian Tan Sen, court musician of 16th century Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great, is one of the foremost musicians of Pakistan. In 2008 Ustad Nizami came to the United States as a Fulbright Scholar to teach music at the University of Texas and in 2009, understanding that instruction is the key to protecting an ancient musical tradition that is being lost, Ustad Nizami founded the Nizami School of Music in Austin, Texas in 2009. be presenting their unique style of Sufi qawwali music accompanied by several of his students. Faraz Nizami will be the second qawwal on stage providing incredible vocals, Raviteja Nulu on Tabla, Mario Garza, Noah Colbeck and Guru Khalsa as supporting vocals.

WEBSITE: https://ustadnizamimusic.com/ FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/nizamischoolofmusic/ INSTAGRAM: https://instagram.com/nizamischoolofmusic?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= YOUTUBE: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCnsp_ShaQsoKhQz7C_ifmlg https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3vOcnhqIxw6941eUWlci-g REVERBNATION: https://www.reverbnation.com/ustadnizami/song/12085482-ambwa

*Atlas Maior creates original music that combines elements of Progressive Jazz, Middle Eastern, Latin American, and Indian music traditions. The group composes with a wide variety of rhythms and incorporates traditional instruments including the Indian tablas, Middle Eastern dumbek, & Peruvian cajón. Atlas Maior has toured internationally in France, Spain, and Turkey, and has received hometown recognition as 2019 Creative Ambassadors to the City of Austin. As an ensemble, Atlas Maior has released 5 studio albums.

Website https://atlasmaior.com/ Facebook https://m.facebook.com/atlasmaior/ Instagram https://instagram.com/atlasmaior?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= YouTube https://m.youtube.com/user/atlasmaiormusic

Joshua Thomson Facebook https://www.facebook.com/JoshuaChristianThomson/ SoundCloud https://m.soundcloud.com/joshua-thomson

*Kenny Dorham's Backyard was named after a legendary jazz trumpeter who once lived in the East Austin neighborhood. The 2-acre space is a unique and creative community space managed by Diverse Arts. http://diversearts.org/DiverseArtsHome See less