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Fareed Haque Biography
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Fareed Haque is a modern guitar virtuoso who could be seen as a featured soloist with The Chicago Philharmonic, performing on the main stage at a major jam band festival or at an intimate jazz club… possibly all in the same 3-day weekend. With such a broad range of venues for his unique musical vision, Fareed’s singular sound has been sought out for touring and recording engagements by an expectedly broad assortment of artists, including Sting, The Vermeer Quartet, Cassandra Wilson, Joe Zawinul, Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, Dianne Reeves, Herbie Mann, Zakir Hussain, Joe Henderson, Joe Lovano, Paul Motian and countless others. As diversity and variety is a hallmark of Haque’s career, it is fitting that his various accolades are equally all over the map: ‘Most Valuable Player’ (2002, High Sierra Music Festival); Independent Music Award (2007, for Garaj Mahal); ‘Best World Guitarist’ (2009, Guitar Player Magazine); #1 on the World Jazz Radio charts (twice, with 2009′s acclaimed Flat Earth Ensemble’s release Flat Planet) and– in one of the greatest honors (and challenges) in a lifetime dedicated to music, Fareed recently performed both the Aranjuez and Villa-Lobos guitar concertos (in one concert) with The Chicago Philharmonic, under the baton of Lucia Matos at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
In his latest musical venture, MathGames, Fareed indulges his interest in jazz, funk, rock and groove, fusing genres, tempos, melodies and abnormal beats with stellar technique in a rich context of spontaneity and improvisation. With band mates Alex Austin (bass), Greg Fundis (drums) and keyboardist Jesse Clayton—as well as special guests at most performances—MathGames “…submerges you in a futuristic groove… transforms light into sound and takes everyone in the crowd deep into space,” says the unassuming Northern Illinois University Professor of Jazz and Classical Guitar. Fareed’s interest in reshaping the tone and even the attack of the guitar and it’s place in the auditory palette is not new: he has played a hybrid sitar-guitar for decades, and he was instrumental in Moog, Inc.’s promotion of their Moog Guitar on Garaj Mahal’s album Discovery (2010). It was shortly after this recording that Fareed departed the jam super-group he had founded with Kai Eckhardt (bass), Eric Levy (keyboards) and Alan Hertz (drums) and got to work on jazz and classical musical projects that had been percolating for years. MathGames—fueled by Fareed’s Moog Guitar—is a band based in many ways on the musical freedom of Garaj Mahal and the Fareed Haque Group, but updated to allow him to continue to push the boundaries of his instrument.
Fareed Haque Trio, The Flat Earth Ensemble & Fareed Haque Featured Appearances
When he is not teaching or touring with MathGames, Fareed can often be found performing regionally through the Midwest with his trio, which generally includes the rhythm section of Fundis and Austin from MathGames—often accompanied by local guest artists. He also performs with his Indian / World music group—the critically acclaimed Flat Earth Ensemble—when its Indian members are stateside, and he is the featured soloist for classical and world music performances worldwide. Recent notable events include performing (and assistant directing) the first Jazz Festival En La Patagonia (Frutillar, Chile) under his old mentor and friend Paquito D’Rivera, and appearances with his own groups at JavaJazz (Indonesia), Sophia Jazz Fest (Bulgaria), The Chicago Jazz Jestival, The Twents Guitar Festival, The Indy Jazz Fest, Coleman Hawkins Jazz Fest and many others. When not touring and record, Fareed spends time documenting his unique and often unorthodox teaching methods in a series of interactive instructional video courses through TrueFire.
In 2001 Haque’s interest in jam bands and the jam scene led him to co-found the jam super-group Garaj Mahal with bassist Kai Eckhardt (John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham, Vital Information), drummer Alan Hertz (KVHW) and his former student Eric Levy (keyboards). Over 11 years, the band recorded eight albums (three live and five studio) and toured extensively throughout North America. Garaj Mahal charted a path from the crumbling ghetto of the “jazz fusion” world into the welcome arms of the burgeoning “jam band” community and left an indelible mark on the music world. There is currently discussion of Garaj Mahal reunion dates for North American festivals.