Concert by Shahzad Ismaily

Feb 26, 2019

Concert, Performance


Grand Luxe Hall, Western Front


7:00 p.m.


Shahzad Ismaily’s hour-long performance in the Grand Luxe Hall featured compositions for drums, acoustic and electric guitar, vocals, bass, and various percussion instruments. At the midpoint of his set, Ismaily invited the audience to join him in creating a gentle humming sound dedicated to loved ones who have passed away. This collective frequency resonated throughout the space and led into an improvisation on tambourine. To close the performance, Ismaily read excerpts from Ole Risom’s children’s book I Am a Bunny (1963) while playing electric guitar textured with distortion effects. 

Presented with the support of the Government of Canada and SOCAN Foundation. 

Video documentation of this event is available upon request.

Western Front is a non-profit
artist-run centre in Vancouver.

We acknowledge the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations as traditional owners of the land upon which Western Front stands.