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Shahzad Ismaily with Julia Úlehla

Jun 24, 2024
  • Julia Úlehla
  • Shahzad Ismaily



3:00 - 4:30 p.m.


Grand Luxe Hall, Western Front


Free, no registration required



As part of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, join us for a discussion with the Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily moderated by the vocalist, composer, and ethnomusicologist Julia Úlehla.

A solarized black and white photo of Shahzad Ismaily wearing sunglasses, while looking over his right shoulder and raising his left had to his ear.

About the Artists

Shahzad Ismaily is a musician, composer, and sound engineer based in Brooklyn, United States. Born to Pakistani immigrant parents, he grew up in a wholly bicultural household. Exploring improvisation, tonal shifts. and rhythmic movement, Ismaily’s work incorporates electric bass, drums, percussion, guitar, synthesizers, and all manner of sound-makers procured in life’s travels. He is the founder of Figure 8 Recording.

Julia Úlehla is a vocalist, composer, and ethnomusicologist based in Vancouver, Canada. Having worked across avant-garde and new music contexts, Úlehla’s research focuses on traditional song from Slovácko, Czech Republic through a combination of ethnography, archival research, structural analysis, and the physical embodiment of song.


The Grand Luxe Hall is located on the second floor of Western Front, which is accessed by a flight of 26 stairs. While plans for a full building upgrade to facilitate access for wheelchair users are still underway, all events in the Grand Luxe Hall are made available virtually via high-quality livestream (see link above). Further details about accessibility at Western Front can be found here.


Presented in partnership with Coastal Jazz and the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation at the University of British Columbia with support from the Government of Canada and SOCAN Foundation.

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.