02.14.12BQP awarded Globalfest Touring Grant
Globalfest is an annual concert put on at Webster Hall in NYC that features the hottest up-and-coming world music groups including BQP in 2009. They have recently begun a touring fund to help large world music groups like BQP cover their touring cost. We applied and received the grant and will be putting it toward the upcoming shows in upstate NY. Thanks Globalfest!
10.20.11Gibson Guitar India Interviews BQP
04.12.11Music Review: Brooklyn Qawwali Party
Check out this new review of BQP...
02.16.11Wall Street Journal - Finding a Rhythm in the Space Between Styles - by Martin Johnson
Built on a foundation of hand claps, tablas, harmonium riffs and urgent, husky harmonies, the Sufi devotional music of the Pakistani Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (1948-97) was captivating, his high tenor swirling above the appealing rhythms. In his lifetime, Mr. Khan collaborated with Peter Gabriel, Eddie Vedder and many others. Since his death, his music has been remixed for the dance floor or used in dance-company soundtracks. But the Park Slope-based percussionist Brook Martinez has found the most innovative adaptation of Mr. Khan's music yet: It's the repertoire for an 11-piece big band called the Brooklyn Qawwali Party.
Mr. Martinez, who is 33, formed the band in 2004, and it soon began playing monthly at Tea Lounge in Park Slope. Its following has since grown via gigs at Joe's Pub and globalFEST. On Saturday, the group will perform at Barbès.
"I was really impressed with how well they captured the spirit of the music," said Bill Bragin, director of public programming at Lincoln Center, who booked the band during his days as director of Joe's Pub. "It's not a dalliance. Brook has a lot of integrity and a real serious interest in this music."
During his freshman year at the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Martinez met Nate Chinen, now a music critic for the New York Times, who introduced him to key jazz recordings. The music of John Coltrane, in particular, resonated. "So much of what I heard was based in spiritual practice, not entertainment," Mr. Martinez said last week over tea at a wine bar in his neighborhood. "It interested me far more than pop music."
Then, to pursue his interest in music, the percussionist from Ambler, Pa., transferred to New York University in 1998 and took a part-time job at the Manhattan-based World Music Institute, a leading presenter of traditional dance and music. At NYU, he fell in with a crowd playing free jazz, but he began to grow dissatisfied with the music. "It was exciting to play," he said, "but I felt it wasn't connecting with the audience."
The World Music Institute had been one of the main presenters of Mr. Khan's concerts in New York, and its library of discs provided Mr. Martinez with access to a formidable catalog of the Pakistani artist's work. Mr. Martinez made mixtapes and gave them to his musician friends. They were so enthusiastically received and circulated that sometimes the tapes found their way back to him, sent his way by people unaware he'd put them together.
After several years of enthusiastic study of Asian music and culture, Mr. Martinez began thinking about merging his Eastern and Western musical interests. "I related so well to Khan's music," he said. "There was a lot of call and response, improvisation and simple melodies." He structured his band to parallel a traditional Qawwali combo—with horns to mirror the voices, percussion, harmonium—and then added his own twist: bass and guitar.
Kris Davis, a pianist and composer who plays harmonium in the band, said she was attracted by the tightly structured spontaneity within the music. "The improvisations are shorter," she said via email. "They are little interjections in between a repeating melody, and those sections get passed around many times within the group."
The Brooklyn Qawwali Party has released one self-titled recording on its own label, and its four tunes ably capture the urgent harmonies and intricate rhythms of Qawwali while incorporating new influences, most notably a snarling guitar riff to the classic "Mustt Mustt."
"We're a bit too world music for most jazz clubs and a little too jazz for some nonjazz clubs," said Mr. Martinez, citing a shortage of proper venues for the band.
In the Brooklyn Qawwali Party, Mr. Bragin sees a parallel to Antibalas, the Brooklyn-based Afrobeat ensemble that began as a tribute band focused on the music of Nigerian superstar Fela Anikulapo Kuti but has emerged with a sound all its own, as well as to Red Baraat, a Brooklyn band that blends northern Indian music with rhythm-and-blues brass playing.
"There's an edge, a versatility, and a sense of the hustle it takes to survive here in their music," he said. "It's all so distinctly New York."
—Mr. Johnson writes about jazz and popular music for the Journal.
12.10.10BQP in "Is America Part of the World?" Concert Series. Part III
***BQP + Nation Beat + Tall Tall Trees + DJ Turmix***
"Is America Part of the World?" Concert Series. Part III.
8 pm - doors
622 Degraw Street
between 3rd and 4th Avenue
"Brooklyn's new Global Music series" (National Geographic) continues with its third installment on Friday, December 10. After two successful concerts at the Bell House and the BKLYN Yard we move to another Brooklyn hotspot, Littefield for Is America part of the World? Part III. In the past year, the series hosted such venerable artists as Forró in the Dark, Rupa & The April Fishes, Red Baraat and DJ Nickodemus. This time on we have Nation Beat, Brooklyn Qawwali Party, Tall Tall Trees and NY mixocologist DJ Turmix on the bill for another eclectic night of dance, beats and sounds of the East, West, North & South.
More Info at http://www.littlefieldnyc.com/event/20767
$10 adv tickets available at http://www.ticketfly.com, $13 at the door
21+ w/ ID
Click here for link to facebook event page.
11.20.09BQP to be featured by Columbia University Muslim Association
Columbia University is hosting its annual Eid Al Adha dinner on Monday November 23rd from 7-9pm, officially titled "The Sights and Sounds of Muslims: Unity through Diversity". They will be showcasing the cultural diversity of Muslims and will feature BQP.
08.18.09Pics from Lincoln Center Festival Posted!
Check 'em out! We had a great time and were thankful that the rain didn't pour down on the 2500 in attendance!
06.08.09"Faith, Music & Culture" CBS Documentary (with BQP) showtime listing
Find your local time to watch below!
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06.08.09New Pics posted of BQP at Brooklyn Museum First Saturday!
Click above on "pics" to check out the new gallery section featuring photographs of BQP at our performance at Brooklyn Museum First Saturday taken by BQP fan Keerthik Sasidharan. Thanks to all those who made it a great night!
05.18.09BQP declared "Band of the Week" in BRM, Beyond Race Magazine
Check out a great review of BQP in BRM at link below...
05.13.09CBS press release for "FAITH, MUSIC AND CULTURE", an interfaith religion special to air June 7th, featuring BQP!
FAITH, MUSIC AND CULTURE, an interfaith religion special, will air in NY Sunday, June 14th at 1 pm on CBS. Will be broadcast nationally, but double-check your local listings outside of NYC. Click here for full CBS release. Other announcements include: Baltimore Sun, United Press International, and Christian Research Network.
05.11.09BQP to perform at Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival August 12th!
BQP is excited to announce that we will be performing on the Damrosch Park Bandshell as part of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors, August 12th. We will be sharing the stage with Susheela Raman and her latest artistic endeavor, OuterIndia. All Out of Doors Concerts are FREE, so come join us in the great out (of) doors!
04.28.09CBS TV special on religion and music to feature BQP!
CBS has asked to interview and video BQP for a CBS a 30-minute special on religion and music in modern day society. The documentary will air in NY Sunday, June 14th at 1 pm on CBS. Will be broadcast nationally on WCBS local stations, but double-check your local listings outside of NYC. They will be videoing BQP's show at the Tea Lounge (5/1).
Don't miss it!
02.11.09BQP featured in premier World Music Magazine: Songlines - 10th Anniversary Issue! March 2009
We're excited to have been featured in Songlines 10th anniversary magazine under the "Making Waves: Who's Riding the Crest" section. Here's what they said:
"Lahore… Delhi… Brooklyn? Well, maybe Kings County, New York State, will never be
an epicentre of traditional Sufi music, but Brooklyn Qawwali Party are reshaping the
centuries-old sounds of South Asia in their own jazz improvisation image.
Founder Brook Martinez and his band had only their shared love of the legendary
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan to go on when the group came together in 2004. “We kind of learned the structure of the songs by transcribing,” says Martinez. The group cheerfully admits little to no knowledge of the languages, religious meaning, or stylistic underpinnings of traditional qawwali. But no matter: they ride atop the crashing waves of each song in a funked-out musical ecstasy of their own. A typical BQP set includes some of the master’s best-known songs like ‘Mustt Mustt’ and ‘Allah Hoo’, with the songs’ refrains shouted out joyously over some thickly textured brass. Their DIY spirit has found some serious support in NYC and across the wider world as well; a collaboration with Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali – a group featuring two of Nusrat’s nephews – is reportedly on the way soon." ~Anastasia Tsioulcas
01.22.09BQP on NPR's "All Songs Considered"!!
Click here to listen to a nice review of BQP's performance at Globalfest '09 on NPR's "All Songs Considered". I will also post the clip in the "radio" section of this website.
01.18.09Listen to BQP Globalfest '09 performance posted on NPR's WNYC!
Click here to listen to BQP's performance at Globalfest '09!
01.14.09Brooklyn Qawwali Party at GlobalFEST
As if New York isn’t culturally overloaded enough. Every year, when the conference sponsored by APAP - the Association of Performing Arts Presenters - hits New York, the senses of industry music professionals are bludgeoned by the world’s finest talent. Throughout the conference’s fanfare, there are two music events where critics line-up for in great anticipation - GlobalFEST, curated by Bill Bragin, and, Winter Jazz Fest, booked by Brice Rosenbloom. Click here to read the NY Times review of Winter Jazz Fest, which I unfortunately missed. There were two acts at GlobalFEST that caught my ear: The Brooklyn Qawwali Party and The Hot 8 Brass Band, which, in case you missed, is slated to perform in Queens College at the Kupferberg Center, February 14th. I was struck most by The Brooklyn Qawwali Party, a ten-piece orchestra, primarily comprised of jazz-trained musicians. They are devoted to the music of Pakistani Sufi legend Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. After hearing the group, I can’t help but be reminded of Antibalas, another large jazz instrumental group that famously focuses its repertory on another overseas legend, Fela Kuti. The Brooklyn Qawwali Party would seem to be a perfect match for U.S. State Department’s American Musicians Abroad program, where artists spread diplomacy and understanding through the common language of music. Can you imagine what Pakistanis would think of this Sufi-jazz group from Brooklyn? - Simon Rentner
09.14.08Listen to BQP's WFMU radio broadcast from 9/13...
Click here to link to WFMU's archive of our Sept 13th performance on Transpacific Sound Paradise. Then click on your listening format under the "Hear this show now" options. Finally, fast-forward to the last 34 minutes of the show (2:27:35 sec into the show). Enjoy!
We had a great time that night, and the other two sets were fantastic as well thanks to a great audience
09.09.08BQP Celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the birth of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan at Joe's Pub!
Sixty years ago from this October, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was born into this world and brought with him a musical legacy beyond his own years. This show will honor the 60th anniversary of Nusrat's birth in October, 1948.
We are also honored to be a part of Joe's Pub's 10th Anniversary Celebration, celebrating 10 years of presenting great music. A Double Celebration!
Wed. Oct 8th. 2008
9:30 pm - one set
click "launch related site" to link to tix page.
09.08.08BQP to be broadcast on DAWN: Pakistan's most widely circulated English language newspaper/tv
A special news story on BQP will be broadcast in Pakistan on the birthday of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, October 13, 2008. Please check dawn.com to tune into streaming video.
03.17.08BQP featured in the largest Indian Publication in the US!
We're very excited that Little India chose to do this feature on us! Check it out!
01.15.08Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali Group to Collaborate with BQP
BQP has been contacted by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's nephews/disciples to collaborate! Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali Group, from Pakistan, began recording for Peter Gabriel's label "Real World Records" in 1998. They have since recorded 3 records on that label and toured throughout the world. We are currently having initial discussion on a potential collaboration, as well as US and international touring. BQP has always desired to collaborate with true qawwali singers, so we are very pleased at this possibility. I will keep you posted. Please visit http://realworldrecords.com/rizwan/ for more info on RMQG.
01.14.08Brooklyn Museum to use BQP on film
Brooklyn Museum has asked BQP to use our recording of Mustt Mustt in an upcoming video project, directed by videographer Matt Wolf. Click link for more details.
12.25.07BQP picked as one of WNYC's BEST LIVE PERFORMANCES of 2007
BQP was featured on John Shaefer's Soundcheck, WNYC’s daily talk show about music, back in February 2007. Recently, WNYC declared BQP one of the best live performances of 2007. This program runs five days a week all year, so it is a special honor to be chosen among so many performers who came through. Please click this link to listen to our live performance, or to hear the entire original show, please click "radio" above.
08.10.07Listen to BQP's Brook Martinez interviewed on Chicago Public Radio: Radio M
Click here to hear BQP founder/musical director Brook Martinez interview on Chicago Public Radio.