Moving easily between jazz and classical guitar, Guitar virtuoso Fareed haque has worked with prominent artists including Paquito D'rivera, Dave Holland, Sting, Joe Henderson, Joe Zawinul, Cassandra Wilson, Kurt Elling, Lester Bowie, Arturo Sandoval, medeski, Martin and Wood, Kahil el Zabar, Defunckt, Ramsey Lewis, Nigel Kennedy, Edgar Meyer, Robert Conant, Stephen Stubbs, Frank Bungarten, members of the Vermeer Quartet and many symphony orchestras in the U.S. and abroad. He has permformed all of the major guitar concertos, is an active transcriber of baroque as well as South American music and has had numerous modern works dedicated to him.
Fareed has released nine recordings as a leader: Voices Rising and Manresa on Sting's Pangaea label, and Sacred Addition, Opaque, and Deja Vu, on the prestigious Bluenote label, as well as Singh Song [Haven] and Cosmic Hug [Magnatude]. Haques latest, 'Flat Planet' is available on Owl Studios records.
Haque has been featured on WTTW's ArtBeat and Chicago Tonight, Ben Sidran's New visions, Michelob Presents Sunday Night with David Sanborn on NBC, his own Lonesome Pines special for PBS, and on BET cable jazz channel. Fareed has twice been selected Talent Deserving Wider Recognition in Downbeat magazine. In 1989, Fareed joined the faculty of Northern Illinois University, where he currently holds an associate professorship in jazz and classical guitar studies.
Born in 1963 to Pakistani father and Chilean mother, extensive travels, especially long stays in Spain, France, Iron, Pakistan, and Chile, exposed Haque to different musics from a very early age. this natural eclecticism has become the hallmark of Fareed's music. The 1981 Recipient of North Texas State University's Jazz Guitar Scholarship, Haque spent a year studying with renowned jazz guitarist and pedagogue Jack Peterson. Fareed's growing interest in the classical guitar led him to transfer to Northwestern University, where he completed his studies in classical guitar under David Buch, John Holmquest and Anne Waller.
In 2001 Fareed co-founded the jam super-group Garaj Mahal, joined George brooks' group Summit, featuring Zakir Hussein and Steve Smith and continues to record and tour with the Fareed Haque Group. More recently Fareed has become a staple of the 'Jamband' scene and was voted 'Most Valuable Player' at the 2002 High Sierra Music Festival. Garaj Mahal's latest Recording, 'Woot' is also released on the Owl Studios label.
In 2004, Fareed premiered his Lahara Double Concerto for Sitar/Guitar and Tabla with The Chicago Sinfonietta, under the baton of maestro Paul Freeman, featuring tabla virtuoso Ustad Zakir Hussoin, to whom the work is dedicated. In 2006 Fareed was commissioned to compose a classical guitar concerto for the Fulcrum Point Ensemble. His 'Gamelan Concerto' was premiered in May of '06 at The Harris theater in Millenium Park.
Haque continues to co-lead Garaj Mahal; the jam/jazz/world music group won an Independent Music Award in '07. Voted 'Best world Guitarist' by Guitar Player magazine 2009, Haque continues to tour and record extensively.
MathGames Professor Fareed Haque recently returned from interstellar pan dimensional time travel, and has brought with him his new jazztronica trio MathGames! to earth and its environs.
MathGames! is Fareed Haque on classical and Moog guitars, Alex Austin on upright and electric bass, Greg Fundis on drums and electronics, with Craig Pessolano, visualist.
Moog guitar enthusiasts will not want to miss MathGames!, as the new and innovative instrument is featured throughout.
MathGames! made its debut at Chicago's Mayne Stage theater in November of 2010. Watch the video below to see how this unique trio is transforming light and sound into a funktronica sweatbox. Combining the phenomenal skills of guitar master Fareed Haque with the wildly entertaining drumming of Greg Fundis, and the solid and sweet foundation supplied by Alex Austin, you get a MathGames! equation that will perplex but eventually satisfy your thirst for knowledge. Surprises are in store.
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