XJAZZ! FESTIVAL 2023 proudly presents Love in Exile (Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer, Shahzad Ismaily).
Love in Exile - a trio consisting of the members Arooj Aftab, Yijay Iyer, Shazad Ismaily, who found each other only recently and will take their listeners into a magical world. Due to the originality of each artist, the group likes to experiment and improvise, developing a very special sound - sometimes mysterious, but also shaped by a winged timbre.
Not long ago, singer and composer Arooj Aftab became the first Pakistani artist to win the Grammy Award for "Best Global Music Performance", impressing with her calm, touching voice and magnetic charisma. As a pianist, Vijay Iyer has received several honourable awards in recent years, making him one of the leading musicians of his generation. With great sensitivity in his fingers, he captivates the fans and draws every single one into his spell. Shahzad Ismaily, the most experimental member of the trio, has already collaborated with various cross-genre musicians. Through this experience and his outstanding talent as a multi-instrumentalist and composer, he adds a lot of variety and creativity to the music of the group. The individual skills of the three artists are in a powerful harmony, which gives listeners goosebumps in any case.
In spring 2023, the first album of Love in Exile will be released, with which the trio creates outstanding sounds of meditation and yearning. Listeners should feel understood, and will be accompanied by the music on their path of self-discovery. The goal of the project is to convey a feeling of freedom to their audience, with the intention of developing an own identity through love and music.