'Love in Exile' – Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer and Shahzad Ismaily collaborate for a music album

Maheen Khawaja 05:21 PM | 16 Mar, 2023
'Love in Exile' – Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer and Shahzad Ismaily collaborate for a music album
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Vijay Iyer, a renowned jazz pianist based in New York, has expressed his enthusiasm for working with Pakistani-American singer Arooj Aftab on their upcoming collaborative album, "Love in Exile."

Aftab had announced the project on social media last month, which also involves synth player Shahzad Ismaily.

Aftab, who was born in Saudi Arabia, made history by winning the first-ever Grammy by a Pakistani artist in 2022 and was also recently awarded the prestigious Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Music.

According to Iyer, he has known Aftab for several years, and they have worked together several times in the past since around 2016. He explained that the album features Aftab's soulful singing, his own acoustic grand piano playing, and Ismaily's electric bass and synthesizer skills.

Iyer emphasized that the project is truly collaborative, with each member bringing their unique strengths to the table. He stated that "The three of us as human beings realized that we could create music together," adding to his excitement for the release of "Love in Exile."

Their upcoming collaborative album, "Love in Exile," which involves Iyer, Aftab, and Ismaily, is set to be launched on March 24. The album features six songs in total, with the first single, "To Remain/To Return," already released last month. Iyer expressed his satisfaction with the album, saying that "it magnifies something special. It takes its time to unfold." The album has a ritualistic quality, like a prayer, and is very still.

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Three musicians, all based in New York, performed together for the first time in June 2018. The jazz pianist Iyer, Pakistani-American singer Aftab, and synth player Ismaily instantly felt a sense of connection while performing together on stage.

Despite the pandemic, the trio continued to play several concerts together, realizing they had the potential to create something special together. Following the album's release, the trio will embark on a music tour across North America, the United Kingdom, and Europe. Iyer mentioned that the album is very collaborative, with each musician bringing their full self to the table, resulting in a shared understanding of what they can achieve together.

On the work front, Aftab secured the inaugural award for Best Global Music Performance with Mohabbat, along with her Best New Artist nomination in 2022.

Maheen Khawaja
Maheen Khawaja

The writer is a staff member.


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on June 6, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on June 06, 2023 (Tuesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 304.9 308.15
Euro EUR 322 325
UK Pound Sterling GBP 377 381
U.A.E Dirham AED 83.5 84.5
Saudi Riyal SAR 80.5 81.5
Australian Dollar AUD 202 204
Bahrain Dinar BHD 758.82 766.80
Canadian Dollar CAD 226 230
China Yuan CNY 40.28 40.68
Danish Krone DKK 41.03 41.43
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.4 36.75
Indian Rupee INR 3.46 3.57
Japanese Yen JPY 2 2.08
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 925.2 934.2
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 61.94 62.54
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.16 175.16
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.88 26.18
Omani Riyal OMR 742.38 750.38
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 78.38 79.08
Singapore Dollar SGD 220 222
Swedish Korona SEK 26.36 26.66
Swiss Franc CHF 313.87 316.37
Thai Bhat THB 8.21 8.36

Today's gold rates in Pakistan | gold price in Pakistan – June 6, 2023

Gold Rate In Pakistan Today:

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 228,900 on Tuesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs197,190.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs180,756 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 210,832.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

Gold Price in Pakistan: Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Karachi PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Islamabad PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Peshawar PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Quetta PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Sialkot PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Attock PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Gujranwala PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Jehlum PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Multan PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Bahawalpur PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Gujrat PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Nawabshah PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Chakwal PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Hyderabad PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Nowshehra PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Sargodha PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Faisalabad PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Mirpur PKR 228,900 PKR 2125


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