On the occasion of 70th anniversary of German-Pakistan friendship, Goethe-Institut Pakistan in collaboration with the Consulate General of Germany in Karachi presented a "Live Fusion Concert by Ustad Ashraf Sharif Khan & his German Friends'' on 7th November 2021.
Ashraf Sharif Khan (Sitar player)
Ashraf Sharif Khan was born in 1969 in Lahore, Pakistan, the son of the renowned sitar master Ustad Muhammad Sharif Khan Poonchwala. Like his father and grandfather, Ashraf Sharif Khan belongs to the illustrious Poonch Gharana School of traditional sitar. Ashraf’s music combines an astonishing technical proficiency with perfection in musical expression. The melodic beauty of his style, accentuated by his dynamic rhythmic development and the virtuoso technique, produce a unique musical experience, equally appreciable to novices and connoisseurs of South Asian music. His music transcends regional boundaries, and is accessible to all.
Janosch Pangritz (drums)
Janosch Pangritz studied jazz drums and at the "Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts Southern Denmark". Several study trips took him to India and New York, among others, where he received further inspiration for his drumming and was able to refine his technique more and more. In 2012 he won first prize at the European Jazz Contest in Rome. The Polish Jazz Press wrote about the album "Live in Torun" by his band Jazzpocalypse: "I am especially impressed by Pangritz whose play is very individual and additionally, he composed or co-composed three pieces out of four on this album." Festival appearances brought him to various European countries.
Patrycjusz Baumann (keyboard)
Patrycjusz Baumann received classical piano lessons as a child. In 2014 he was artist in residence at the renowned “International Music Festival Goslar”. His concert activities have taken him to various countries in Europe, Japan, Ghana and China. He is a prizewinner of the “Andrej Dumortier International Piano Competition” in Belgium and a scholarship from the “Yenuhin Menuhin - live music now” foundation. Patrycjusz Baumann studied with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and Alfredo Perl. He currently lives and works in Hamburg.