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Faraz Anwar: Abstract Point Of View

This may be a mistaken assumption, but one imagines that the yellow pages in Pakistan do not contain a huge selection of guitar teachers specializing in rock, metal, fusion and jazz. Apparently influenced by an early Malmsteen video, a young Faraz Anwar honed his craft from the Paul Gilbert tutorials – and has emerged as a guitar virtuoso with a standard of musicianship and classical sensibility that stands shoulder to shoulder with the Satriani / Vai / McAlpine / Johnson set. This is his debut album, essentially a solo project that was released in 2001 with zero acclaim, and has now been re-released by Lion records.

Abstract Point Of View is a complex body of all-instrumental guitar-driven neo-classical progressive metal / fusion, and Anwar’s self-confessed Holdsworth influences are abundantly clear. The style is more DiMeola than Satriani, more McLaughlin than Malmsteen. The jazz influences, the frequent lapses into symphonic rock and the relentlessly driving rhythm section conspire to form a challenging album that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

True, like most virtuosos, the music doesn’t sit well in the background. Concentrated listens will reward the discerning listener – there are very complex musical structures, there are melodious sections and there are intricate and lightning quick passages and the compositions are abstract, and despite all that complexity, there’s plenty of melody. But turn the volume down and divert your attention to other activities and it all sounds the same.

Track 5 “Last Summer” is a particularly melodic piece, and the final track of the 6 in this 46-minute album is a 10˝ minute progressive mini-epic called “Why?”, with more textures and variety than the rest of the CD. It kicks off with a synthesized hint of southern Asian sounds, and develops into a well textured piece with a wonderfully melodic piano presence and less of the guitar virtuoso approach.

This CD will be manna for the musical intellectual. Remember the name: All he needs to do is lose the drum machine, and Faraz Anwar has the potential to become the logical successor to Alan Holdsworth.

Track Listing:

  1. Through The Passage of Time: 12.44
  2. Maze: 4.53
  3. Prophet: 6.56
  4. Don't Ever Let Our Spirit Die: 5.30
  5. Last Summer: 4.46
  6. Why?: 10.28

Added: November 17th 2004
Reviewer: Duncan Glenday
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Related Link: Faraz Anwar's Web Site
Hits: 106
Language: english
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Video:

Through The Passage Of Time (live):
Directed by Babar Sheikh 
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First Album At an age of 16 years



Track List


 

 

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Introduction of Faraz Anwar

15th July 1976, just another day of history, a child was born, there was nothing special about both of them, the date or the child. But when the child was in class 6th, he watched Yngwie Malmsteen in a video playing a six-strings instrument. It inspired him so much that he immediately decided to learn this instrument to let out his expressions & explore his inborn talents. The child was Faraz Anwar. And now people know the significance of both, the date & the child.

Faraz, a name known & admired internationally but unluckily the people in his hometown don't know his worth. Faraz studied in St. Paul & St. Andrews & did his matriculation. After that he left studies because he knew what he was supposed to do & what he wanted! Yeah, it wasn't an easy decision on his part. And like all the other parents in Pakistan, his parents too wanted him to study. They scolded him for choosing the path of music that is not considered a worthy one in our country. But it was impossible for him to negate music, which was nothing but him. He wanted the artist in him to come out & prove his mettle.

Why he chose guitar? He says," It was just by chance. If I had got some other instrument, I would have started playing that". But the stars knew how to give birth to such a great artist. He saw Yngwie & started playing guitar. The first guitar he got was Ibanez. He learned the basics from Adnan Afaq. And then he owes it to the guitar lesson videos of Paul Gilbert, which helped him a lot.

He started playing guitar in 1990. Although these are mere 12 years since he has been playing, but the caliber he has is really unmatchable. He played Malmsteen in the beginning, who is considered the most technically accomplished hard rock guitarist. He likes Allan Holdsworth, Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert, Steve Morse and Steve Vai.

During his 12 years in music, the guitarist has already worked with Ali Haider, Dr. Nadeem Kazmi, Fakhr-e-Alam, Junaid Jamshed, Sajjad Ali and Nadeem Jaffri to name a few. Faraz has also been an integral part of lesser known bands Power House, Live Sketches and Collage. His first international gig was with Sajjad Ali for his album Bebia. His first composition Akela, roared across the screen and speakers at the famous music charts MCC 1 way back in 1993.

The album that brought him international acclaim was his solo instrumental album "Abstract Point Of View". It was released by Gnarly Geezer Records internationally. According to Faraz, "It's nothing but me. This album is a part of me. Sometimes it's aggressive and at times it's romantic". And the thing that gave him utmost satisfaction was the fact that Allan Holdsworth appreciated him. He is a self-proclaimed disciple of Allan. Getting the appreciation of someone, whom you consider as your inspirational teacher is something. This album got him a place among Gnarly Geezer Artists. These are all Jazz-Fusion artists. Jazz is considered to be the most difficult genre of music.  This is a solo album in the real sense of the word. He wrote all the music & sequenced all the tracks himself. It was recorded in DFS in just four months. He hasn't played this album live yet. When asked why, his answer was "There are no artists who can play live, the sequenced bass and drums on the album". Allan especially appreciated the drum sequencing.

In 1996 he sent his instrumental demo tapes to Berkley College of Music Boston. They sent him scholarship to come and study music. But due to some problems, he could not go there. But as an acknowledgement, they presented him with "Outstanding Musical Achievement Award '96". It was quite an achievement for the young and aspiring guitarist.

His past projects include a black/death metal band "Dusk" & a progressive metal band "Mizraab". Dusk consists of Faraz and Babar Sheikh (ace video director). Faraz conceives the basic concepts and Babar gives words to them according to his own perception. Faraz composes, synthesizes and plays guitar, and Babar adds the right feel by his husky vocals. The first album by Dusk was "My Infinite Nature Alone", which was released by a Portuguese label in '96. Right now they are working on their second album called "Off White", which is lined up to be released this year. It is set to be released by an international label.

The present project is called "Mizraab". It is a post-grunge, progressive metal band. It's a brainchild of Faraz. The band consists of Faraz (concepts, compositions, guitars), Faraz Arshad (bass), Jamie (rhythm guitars) and Irfan Ahmed (drums). Adnan pens the lyrics. Their album is called "Mazi, Haal Mustaqbil". It's all about human feelings & human psychology. The video's of "Insaan" , "Meri Terhan" , "Izhar" and "Kitni Saadian" are on air on Indus Music. Insaan was the video during which Faraz lost his long time companion Jackson (his guitar). It burnt during the video shoot. The video is directed by Babar.

He gets his inspirations from ordinary objects & everyday life. He says, "It could be anything that might cross my mind anytime, be it during walking or doing nothing special". In the beginning he used to practice for 8 to 9 hours daily. But after his soul got connected to his six-string through his fingers, 2 hours were enough. Nowadays he isn't practicing & looking for a new guitar. About his dreams he tells, "I want to be renowned worldwide". And with his caliber, perseverance & hard work it can be said without any ambiguity that INSHALLAH pretty soon his dream will come true.

He likes Pink Floyd, Dream Theater, Kansas & all the likes. According to him, "Gone are the days when I needed to listen to other musician for learning music and inspirations. Now the music comes right from inside". He says, "Although Paki music scene is progressing, but it still has a long way to go". In the local scene he likes the new band Aaroh. About the local guitarists he says, "A lot of them are working nicely, but none of them could be called perfect. They are good with only one or two genres of music. They are not versatile. Some are good with the compositions & some with the guitar solos, but you can't fill the whole album with your solos".


Many guitarists learnt the guitaring skills from him. Nabeel (Aaroh) happens to be one of them. He also gave some lessons to Mekaal Hassan. Mekaal says, "I had some technical problems & Faraz solved them for me".

Now that he has created his own niche in this field, his parents are also proud of him and they don't have any objections. But in our country music is not thought to be a profession because it does not earn you enough money. About this Faraz says, "I'm quite satisfied with what I am earning. But the thing is when you are an artist, you are only concerned with creating things, not with if it earns you money or not".

His guitaring abilities can be heard in "Guljana" by Collage. "Jadu" by Ali Haider, which gave a new sound to Paki music scene, is totally sequenced by Faraz except the song Jadu. The guitar work in this album is extremely creative. The guitar solo in Junaid's "Keh do jo bhi" carries a lot of feel. Faraz is a player who can play all the genres of music with equal ease and virtuosity, be it blues, jazz, funk, rock, metal or trance. Faraz produces his albums himself.


In the local scene, he likes Shallum, Mekaal and Nabeel. He thinks we don't have some great vocalists. He feels that our scene lacks music producers and musicians need to do this job themselves. For all the upcoming musicians Faraz says, " First get a grip of the music you want to play properly and then jump in the scene. Don't make your appearance before you're matured musically".

It's not that we lack good musicians, the real problem is that music has commercialized a lot. It's really strange that we have such a talented musician who is releasing his albums internationally but in his own country people don't understand his caliber. But with the growing awareness, we can hope it will change. And Faraz will release his album in Pakistan too.

 

web links:

Official Site: www.farazanwar.com
Official Fan Site: www.farazanwarfan.tk

Official Site of Dusk (Pakistan's First Metal Band 1994): www.duskhorde.com

 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 12 2005 at 05:04

even if you dont like it atleast hear the songs and do watch the video. Faraz Anwar was named as the King Of Guitars by Allan Holdsworth and Faraz Anwar's instrumental album was released by Allan Holdsworth record label.

you can buy Faraz Anwar's album from www.guitar9.com 

i m just his fan thats all

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 12 2005 at 05:26

Rameez

Welcome and many thanks for this info - I intend following it up.

 

 

 

 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 12 2005 at 05:32

thanks alot for the warm welcome
i was worried that you ppl dont get offended me coming here and posting links

 

do watch the video i m sure u r gonna like it...

Through The Passage Of Time (live):
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 12 2005 at 06:42

May I add my Welcome too.  

You have provided a huge amount of info above so I'll print it off and have a read over lunch.

Thanks

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 12 2005 at 06:55

thanks again SIGOD. this is just a little info abt Faraz Anwar. u can always log on to www.farazanwarfan.tk to know more abt him

this is Faraz Anwar's Band Mizraab

http://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=2981&a mp;PN=1

Mizraab is Pakistans First Urdu progressive metal band. do check it out, i m sorry you wont be able to understand the lyrics as they r in Urdu but atleast you can hear the music and guitar work by Faraz Anwar just to have an idea how good he is.



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 12 2005 at 07:16

Whats Urdu for

"Satan and his Legions, unleash hell on earth" ??

or some such similar metal type lyrics ??

Play me my song, here it comes again
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 12 2005 at 07:23

URDU is a language man, national langauge of Pakistan is URDU. like you guys speak in ENGLISH we speak in URDU.



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 12 2005 at 07:35
Does "URDU" Lend itself to metal ? - Anglo saxon was designed with heavy metal in mind an all that, coz I read it in a book by Van Daniken "Axemen of the Gods".................
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 12 2005 at 10:48

I've been hearing about this guy for a few years. He's on my "to get" list.

Welcome to the site RamEEz!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 12 2005 at 11:51

Originally posted by Swinton MCR Swinton MCR wrote:

Does "URDU" Lend itself to metal ? - Anglo saxon was designed with heavy metal in mind an all that, coz I read it in a book by Van Daniken "Axemen of the Gods".................

Your observations sound a bit "dodgy" to me...wouldnt want to get the wrong idea of you Swint!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 12 2005 at 16:05
Originally posted by danbo danbo wrote:

I've been hearing about this guy for a few years. He's on my "to get" list.

Welcome to the site RamEEz!

good to hear that ppl actually know him in other parts of world and ppl living in Pakistan dont know him. Do hear Abstract Point Of View as i wanna know what do u guys have to say abt the album.

and thanks for the warm welcome :)

Originally posted by Reed Lover Reed Lover wrote:

Your observations sound a bit "dodgy" to me...wouldnt want to get the wrong idea of you Swint!

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yeah same here the thing is Urdu is just a language nothing else. Like u sing Metal in English the same this guy sang in Urdu.

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