Ayaan Ali Khan (Hindi: अयान अली खान; IAST: Ayān Alī Khān) (born 5 September 1979) is an Indian classical musician who plays the sarod. Khan is the son of Amjad Ali Khan and often performs with his older brother Amaan Ali Khan, with whom he hosted the music talent show Sa Re Ga Ma. He has also released solo albums and collaborations with brother and father.
Early life and career:
Khan was born 5 September 1979 as the son of sarod player Amjad Ali Khan and Subhalakshmi Barua Khan, a classical dancer. His birth name was Bangash and he was born in at least the fifth generation of musicians; the Bangash lineage claims to have invented the sarod. Khan has an older brother, Amaan, and they were taught music by their father from a young age and later began to perform with their father on concert tours.
Khan has performed with his father and brother since the late 1980s and performed at Carnegie Hall in 1997. He released his solo debut album of classical music in 1999. Khan hosted the music talent show Sa Re Ga Ma on Zee TV with his brother for three years in the early 2000s. In 2002, Khan and his brother wrote a book about their father, Abba: God's Greatest Gift To Us. Moksha, a 2005 album made in collaboration with Amaan and Amjad Ali Khan and released by Real World Records, was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Traditional World Music Album. The brothers released Reincarnation, an album of world fusion music, in 2006, and a thematic album, Mystic Dunes, in 2007, and toured internationally. They were awarded a Lycra Style Award from MTV India in 2006. Khan and his brother also sing, including on the 2007 tribute album Remembering Mahatma Gandhi. Khan joined his family to perform for the Parliament of India in 2007. In 2009, after working under a movie contract that forbade public appearances for a year, the brothers returned to making music when the production by Bollywood director J. P. Dutta was cancelled. They released a Sufi music album called Rang in 2012. They also released an album called Headwaters in October 2013.
"Ayaan already shows some of his father's authority..." - The New York Times (Carnegie Hall Concert)
Ayaan Ali Khan represents the seventh generation of a musical lineage known as the Senia Bangash School. The younger son and disciple of the Sarod Titan Amjad Ali Khan, Ayaan stepped into the world of music and the Sarod, at a very early age, with confidence, clarity, consistency and technical mastery that he learnt at his father's knee. Ayaan has been performing concerts in India and world -wide, since he gave his solo debut at the age of eight. He has given many other solo performances and also assisted his illustrious father at concerts all over the world.
Over the years today, Ayaan has carved out a special niche for himself in the world of music. His approach, vision and versatility make him an icon for the youth in the music industry. His contribution in making the Sarod a cross-over instrument in a variety of genres has projected him as an artist of high repute.
Ayaan has won the hearts of music lovers both in India and abroad. He made his UK debut in 1989 and US Debut in 1991 at the Asia Society in New York. From 1997 onwards Ayaan has performed regularly at the Carnegie Hall and Smithsonian in the US, Palais Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Chicago Symphony Center, ESPLANADE in Singapore, Summer Arts Festival in Seattle, Edinburgh Music Festival and the Royal Festival Hall in London. Ayaan made his debut tour in Australia early this year. He has also played concerts at the WOMAD Festival in Adelaide and New Plymouth, World Beat Festival in Brisbane WOMAD Rivermead Festival in UK, and the Opera House in Sydney. Ayaan performed at St. James Palace in July 1997 for the Temenos Academy and has also collaborated with the noted Cellist Mathew Barley of UK at the Royal Festival Hall in 2002. In July 2002, Ayaan conducted a workshop for the National Youth Orchestra of UK with Matthew Barley which followed by a concert with the NYO. In 2000, Ayaan joined his father at the Dalai Lama's Sacred Music Festival inauguration in New Delhi. Over the years Ayaan has been a regular performer at Konzerthaus in Vienna, - Symphony Hall in Birmingham, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Recital Hall, Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Centre d`Art Contemporain, Geneva and the UN International Labour Organisation auditorium, Geneva.
In May 2003, Ayaan performed for Prince Charles his High Grove Estate for Temenos Academy. In 2005 he composed the music score for Roger Christian's film "American Daylight". In the following years Ayaan played at Symphony Hall in Fukuoka, New York's Town Hall, Metropolitan Museum and Salisbury Festival in UK, among other venues across the world. In 2005 Ayaan collaborated with Guitarist Dereck Truks of the Allman Brother's band at the Savannah Festival. Ayaan also recorded with Real World Records and featured in one solo track in his father's album Moksha the same year.In July 2006 Ayaan collaborated with Evelyn Glennie at Queen Elisabeth Hall. Ayaan performed at the Central Hall of the Indian Parliament on the commemoration of India's 60th year of Independence in 2007.
The Khans collaborated with American Folk artist Carrie Newcomer at Lotus Arts Festival in Bloomington and also performed at The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco in 2011. Ayaan's concert at Wigmore Hall along with his father released under the Live at Wgmore Hall series was recorded in 2010. In 2009, Ayaan played at the United Nations in New York in presence of Ban Ki Moon to commemorate the Ode to Peace Concert along with his Father.
Along with his many solo classical albums, Ayaan has crossed the bridge between Indian music and a variety of genres with his electronica and lounge albums like 'Reincarnation', 'Truth', 'Mysic Dunes', 'Passion' and 'Dreamz'. He also released two albums titled "The Music Room" and "Sarod Symphony" with his father and guru in 2010. The latest album Rang - Colors of Sufism was released in March 2012 featuring Amaan and Ayaan's interpretations of traditional Qawwalis on the Sarod. From 2000 to 2001, Ayaan hosted a very popular music and talent show air on Zee TV called 'Sa Re Ga Ma', with his brother. Bestowed with the MTV's Lycra Award for the Most Stylish person in Music in 2006, Ayaan was honoured by the Mayor of the City of Tulsa, Oklahoma with the Keys to the City along with an Honorary Citizenship and the Bharat Shiromani Award for Instrumental music in 2007. In November 2002, Ayaan co-authored a book with his brother, Amaan titled 'Abba-God's Greatest Gift to us'. This book was on his father's life and was published by Roli Books, Lustre Publications under the 'Family Pride Series'. In 2010 Ayaan and Amaan, released their second book titled "50 Maestros 50 Recordings" which was published by Harper Collins. Earlier this year Ananta Opus 195, a concerto for sarod, symphonic and electronic orchestra Written by Pierre Thilloy and performed by Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan with the Avignon Provence Symphonic Orchestra and the Kords Collective, conducted by Samuel Jean premiered in India.
Ayaan recently performed his father's Sarod Concert Samaagam with the London Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by David Murphy.