Aftab names the great Sufi poets Rumi and Abida Parveen as key influences in her tranquil, mesmerizing work. Through her atmospheric vocals and swirling soundscapes, the Pakistan-born artist evokes the same peaceful energy of her mystical heroes. A graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Aftab is currently based in New York City. NPR named Aftab one of the Top 100 Young Composers of 2012, and she has collaborated with artists such as Meshell Ndegeocello and Esperanza Spalding.
Riley’s “beautiful and enigmatic” (The New York Times) guitar playing melds various genres, including jazz and world music. His expert fingerpicking tells imaginative stories, taking audiences on a sonic journey that evokes a wide range of moods. Having collaborated with guitar virtuosos such as Lou Reed, Bill Frisell, and Julian Lage, Riley actively tours worldwide and has written commissions for Kronos Quartet, Carnegie Hall, and more. This “one-man American-music machine” (The New Yorker) is propelling the guitar world forward in ways you can’t imagine until you hear them.