The Arts

Guitar virtuoso in Ballantyne Auditorium, Nov. 22

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Fareed Haque joins Kirkwood Ensembles for eclectic concert

He has performed with world-renowned artists in fields from bebop jazz to bluegrass and classical chamber music. On Nov. 22 virtuoso guitarist Fareed Haque brings his unique style to the stage of Ballantyne Auditorium. Kirkwood Community College welcomes Haque to its fall instrumental jazz concert at 7:30 p.m. on the main Kirkwood campus.

Haque will headline a program featuring the Kirkwood Jazz Ensemble and C.R. Jazz Big Band. All ensembles are directed by Kirkwood Instrumental Jazz Professor Dr. Timothy Feldkamp.

Born in 1963 to a Pakistani father and Chilean mother, Fareed Haque discovered a wide variety of world music and culture in extended travel, especially in long stays in Spain, France, Iran and his parental homelands of Pakistan and Chile. He began his higher education in music at North Texas State University and later completed his degree work at Northwestern University in Illinois.

Haque has been a sought-after session musician and ensemble leader since the late 1980s, performing with such diverse artists as Joe Zawinul, Cassandra Wilson, Ramsey Lewis, Defunckt, Arturo Sandoval, Nigel Kenedy, Edgar Meyer and the Vermeer Quartet. He has also performed guest roles with several major symphony orchestras around North America, performing all the major classical guitar concerto repertoire. He has taught at Northern Illinois University since 1989 and shares his world-encompassing musical insights with students and faculty many times each year.

As part of his Kirkwood appearance Haque will host a free jazz master class at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22 in Room 375 Cedar Hall on the main Kirkwood campus. He will demonstrate guitar styles and entertain questions about technique, his career and the state of modern music.

Tickets for Fareed Haque in concert at Kirkwood are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and students with current ID. Kirkwood faculty, staff and students are admitted free. Tickets are available from the Student Life office, first floor of Iowa Hall, (319) 398-5578.