Brooklyn Qawwali Party
Inspired by recordings of the late great Sufi singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Brooklyn Qawwali Party was founded by Brook Martinez in 2004 as an experiment. What would happen if New York jazz musicians were to play and improvise around the melodies of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan? From this idea, Brooklyn Qawwali Party was born. BQP consists of fourteen musicians: five horns, three percussionists, guitar, acoustic bass, harmonium and three designated clappers. The exuberant sound of BQP has been enthusiastically welcomed in New York City and across the globe. The ensemble includes: Tony Barba - tenor saxophone John Savage - alto saxophone Jesse Neuman - trumpet Ryan Keberle - trombone Robert Jost - French Horn Noah Jarrett - acoustic bass Mike Gamble - electric guitar Tony Kieraldo - harmonium Shawn Trail - djembe Robert DiPietro - percussion Brook Martinez - drums Jen Trail - clapping.