Our first Dream Project of the Month Winner of 2017 is here to help us ease into our New Year’s goals with his beautiful and soothing albums that invoke the Soul’s yearning for love, purpose, and dreams-come-true.
Guitarist and musical producer Anwaar Ali has had a passion for music for as long as he can remember. In late 2016, he released his newest instrumental album, An Orphan’s Dream, and has generously gifted us a copy for free below. The album is such a courageously authentic and emotional work that as soon as we heard it, we were convinced that we had to choose him as our featured winner this month!
An Orphan’s Dream is the follow-up to Anwaar’s debut album, In My Dreams, a showcase of brilliant guitar solos, vocals and melodies, consisting of songs with vocals in Pujabi, Urdu. Some of the songs on the album, including the title track ‘In MyDreams’, have aired on the New-York based Indian Bollywood Radio Station, Easy96.
Anwaar has been making music since he was a little boy. He spent his early childhood in a small Pakistani town, where he and his friends would make a beeline for the piano right after school. They learned to play songs from some of their favorite artists, such as the popular Pakistani band Vital Signs. They even taught themselves to play the hit song ‘Dil Dil Pakistan’.
At age 15 Anwaar moved to the U.S. and found a stellar mentor in his high school music teacher John Abigana, who took him under his wing and taught him to play guitar. Anwaar also spent a lot of time learning to record and produce music during this time. Along with his brother, he recorded an experimental instrumental album called Sohni Dharti (Beautiful Land).
After the High School Anwaar continued learning music with other great music instructors including Jazz guitarist Don Price. Over the years he’s collaborated with many different artists from all over the world and has shared the stage with big-name Pakistani artists, including Fakhir Mehmood, Abrar ul Haq, Shiraz Uppal, TJ Cool, Zulfi and the legendary Sajjad Ali.
He currently resides in California, where he continues to create and produce music that takes the listener on a journey through “the continuum of time and space.”
If you’d like to support Anwaar’s work, you can check out his Sound Cloud page for more Soul-stirring music: