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Quraishi's earliest influences and family lineage include musicians and instrument makers.  His father made him his first rubab as a young man.  Growing up in the Afghan capital, Kabul, the self-taught artist absorbed and became well-versed in the myriad folk styles found throughout Afghanistan including the regional genres of the Afghan's numerous ethnic groups including the Pashtu, Uzbek, Tajik, etc.  Quraishi also steeped himself in the discipline and formalistic principals of classical Hindustani music theory that constitutes the foundation of Afghanistan's art music.  Technically, Quraishi possesses a masterful sense of rhythm and an acute ear.  But it is his poetic heart that moves his listeners with his sensitive interpretations of the classical repertoire infused with his fresh and youthful expressions on his original compositions.

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Video 8/15/2014: Quraishi

World-class Afghan-American rubab player Quraishi offers a performance of original compositions that carry a deep dedication to his native country’s artistic tradition and its national instrument.