Mir Ali, Founder & Director guitar - tabla - sitar - harmonium - ensembles
"...mesmerizing and hypnotic."
ACOUSTIC GUITAR MAGAZINE
Since winning his first competition at the age of thirteen, Pakistani-born guitar virtuoso and composer Mir Ali has been described by Acoustic Guitar Magazine as “an exceptional nylon string guitarist," as "mesmerizing and hypnotic" by National Public Radio, and as “innovative and eclectic” by Soundboard magazine.
Ali has written music for movies, theater, radio, television commercials, and most recently for the documentary "Roots and Branches," which won the “Award of Excellence” from the prestigious Film advisory Board of Hollywood. His recent tours include performances and master classes in India, Romania, Spain, Italy, and Canada. Mir is active as an adjudicator and clinician at prestigious guitar competitions and festivals in the United States and abroad. His publications are available through Mel Bay and Clear Note Publications.
Mir serves as Director of the Amherst School of Guitar and has been President of the Buffalo Guitar Society and Artistic Director of the Rantucci International Guitar Festival and Competition for the past 15 years. He spends his time equally between Buffalo, NY and Pittsburgh, PA. Mir is represented by Performing Arts Management by special arrangement with Leona Zachary.
In 2009 Mir was invited to the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh along with British guitarist Stanley Yates to present a series of concerts and masterclasses. This humanitarian project was funded in part by the D'Addario Foundation for the Arts.
Mary Beth performs Appalachian Lullaby in a masterclass with Mir Ali.