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Fareed Haque

Saturday, August 22 @ 7:30 pm
Out Back Parking Lot

Fareed Haque &
The Secret Tango Society
Rain Date: Sun, 8/23
(there is a 2 ticket minimum for this performance)

Fareed Haque is a modern guitar virtuoso raised in Chicago who is steeped in both classical and jazz traditions. His unique command of the guitar and different musical styles inspire his musical ventures with tradition and fearless innovation.

Recently, Haque came to the realization that there were few, if any Latin American jazz guitarists playing Latin American music. In Fareed’s view, jazz musicians have not taken Latin American tunes seriously, as they have American pop songs from the ’40s ’50s and ’60s as a musical reference. While the folk music of Latin America is commonly heard around the world, the popular music of Latin America circa 1950 has rarely been taken as seriously as the same music stateside. Haque desired his own unique arrangements of the classic Latin American popular songs that he learned from his Chilean mother, experienced during his time in South America, and over years of touring with Latin jazz legends Paquito D’ Rivera, Hernia Mann, Tito Puente, and many others.

Featuring Alex Austin on bass, Jose Maria Piedra on percussion, and Gregory William Fundis on drums, Fareed Haque and The Secret Tango Society presents a new musical unveiling that widely appeals to audiences by featuring clever jazz versions of the Great Latin American Songbook.  The Secret Tango Society will play jazz arrangements of classic Latin tunes, like Tito Rodriguez’ “Inolvidable”, songs by Armando Manzanero, including “Adoro”, “Esta Tarde Vi Llover”, “Sabor a Mí”, “Pero Te Extraño”, “Contigo Aprendí,” “Bésame Mucho” and “Quisás, Quisás Quisás”!

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♪ “Best World Guitarist”
– Guitar Player Magazine Reader’s Choice Awards 2009

♪ “Classical and jazz, East and West, the future and the past, the brain and the booty all come together in glorious harmony via his fleet fingers and freewheeling spirit.”
– Guitar Player Magazine

♪ “A finely honed classical technique and a deep well of experience in pop music makes Haque a singular figure in music.”
– Chicago Tribune

♪ “A jazz-fusion and classical player known for stunning guitarmanship.”
– Vintage Guitar Magazine

Since 2011, Haque has returned to his first loves, jazz guitar and classical guitar. He has been busy performing and recording with his trio featuring legendary B3 virtuoso Tony Monaco, his own trio and jazz quartet, as well as his larger world music group the Flat Earth Ensemble.

Recent releases include the critically acclaimed Out of Nowhere featuring drummer Billy Hart and bassist George Mraz, The Flat Earth Ensemble’s latest release Trance Hypothesis, and The Tony Monaco/Fareed Haque release Furry Slippers that reached the top 10 in Jazz Radio Airplay.

In addition, Fareed has performed at the Chicago, Detroit, and Java Jazz festivals and was featured as part of the Made in Chicago Series performing with his numerous groups at Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago. He also performed and arranged numerous classical programs as 2013 artist-in-residence for The Chicago Latin Music Festival, was featured on WBEZ, as well as WFMT’s Fiesta! radio programs, and has recorded his arrangement of Piazzolla’s 5 Tango SensationsEl Alevin by Eduardo Angulo, and Leo Brouwer’s Quintet for Guitar and String Quartet with the critically acclaimed Kaia String Quartet. Haque continues to tour and record extensively along with documenting his unique teaching methods in a series of bestselling interactive video courses through TrueFire.

In 2016, Haque was invited to perform at the Indianapolis Jazz Festival Tribute to Wes Montgomery along with Peter Bernstein, Bobby Broom, Henry Johnson, Will Mathews, Russell Malone, Pat Martino, and Dave Stryker. He was also a visiting scholar at Western Michigan University. Recent projects include artistic directorship of numerous jazz festivals, performances with Tony Monaco, Paquito D’Rivera, Vijay Iyer, pundit Vikku Vinacrayam, long-anticipated reunion concerts with Garaj Mahal, concerts in India, a return to Java Jazz, and concerts and teaching in China.

In 2017, Mr. Haque released The Bridge with virtuoso Chilean bassist Christian Galvez and renowned Indian percussionist Selva Ganesh. Haque has also rekindled his duo with Goran Ivanovic. Performances include Canadian Guitar Festival, Winters Jazz Fest NYC, Lotus Music Fest, and many others. Upcoming tours in China and Europe were slated for 2018. Haque has joined drum legend Billy Cobham as a member of his Crosswinds Ensemble featuring Haque on guitars, Randy Brecker on Trumpet, and Paul Hansen on sax and bassoon. Extensive touring and recording were slated for 2019.

Haque’s most recent release New Latin American Music for Guitar and String Quartet, was picked by Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune as one of the top releases of 2018. In addition, the release was chosen as Downbeat Magazine Editor’s Pick in 2018.

2019 was a be a busy year, as Haque has retired from 30 years at Northern Illinois University to accommodate extended tours with Cobham, Goran Ivanovic, and his own groups. Highlights to include The Montreux Jazz Festival with Cobham, and appearances with his own groups at The Bluenote Beijing, Louisville, and Minneapolis Guitar Festivals among others. New recordings with his own group and with Goran Ivanovic were scheduled for 2019, under the legendary Delmark Label.

Born in 1963 to a Pakistani father and Chilean mother, Fareed’s extensive travels and especially long stays in Spain, France, Iran, Pakistan, and Chile exposed Haque to different kinds of music from a very early age. While this natural eclecticism has become a hallmark of Haque’s music, it was repeated visits to Von Freeman’s Chicago jam sessions that gave Haque a grounding in the Chicago blues and jazz traditions. The 1981 recipient of North Texas State University’s Jazz Guitar Scholarship, Haque spent a year studying with renowned jazz guitarist and pedagogue Jack Peterson. Fareed’s growing interest in the classical guitar led him to transfer to Northwestern University, where he completed his studies in classical guitar under David Buch, John Holmquist, and Anne Waller.

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