A firm fixture of the Manchester music scene, from Reggae bands in the 80’s, to Simply Red, to joining the Stone Roses at a decisive point in the band’s history, collaborating with Ian Brown and song writing with Paul Weller. Yet all this is but a skim on the surface and does not come close to defining the talents of this guitarist.
Aziz has continuously progressed and evolved his own musical journey. Pushing at the boundaries of genres, he has pioneered a new genre of British music: ‘The Asian Blues’.
Reflecting on this journey and his own routes, the album ‘Lahore to Longsight’, charts the journey of his father from a divided India, to Pakistan, to settling in Manchester and subsequently Aziz’s own path to self-identity and acceptance, as a son torn between two vastly different cultures.
As part of the 70th anniversary of the Independence and Partition of India, Aziz’s ‘Project 70 Asian Blues’ boldly explores partition 70 years on, reflecting on national identity, and realising a ‘space of unification’ extending his practice with a specific focus on widening reach among culturally diverse working class communities reflective of society today.
As part of Project 70 Asian Blues he is collaborating with Manchester Camerata on an orchestral interpretation of the original songs from the Lahore to Longsight album.
Aziz will be in conversation discussing his own personal musical journey of what has been an unparalleled career.