Faraz Anwar

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Faraz Anwar
Born (1975-07-15) 15 July 1975 (age 41) [1]
Karachi, Pakistan [1]
Genres Instrumental rock, progressive metal [2]
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1989–present [1]
Associated acts Mizraab (1996-Present)
Dusk (1994-2004), Noori (Live performances 2011- present)
Website www.farazanwar.org
Notable instruments
Guitar [1]

Faraz Anwar (Urdu: فراز انور) (born 15 July 1976) [1] is a Pakistani guitarist, known for his solo instrumental work and his band Mizraab. He has been called "Pakistan's master of progressive rock."[1][3]


Faraz Anwar was born on 15 July 1976 in Karachi. In 6th grade he decided to pick up a guitar after seeing a video of guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen on TV. Faraz got his education from St. Paul and St. Andrews, but left after his matriculation because he wanted to pursue a career in music. At the age of 11, he won Pakistan's national music competition, and at 14 he became a full-time musician. Most of his work consisted of touring with top-tier acts and studio collaborations.[4][5]

One of his projects is a collaboration with Imran Raza, which combines classic rock with such Eastern musical influences as "South Asian flutes and classical Sufi singing"; according to The Weekly Standard, it was President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan who brought the two together.[4]

He has recently joined Noori on their live performances and collaborated with the band to record Pakistan's first ever live record, "Live at The Rock Musicarium". His guitar solos has given the songs a new perspective and groove. It is not confirmed if he will feature in the band's next album.

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  1. ^ a b c d e f http://www.farazanwar.org/v2/biography
  2. ^ http://www.farazanwar.org/v2/discography
  3. ^ Akhtarzada, Ali (1 December 2007). "Give me fuel, give me fire, give me that which I desire". Daily Times (Pakistan). Retrieved 13 July 2010. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b Gartenstein-Ross, Daveed; Nick Grace (10 December 2007). "'The Bombs of Dhamma': Pakistan's pop music scene". The Weekly Standard. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  5. ^ Husain, Rumana (17 March 2002). "Focal Point: The chained princess". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 13 July 2010. [permanent dead link]

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