Dawoud is a sitarist / multi instrumentalist, composer, improviser, producer, vocalist, poet, and leader of Dawoud & the New Culture; who has created a new genre he calls "Mystic Jaz". It is a blend of the modern and ancient "world" music, with jazz, blues, hip hop, and other Western music.
Mystic Jaz creates within the listener a unique experience. Many people have went into trances and had visions at Dawoud's concerts.
Dawoud's work on sitar is unique: blending traditional techniques with his own innovations: many of which have no historical precident.
Visit Dawoud at www.mysticjaz.com
I began playing music shortly after Jimi Hendrix' passing.
The Mystic Jaz concept is almost ten years old. I di a lot of research, practicing, meditation, etc. before I began recording and performing it.
Further deatils may be found on www.mysticjaz.com
Anywhere I can get a gig! I play mostly in the New York City area; and am planning tours of the US and Europe to coincide with teh release of my new CD "Renegade Sufi".
I love playing live. The interaction with teh audience is one of the most important elements of this music.
Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, Ravi Shankar (the great sitar master!), Miles Davis, Ali Akbar Khan, The Master Musicians of Jajouka, Bach.
My music is also influenced by Sufism, modern science, Bruce Lee,
I have an Indian Sitar manufactured by Bina, outfitted with a special pickup that I run into a preamp for live performances (I always mic when I record). I also have a Roland guitar synthesizer pickup that I modified for use with the sitar.
I record using my PC based set-up. I use Cakewalk Sonar 2.2 prgram, and also FL studio and Garritan Personal Orchestra. I monitor with Event 20/20bas