About Dawoud & Renegade Sufi
The music of Dawoud, and that of Renegade Sufi seamlessly blends east and west, acoustic and electronic, modern and ancient. Dawoud's studies and experiments have born sweet fruits.
There have been many stories about audience's reaction to the music. Some have said that they went into trances and had visions. Others have reported relief from minor physical ailments (NOTE: Dawoud makes NO claims to be able to cure illnesses). Pregnant women have said that their unborn babies dance in the womb to this music.
Many other amazing stories could be shared here. The story of your involvement is forthcoming.
In 2009, Dawoud formed Renegade Sufi. This was done to distinguish ensemble from performances and recordings. With Dawoud at the core, Renegade Sufi boasts of several fine musicians who have graced the stage; including Jimmy Lopez, Holly Cordero, Rich Stein, Daniel Latif Kurfirst, Kosi Gyebi, Brandon Terzic, and others. The group has performed in many prestigious venues in the New York area and elsewhere, and their music has been very well received.
While concentrating on Dawoud's original compositions (and a handful of carefully chosen covers; including variations on themes by John Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix, Ludwig Van Beethoven, and modern interpretations of ancient music), the individual member's contributions are invaluable, and indispensable. It is a true ensemble effort; and while the performances follow a consistent essence, each performance is unique. The mystic and visionary purpose of the music is upheld, and constantly enhanced and augmented by the contributions of these fine musicians.
News of Renegade Sufi's music has reached all over the US, Europe, and as far away as Russia, Africa, and Southeast Asia. As of this writing, plans are being made for a number of projects including a CD release, tours, and even more ambitious endeavors such as webcast concerts, and enhanced live performance processes - the later of which may very well hold some amazing surprises for the audience.
Dawoud has performed, either as a band leader, solo, or with others at virtually every venue of note in NYC (Including the Apollo Theater, Town Hall, the Blue Note, Birdland, and the Brooklyn Acadamy of Music).
Tours of the US and Europe are being planned. He began work on his next CD releases, as well as several large scale compositions (including the Isra wa Miraj Suite, a seven part suite based on the ascension of the Prophet Muhammad through the seven levels of heaven).
Dawoud's modifications of the sitar have inspired him to begin designing his own instrument. As of this writing, a new instrument combining elements of guitar, sitar, and cello is being constructed. More news on this to come.
Dawoud has published several articles in many online and print magazines (including doobeedoobeedoo.info, and illumemagazine.com). He released his first novel, an Islamic / Sufi science fiction story titled "A Quantum Hijria" (published in paperback by Leilah Publishing, available on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com). Forthcoming writing projects include another Science fiction novel (titled "Apotheosis Now"), and a text book on music.
SOME DETAILS OF DAWOUD'S MUSICAL (and other) ACCOMPLISHMENTS.
Discography of self produced solo recordings:
"RAM" (One Life Productions. dir. Edwin Porres) - "The Rose" (dir. Fareen Butt) - "The Life and Times of Omar Khayyam" (dir. Majid Beemtaha) - "One Voice; Our Youth" (dir. Muhammad Stewart) - "Where There's a Will, There's a Way" (Sunshine Star productions) - "Beyond Baklava" (Sunshine Star productions (Dawoud also co-directed two segments of this film),"10 Forward", (produced and directed by Khalid Sawaf), "Life By The Drop:" (directed by Tico Chango), and others.
George Prittchet (guitar), Jeff Slatnick (sitar, raga theory. Former student of Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar Khan),Kaeef Ali (jazz composition and theory), Kelvyn Bell (jazz guitar, jazz theory), Pyeng Threadgil (vocals), Michael Harrison (vocals, raga theory), Ustad Shaheed Parvez Khan (sitar, raga theory). Dawoud also attended master classes with Pat Martino, Dr. Yusef Lateef, and Ahmet Erdogdular.
A sample of the people Dawoud recorded and / or performed with:
Lauryn Hill, Nona Hendryx, Gilmar Gomes, DJ Celt Islam / Muhammad Abdullah Hamza, SoSaLa, Gypsy Groovez Orchestra, Khaleel Muhammad, Abdou Mboup, Marie Alphonzo (Zap Mama), Tom Chess, Brandon Terzic, Sohrab Sadaat Ladjavardi, Steve Booke, Jimmy Lopez, Kid Creole & the Coconuts, The Mysterious Tremendum Ensemble, Ustad Muzallim Hussain, Jojo Kao, Akim Funk Buddha & Dha-Fusion, Steve Swell, Daniel Carter, Sabir Matin, Sayyd Abdul Khabir (Duke Ellington, Count Basie), Rahn Burton (Rahsaan Roland Kirk), Larajji, Junni Booth, Tony Jones, Body Temple, Mansoor Scott, Harry Whittaker, Bob Cunningham, Jessie "Cheese" Hameen, Dean Bowman, Kelvyn Bell, The Open Music Ensemble, and many others.