Aziz Ibrahim’s instrumental compositions would be ideal for a film soundtrack. For me, the sonic essence of the set was similar to musical pieces by John mclaughlin of the Mahavishnu orchestra. The focus of the pieces are conveyed by Aziz’s guitar flair, which was integrated into arrangement of strings from the Manchester Camarata orchestra. Added to a mix of Indian instruments; sitars, tabla, etc . On one composition Mike Joyce (the Smith’s drummer) anchors his experimental flair (a stack of affect foot-pedals are prodded) with a mix of Mancunian grit . ‘From Lahore to Longsight ‘, music scores were inspired by his father’s migration from India in the 1940’s . His father experienced the civil war with Pakistan which effectively annexed his Indian home, this led to embarkation on a migration journey to Longsight in Manchester in the 1950’s. The performance had a back-drop video of old Indian trains crossing continents towards their destination at Picadilly, Manchester, by curators at Home.
He played the base guitar for Mick Hucknall’s Manchester band ‘Simply Red’. Aziz’s South Asian flair as a guitarist is pure magic. For one composition Mike Joyce, the Smith’s drummer, anchors his wizardry, (a stack of foot-pedals create psychedelia) with a mix of Mancunian grit on percussion.
New Order; The Prisoner set at “Port Merion”