Light Years / Avzal Ismail
Summary ProfileLight Years Music, founded by Avzal Ismail, represent the cutting-edge of musical excellence in the contemporary South African music arena. We are not merely a service, but a special brand of service excellence. Our sole aim is to make your event a truly memorable one by providing you with the very best entertainment available.
This truly world class group specializes in Smooth Jazz, both Modern and African. It also features a mainstream jazz, fusion, Latin / Afro-Cuban and dance repertoire capable of exceeding the demands of any event, function or concert environment.
Collectively the group made history by being the first Jazz group from South Africa to tour Eastern Europe, with appearances in Moscow, Prague, Gdynia, Warsaw and Budapest. Wherever they performed, they received considerable critical acclaim.
The musicians who make up the group are all prime players in their field and have a vast range of experience in both the live, television and recording environment. They have featured with the likes of Vicky Sampson, Laurika Rauch, Johnny Clegg, Mango Groove, Ritchie Cole, The Soweto String Quartet, Chris De Burgh, Helmut Lotti, Andy Narrell and both the Johannesburg Festival and National Orchestras.
Avzal Ismail has worked with a host of top international names, including acclaimed violinist Regina Carter, Donald Harrison, Carl Andersen, Professor James Houlik, Bhakhithi Khumalo and many more. He also composed and performed the finalé for the opening ceremony of the World Summit for Sustainable Development which was held in Johannesburg. Avzal performed at the first inauguration banquet for President Thabo Mbeki.
Each individual member of the group has also worked with numerous top international artists both in South Africa and abroad. Members of the band also formed part of the Jerry Springer Saturday Night house band.
Lastly, Light Years Music has a social conscience and it is our policy to award a percentage of our earnings to specific charitable organizations.
Currently, Avzal is in the process of preparing to record and he is going to split his time between South Africa, Canada and The USA as from 2011.
Avzal has recently been asked by Nashville based rising star Ana DiNinno to be her music director."
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