'The guitar work is terrific; understated but thick with feeling. Hamdani’s guitar takes centre spotlight at exactly the right times, always elevating the track, never calling unnecessary attention to itself"- Mosiki
Imam Hamdani is currently a New York based musician. Born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan. Imam began playing the guitar at the age of 12 and since then has devoted countless hours to mastering the instrument. In 2012 he was featured on a national television music program, drawing attention and acclaim from industry professionals and audiences alike, which led to his first tour the same year.
The following year Imam released his first single ‘Barishon Mein’ that received over 100,000 plays on Soundcloud and a South Asian music award nomination.
A year later Imam was offered a scholarship to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music. While at Berklee he was twice selected to feature at Berklee’s annual Guitar Night hosted by the virtuoso guitar players Thaddeus Hogarth, Tim Miller and Julien Kasper. Imam’s composition ‘Broken Waltz’ was performed by members of The Boston Symphony Orchestra. In 2016, he performed in Europe for the first time, at the Palo Alto Festival in Valencia,Spain.
Imam graduated in 2017 with a Bachelors of Music in Contemporary Writing and Production.
Imam’s band ‘Backpocket’ a blues/jazz/funk outfit held a residency at the legendary Wallys Jazz Café in 2017 and are currently working on their first full length album.
Imam has performed, recorded, produced/directed with artists such as Julie Rhodes (Boston Music Award Winner), Ali Mcguirk (Boston music award nominee) Jeffrey Lockhart (Beyonce,Lettuce, Soulive), Zoe Viccaji (Lux Style Award winner) The Interlopers, Mr Adam Marks, Sawyer Lawson, Grease The Musical, Gracie Hays to name a few.
Imam can be seen performing at venues across the Northeast weekly. He aims to continue to write, perform and produce new music in the coming year.
‘Common threads between the different musics of the world intrigue me. Essentially, the ragas of the east and the blues of the west are the same thing when it comes down to it. They demand sincerity and the right intent. I want to find a way to express the two through my personal experiences.’