Acclaimed jazz guitarist Fareed Haque will headling the upcoming Indo-American Heritage Museum's 2016 gala, which will raise funds for the museum on Sunday, September 18 (photo courtesy of Vjay Iyer).

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Acclaimed Jazz Luminaries to Headline Indo-American Heritage Museum's 2016 Gala Benefit

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Chicago’s Indo-American Heritage Museum last week announced a special gala concert to raise funds for the museum which honors the heritage and contributions of the more than two million Americans of Asian Indian origin. The concert, to feature two noted jazz musicians, pianist Vijay Iyer and guitarist Fareed Haque, will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 3 p.m. at Mary Galvin Recital Hall on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston.

Born and raised in New York, Iyer is the son of Indian Tamil immigrants.  In 2013, he was the recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, often called the “genius” grant because it is awarded to individuals who have shown "extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction."

Sharing the stage with Iyer is Chicago favorite Haque, a guitarist whose long stays in Europe, Asia and South America exposed him to world music from a very early age. This natural eclecticism has become the hallmark of Haque's music.

​“This concert is a historic event for the Indian American community of Chicago,” said event chair Amita Banerji. “ IAHM is the first institution in the country to engage with all communities to promote understanding, document the history, celebrate the heritage, preserve and share the contributions of Indian Americans to the building of America.  Through the creation of a Hall of Fame we will honor Indian Americans whose achievements are particularly noteworthy. We are especially honored that two noted jazz artists Vijay Iyer and Fareed Haque have accepted our invitation to perform this Gala concert which will inaugurate our newly announced Hall of Fame.”

Founded in Chicago in 2007, The Indo-American Heritage Museum honors the heritage and contributions of the more than two million Americans of Asian Indian origin.  The IAHM boasts educational programs, outreach initiatives, web galleries and special events that explore the depth of the Indian-American experience to promote understanding of its history and explore common ground shared by Americans of all ethnicities.

​For more information about the IAHM, visit www.iahmuseum.org.

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