Musicians Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer, Shahzad Ismaily release their collaborative album, Love In Exile, today on Verve Records. Featuring the song “Shadow Forces,” the record is accompanied by a suite of visualizers created by Anum Awan. The trio will take Love In Exile on tour starting next week, with appearances at numerous venues and festivals including Big Ears Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, and the recently announced Newport Jazz Festival.
Love In Exile arose from a live performance between the three musicians in 2018, where each of them felt an almost otherworldly synchronicity in their talents, an experience Shahzad Ismaily described as “alchemic.” After half a decade of honing and refining this magic from that fateful show, the three musicians proudly share it with the world.
“Sometimes things just get left on the shelf, really beautiful things, because you don’t know where they fit,” Arooj Aftab shares of the process. “And so I’m glad we found where to fit the album, and I’m glad it’s coming out now.”