Edward Powell is a cross-cultural
performer, composer, instrument builder, and educator recognised internationally
as being an innovative pioneer in his field. Having spent more than a
decade living and studying in the Orient with indigenous masters Edward's
music is now profoundly influenced by the Indian, and Middle-eastern modal
traditions. Since 2000 Edward has self-released 6 albums of original music
and hand-crafted more than 40 complex original instruments which he uses
for performing and recording.
Edward has been a professional musician for more than 30 years, has performed
in a wide variety of venues and festivals around the globe, and is today
considered one of the world's leading fretless guitarists.
In the early 90's Edward studied the sitar intensively with India's foremost
sitarist Pandit Buhaditya Mukherjee and following this enjoyed a short
'career' performing Indian classical music, the highlights of which were
a sold out performance at the Academia Filarmonica di Roma in 1999 and
in the same year several concert/seminars in prestigious Italian conservatories
- in fact Edward is the first musician in history to be granted formal
permission to teach Indian music in an Italian conservatory.
As a result of journeys in Turkey and Morocco in the 80's and 90's Edward
began a meaningful relationship with the oud and Middle-eastern music.
Through his friendship with Ross Daly Edward was inspired to increase
his depth of experience with Turkish and Arabic music which resulted in
year long stays in Istanbul and Cairo and in depth study sponsored by
the Canada Council for the Arts.
Edward's experience as a luthier began with humble experimental practice
instruments and progressed to the point where his instruments are sought
after by innovative musicians around the globe. Much of Edward's progress
was due to having spent every day for 7 months building his own instrument
in the workshop of Faruk Turunz (consider to be the world's foremost oud
maker) in 2006. Edward primarily builds for himself for his own use and
the main thrust of his research has been an effort to perfect the instrument
which he invented: the "ragmakamtar" which is a sarod/oud hybrid.