Afraaz Mulji believes music will bring Canadian communities together as life returns to normal following COVID-19 shutdowns.

The musician will deliver solo piano performances at Toronto’s Aga Khan Museum on July 8, 11, and 12.

The three-day presentation is part of a series of pop-up performances presented by the Museum, which is committed to supporting the work of local and global artists.

“It is an honour to be chosen to present my work," said Mulji, "in this divinely inspired space."

Born in Tanzania, he began formal tabla lessons at age three and piano and theory of music classes at nine. Now based in Toronto, Mulji also plays the guitar, organ, saxophone and drums.

At 13, Mulji left Tanzania to attend boarding school in India. During an exchange trip to France two years later, he was given a chance to test the pipe organ at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, an experience he considers the highlight of his musical career thus far.

He says he goes where the music takes him, hence his decision to attend high school in Lunenburg, N.S., where music is prominent and the then-teenager could attend concerts unique to the East Coast.

Recently, Mulji received another exciting opportunity: to perform and record in Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall.

He describes himself as a world citizen who embraces “the diverse cultural and artistic heritage of the world” and incorporates it into his practice.

“As an artist, I feel responsible for creating a safe space for dialogue and community engagement,” said Mulji.

“Music and art have always been what binds communities together.”

The theme of his pop-up performances at the Museum is Purists Beware, a series he has presented across Canada. Having also performed in the U.S., the U.K., and Spain, Mulji believes the upcoming performances will allow him to “engage with the audience in a special and unique way.”

“I look forward to building a connection with those who attend and making a unique and positive contribution to the local community-based arts scene,” he said.

The Aga Khan Museum reopened on June 27. Mulji performs on July 8 at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.; July 11 at 12 p.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.; and July 12 at 12 p.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.


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