Qawwalis are lengthier than a typical modern song which is usually 2- 4 minutes. They average 15 minutes, with the longest single track being on the upwards of 70 minutes! Audiences today are used to listening to short pieces. The Riyaaz Experiment aims to bridge the gap.
The effort will also introduce modern musical elements, traditionally not heard in qawwali. The purpose: to give these compositions a similar texture to what is found in pop music today. While, we will not abandoning the traditional elements of qawwali (like harmonium, clapping, tabla-dhamma, etc.), the modern elements will be used to enhance the pieces.
The plan is to have quarterly releases from May 2016. The first track will be Shahbaaz Qalandar- an essential piece to every successful qawwali concert. The Riyaaz Experiement version will highlight the dhamaal (the tabla solo), which is the most important part of the composition.