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Name Shaon Rahman
Born 4 May, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Classic Rock, Fusion, Eastern Classical
Specialty Guitarist, songwriter, vocal
Instruments Guitar, bass, keyboards
1991- Album released with Ovation band as keyboardist
1992- Album released with Concern band as Guitarist, song writer, bass
1993- Initiated ‘Shams-Shaon production’ with Shams Mansoor Ghani ( Dhruba, Rhythm, Concern, Uglyfaze, Warfaze, De-Illimination )in order to compose original songs for different solo singers & bands. Released various solo albums and worked with different bands under this partnership for the next 15 years.
1994- Formed Dhruba with childhood school friend Shams with Paul, Montu (Dhaka) & Shutton (Chime, Feedback). Recorded and performed original songs and English cover songs
1997- Formed Uglyfaze a English cover song band with Selim Haider (Ex Feedback)
2003-2008- Joined Statyx a multicultural English cover song band in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Performed in various pubs, gigs and concerts.
2012- Released 6 original songs on websites and Dhaka FMs
Presently, active as a musician in Toronto.
Rhythm (1988, school band, Guitar, Vocal), Concern(1992, Guitar ), Dhruba (1994- till date, Vocal, Guitar), Ovation (1989, Keyboards), Uglyfaze (1997,Vocal ), Statyx (2003-2007, Vocal, Guitar)
BD & Kolkata: Azam Khan, Happy Akhand, Lucky Akhand, Niaz Mohammad Chowdhury, Farida Parveen, Ajay Chakraborty, Mohiner Ghoraguli, SD Burman, RD Burman, Asha Bhosle, Ravi Shankar, Ananda Shankar, Zakir Hossain, Niloy Das
International: BB King, The Doors, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Rainbow, Al Di Meola, Paco Di Lucia, Joe Satriani, Marty Friedman, Yngwie Johann Malmsteen, Kitaro, Santana, Nirvana, G&R, Black Crows, Acoustic Alchemy, Uriah Heep, Black Sabbath, Aero Smith
Shaon Rahman grew up in a big joint family. Harmonium, table, tanpura & a Hawaiian guitar was his regular game toy since childhood. His uncles & aunties used to practise vocal lessons & mom was a learner Hawaiian guitarist. At the age of 5, Mr. Mujibar, who is now a senior teacher of Classical in Chayanot, was appointed for him as vocal teacher at home. Mujibar sir was his vocal teacher for the next 12 years at a stretch. Classical/ ragas & Nazrul giti were his basic focus, but also concentrated on Tagore, Lalon, Hason Raja, DL Roy, Rajanikant etc.
First Guitar Click and thereafter.....
Happy Akhand and guitar based songs of Azam Khan were his first guitar based Bengali songs with huge influence. These two legends helped him to understand the guitar power. Besides, he was looking for an alternative to harmonium as the supporting instrument for singing. At grade 7, his mother converted her Hawaiian guitar into an acoustic Spanish guitar for him. First, he got some very basic tips from a friend who used to learn guitar formally. Those were the basic notes on guitar and a diagram of the basic G major scale. With a back ground of music lesson, it was not difficult for him to connect between guitar and vocal lesson. It was hard to get a good guitar teacher at a convenient location during late 80s in Dhaka. Therefore, he had no way but to become totally self-educated in guitar. Converted all his vocal lesson i.e. tans / alaps in guitar notes and used to play those on guitar. He collected tons of vdo lessons and books on guitars in order to understand and develop expertise on guitar. Later on he came in touch with one & only all rounder guitarist in BD Selim Haider (ex lead guitarist Feedback) and Akhter Hossain ( ex lead guitarist Happy Touch, Band leader & lead guitarist, Ovation ) and learnt many professional techniques. Besides, Canada he travelled Russia, India, Malaysia, Thailand, UAE, USA, UK and played with various musicians/bands to acquire the knowledge of international music and develop musical skills.