Santa Barbara, CA - September 11, 2015—A recent graduate of the UCSB Department of Music, Azeem Ward has wasted no time in establishing his career as a professional musician. Within months of gaining international fame when his senior flute recital went viral, Mr. Ward has secured a lengthy tour of the United Kingdom with fellow UCSB student, Timmy Linetsky, aka Underbelly. The duo established a Kickstarter campaign in August and quickly surpassed their fundraising goal, raising enough funds to cover travel, lodging, and tour merchandise. Working with an agent from the United Kingdom, Azeem x Underbelly were able to reach out to universities and nightclubs to confirm venues for their tour. The current roster of cities includes London, Oxford, Durham, Nottingham, Cambridge, Manchester, Cardiff, Bristol, St. Andrews, Liverpool, Birmingham, and Leeds.
With their unique blend of Azeem’s flute melodies and Underbelly’s constantly evolving beats, the duo has managed to expand upon the initial fame generated by Azeem’s senior flute recital, and cultivate a fan base that is eager to follow the pair as they develop their original sound. Through social media, the duo has kept fans up-to-date and promoted the majority of the tour on their own. For more information on the tour, check out the Facebook event page, Azeem x Underbelly Official UK Tour.
Photo by Matt Perko.