Asif Illyas is an
amazingly talented and prolific
songwriter, composer, and guitar player who
is probably best known for his work as front
man for the Canadian pop/rock band MIR.
Of MIR, the press says: "One of
the most innovative and melodic new groups
to come out of Canada, Mir's unique
challenging, easily identifiable sound makes
them stand out clearly against all other
pop/rock group...Mir creates an exciting new
definition of the term "pop music". They
bring charm, wit and reflection into the pop
genre; characteristics that were seemingly
swept away with the tide in the early
Mir has toured extensively
overseas, and their smooth blend of
electronica, pop, and world flavors has
landed them on stages and recordings as
diverse as OzFest to sharing space on
European CD compilations with Sting, Leonard
Cohen and Joni Mitchell...
Amazingly, (like all great
songwriters I guess...), Asif also finds
time to pursue some solo work. The quality
of his work was recognized internationally
when one of his songs (U Dream) was picked
as one of the Top Three winners in the 2008
international John Lennon Songwriting
time ago, I asked Asif what he liked the
most about his Laplante "Galadriel".
His reply was kinda short , but to the
point: Tone, JP, tone...