Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Born in 1969, Ahmad Muriz hails from Penang, where he spent his formative years in the school’s military band and later with the Penang State Youth Symphonic Band. At University Technology MARA (UiTM) where he was enrolled in an undergraduate music programme, Ahmad Muriz experimented with many genre of music. While at UiTM, Muriz lead the ‘Fusion Quinter’, Grand Prix winner of the Yamaha Band Explosion 1989, and established ‘Tamingsari’, a traditional ensemble which finally evolved into a jazz fusion group that performed to rave reviews from local and foreign media at the KL International Jazz Festival in 1993.

After graduating, Muriz began his professional career with Petronas Performing Arts Department, where he both performed as a musician and collaborated in the development of new composition of several dance drama project based on old Malay literature. This inspired him to write his own compositions, one of which won him the top prize of the Formula Malaysia song competition.

Muriz later pursued a major Film Score at the Berklee Collage of Music from January 2000, where one of his major works complemented a documentary project entited ‘Baraka’, which featured a fusion of eastern and western elements. Muriz then furthered his study at the Boston Coservatory, attending a Master of Arts(M.A.) course majoring in composition under guidance of Andy Vores, the composition faculty Chairman. Recently Muriz,s competition was selected for the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) composers’ forum, at which his composition had been performed in 2004.

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