Guitarist Fareed Haque brings classical and world music influences to his music. He is probably best known for his time with the popular group Garaj Mahal. But he has recorded as a leader since 1989. Trance Hypothesis is his latest CD. He was born in 1963 in Chicago. His father is from Pakistan and his mother is from Chile. He learned classical guitar as a child. He got into jazz at Von Freeman's Chicago jam sessions and he earned a jazz guitar scholarship at North Texas State. After joining Howard Levy's jazz fusion group Chevere, Haque met Cuban sax legend Paquito D'Rivera and he toured with him for several years. Haque made his recording debut as a leader in 1989 with the album Voices Rising on Sting's Pangaea label. Haque recorded for Blue Note in the 90s. His producer there was Bob Belden so Haque appeared on albums by Blue Note artists like Cassandra Wilson. He continued to record with D'Rivera and he was also a member of Joe Zawinul's Zawinul Syndicate. Haque joined Garaj Mahal in 2001 and they had a lot of success. He left Garaj Mahal in 2011 and he currently tours with his band MathGames. Trance Hypothesis is Haque's latest CD. It was released in 2014 on Delmark Records. It features World Music stars like Essam Rafea on oud, Indrajit Banerjee on sitar, Matthew Tembo on kalimba and Shiva Ghoshal on tabla along with jazz musicians Tony Monaco on organ, Willerm Delisfort on piano and his touring band of Alex Austin on bass and Greg Fundis on drums. MathGames released the CD We r From The Future independently. It's available from CD Baby. Haque is currently on tour so jazz guitar fans should check him out. Here's Fareed Haque and MathGames performing Trance Hypothesis at Audiotree Dec. 12, 2013.