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Interview with Michelle Qureshi

To round up our coverage of the ZMR Music Awards, here’s an interview with Michelle Qureshi made by local newspaper Current in connection with Michelle’s nomination for the Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.

Mark Ambrog/Current writes:

“Zone Music Reporter is recognized as the industry source for new age, world, ambient, electronic and instrumental music news. The winners will be announced May 12 at a gala award concert in New Orleans.

“They are basically the Billboard charts for our genre,” Qureshi said. “There is a network throughout the world. There are stations that play this kind of music, Zone Music Reporter keeps track of who plays it and how often. That gives it its weight, not its sales. It’s my first time to be on their (ZMR’s) radar. It’s exciting. I work isolated here in Carmel as a soloist, so to put (recording) in my home studio and have it reaching like it is is special.”

Her 2016 album, “Scattering Stars,” won a Best Ambient Album Award from One World Music Radio in 2017.

“What is great about social media is you can find people all over the world who are looking forward to what you have released,” Qureshi said. “There are people that would love for you to come and play where they live.”

Qureshi performs at Carmel gallery walks, out-of-state concerts and house concerts. She often performs at Hopwood Cellars in Zionsville.

“Once or twice a month I play at Saxony Hospital in Fishers to keep the stress level down,” she said. “It’s calming music.”

Read the complete interview here.

As we now know, Michelle did not win the award. FLOW did. But “Seventh Wave” is still an amazing album!!