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E. Shawn Qaissaunee (kay-saw’-nee)  | (Wilmington, DE)


Musician | Composer | Educator | Recording Engineer/Producer

guitar, bass, piano, percussion, rubab (roo-bob) and dutar (doo-tar).

Berklee College of Music Alumnus (Jazz Composition/Music Education) E. Shawn Qaissaunee has been in demand as a multi-instrumentalist and composer for nearly thirty years. Sought out for his talents on guitar, bass, piano and both the rubab and dutar, instruments from his native Afghanistan, Shawn is known for his musical sensitivity, lyricism and spirited drive to create excitement among listeners and fellow musicians.


Recent discography:


GUITARS AND VOICES (2018) with Warren Cooper

MY LITTLE SUEDE SHOES (2018) with Dan Hanrahan

MORE THAN HAPPY (2018) with Jason Fraticelli, Matt Scarano, John Swana and Greg Riley


Recent awards:


Artist in Residence and Creative Fellow, VCCA France Moulin-a-Nef (Auvillar, FR) – Oct/Nov 2019

Artist in Residence and Creative Fellow, VCCA (Amherst, VA) – January 2019

Artist in Residence and Creative Fellow, VCCA Moulin a Nef (Auvillar, France) – August 2018


Recent performances:


Somers Point Jazz Society performance with Jason Fraticelli Band - October 2018

Clifford Brown Jazz Festival (Wilmington, DE) June 2018 with saxophonist Ernie Watts

University of Delaware with Xiang Gao (violin virtuoso/educator) in concert for Joe Biden | November 2017


Qaissaunee has performed and/or recorded with:


Stevie Wonder

Ernie Watts (legendary jazz saxophonist)

David Bromberg (world-renowned musician)

Xiang Gao (virtuoso classical violinist)

Gary Grainger (bassist with John Scofield)

Sean Rickman (drummer with Steve Coleman/Joe Zawinul)

Ron Holloway (saxophonist with Allman Brothers/Government Mule/Derek Trucks)

Terry Tyler (bassist with Jill Scott/Wyclef Jean/Grover Washington Jr.)