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September 18, 2011

US jazz group enthralls audience


Web Desk
September 18, 2011

The visiting American jazz band, Ari Roland Jazz Quartet of New York, enthralled the audience with their charming performance at the residence of the US consul general here on Saturday evening.
The group blended jazz with the rich eastern music and performed famous Pakistani songs “Dil Dil Pakistan, Jaan Jaan Pakistan” and “Hai Jazba Junoon Too Himmat Na Haar” amid a huge applause and clapping by the audience.
Bass player Ari Roland, led the band with Chris Byars (tenor saxophone), Zaid Nasser (alto saxophone) and Keith Balla on percussion also captivated the audience and were also adored on their individual performances.
The band leader in his brief remarks said that this was their second visit to Pakistan. Recalling the first visit of 2009, he said it was a memorable one.
In his brief remarks, acting US Consul General Jason Kight said that the event had been organised in continuation of the ongoing American festival of arts.
He said that it was under an exchange programme which aimed at providing opportunity to American artists to perform in Pakistan and Pakistani artists to present their talent to American audience.
He said the magical sound of jazz music was a great unifier of cultures of the US and Pakistan and served as a stepping stone to learn each other’s culture.
Later, a teenage Pakistani lead guitarist, Saima Zakir, joined the jazz band on the stage and mesmerised the audience as well as the band with her unique talent.
This was followed by a next performance where Pakistani band Fuzon played with the Quartet. Sitar player Nafees Ahmed and Bashir Khan on Tabla joined Ari Roland in the concluding performance.
The programme was concluded at a cake-cutting ceremony to celebrate the birthday of saxophone player Zaid Nasser. US Consulate’s Culture Affairs Officer Tony M Jones joined him in the cake-cutting ceremony.

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