NEW YORK: Pakistan will mark its Independence Day at the United Nations, with a concert in the prestigious General Assembly hall on 14 August.
Organized by the Pakistan Mission to the UN, the concert will feature the acclaimed Sachal Jazz Ensemble, whose music defines contemporary Pakistan — a blend of the traditional and the modern.
The hour and a half long concert, titled, ‘Music Beyond Borders’, is aimed at spreading the message of international peace and harmony at the world stage.
During an hour and a half long performance, Sachel, a brainchild of Izzat Majeed, will play their popular music which already have international familiarity.
Sachal is regarded as an example of the creative genius that reflects Pakistan’s rich culture and heritage. The group’s fusion of traditional classical music with Western jazz has earned them the admiration of music fans and critics across the world.
Within days of the release of their first album, they shot to the top of the iTunes jazz charts.
The performance will include the famous “Shalimar” and the Ensemble’s internationally renowned cover of Dave Brubeck’s iconic “Take Five”, whose fresh re-working prompted the jazz legend to exclaim enthusiastically that it was the most interesting and different interpretation of the song that he had ever heard.
Sachal Jazz Ensemble has performed in various jazz festivals all over the world, including to a packed house at the Lincoln Centre.