November 5, 2017
Sunday, 7:30 PM
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
566 LaGuardia Place, Manhattan
Co-presented with the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
Pre-performance Q&A at 6:30 PM with the artists, moderated by Naomi Sturm of Staten Island Arts.
The Sachal Ensemble perform Song of Lahore inspired by the acclaimed documentary film of the same name, which tells the story of The Sachal Ensemble as they struggle to survive in the oppression and brutality of modern day Pakistan. After releasing a number of South Asian classical and folk albums with little fanfare, they put out an album covering Western jazz standards with their traditional instruments. Their rendition of Dave Brubeck’s Take Five went viral, earning them worldwide recognition and an invitation from Wynton Marsalis to perform at Jazz at Lincoln Center. In this cross-cultural, genre-bending concert, works by Mancini, Brubeck, and Grusin blend with Pakistani traditions on sitar, flute, sarangi, and tablas, capturing music as the universal language, a bridge across divides and between cultures.