Jazz trio performs at fundraiser for Makli necropolis

Karachi: International jazz trio performed at a fundraiser for the preservation of the Makli necropolis at a local hotel on Saturday night. The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in partnership with the Embassy of the United States of America brought the trio to Pakistan. The Karachi event was the start of a series of nationwide concerts.

Ambassador Gajus Scheltema of The Netherlands said that he was proud to bring a Dutch-US-Japanese jazz trio to Pakistan. They demonstrate the creative energy emanating from a fusion of musicians from the continents.

This was also underlined by the US Consul General in Karachi, Michael Dodman, who said that these “music ambassadors” are incredibly effective exchange participants because music is a common language and has the power to connect people from different backgrounds and cultures. The intercontinental jazz trio exemplifies this idea of diverse people coming together to create harmony and music.

The delightful performance was followed by a brief presentation by Ambassador Scheltema on the early presence of Dutch traders in Sind. He also underlined the importance of keeping the Islamic heritage in Pakistan alive and restoring the wonderful early Islamic architecture of Makli. The Netherlands have been contributing to this end and will continue to support this important potential tourist attraction.

The Heritage Foundation of Pakistan gave a brief presentation on the Makli Necropolis which is one of the largest graveyards in the world, approximately 98 km east of Karachi. It is a collection of important architecture of some 125,000 local rulers, Sufi saints and others.

The CEO of the Foundation, Yasmin Lari, expressed her gratitude to the Dutch Embassy for promoting the preservation of our national heritage.

The intercontinental jazz trio has been touring since 1995. The inaugural tour took place in Europe, with concerts all over the Netherlands, Germany and Poland. Switching drummers in 1997, the group played 23 concerts in 21 days in the Netherlands.

The intercontinental jazz trio gets its name from the fact that each member hails from a different continent. Representing North America, Tim Armacost plays saxophone. From Europe, Joris Teepe is the foundation laying bassist and the band’s virtuoso drummer, Shingo Okudaira, is the delegate from Asia.

The group shares a love for the tradition of jazz music, and although initially meeting elsewhere, they started playing together in New York City, where each member relocated in the early ’90′s to pursue their dreams of mastering the language of jazz.

The band is currently celebrating the second printing of their debut CD “Live at the Bimhuis”, recorded in the Netherlands on one of their first tours together.