Karachi—The Ari Roland Jazz Quartet brought smiles to the faces of 250 young children from Karachi’s Dar Ul Khushnud and Trinity Methodist schools. For many of the youngsters, the concert was their first experience with live American music. The U.S. State Department, which paid for the band to visit Pakistan, is working with the Foundation for Arts Culture and Education (FACE) to connect musicians in both countries and to build people-to-people ties through music and cultural exchanges.
“Love for music crosses borders and languages,” said Griffin Rozell, Cultural Attaché, U.S. Consulate General Karachi. “Jazz is a unique American art form, but it has found devotees across the world. We are delighted to share the Ari Roland Jazz Quartet’s remarkable talent with a new audience.” During its visit to Karachi, the Ari Roland Jazz Quartet also held a workshop with NAPA students as well as interactive sessions with Access English-language Microscholarship students.
“The U.S. Department of State has long been a generous supporter of artistic and cultural endeavors in Pakistan,” said Mr. Rozell. “We are working to building bridges with students and young people. A big thanks to Reverend Sadiq Daniel and Zafar Iqbal for their assistance in setting up this concert.”