Pakistani Fusion Band and American Jazz Quartet Perform for Peace

Posted: October 4, 2011 by jerkmag in BLARE -- music
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With all the business and gimmicks associated with the current state of the music industry, it’s very easy to lose sight of why we listen to music. Music is powerful; music can reflect our emotions, change our emotions, and even give us new perspectives. What does Pakistani fusion band, “Fuzön,” have in common with a Jazz Quartet from New York City? It’s not a riddle. The answer is nothing, yet the two groups came together for one of the greatest music collaborations of all time.

“Fuzön” could very easily fit in with an alternative band from the United States with everything from the emphasis on the acoustic guitar to the light, but significant lyrics, and even the styles and themes of the music videos. With the proper exposure they could be just as popular to those indie hipsters as Icelandic band, Sigur Rós.

Jazz is a very American style of music. Since its origin, Jazz has maintained its essence far greater than many other American music genres. The style of the Ari Roland Jazz Quartet is almost exactly what you would expect from a Jazz band. Because the band is heavily influenced by early to mid 20th century Jazz, you won’t find anything too out of the ordinary in their music. The band consists of a bassist, a percussionist and two saxophonists.

Despite their cultural and stylistic differences, the harmony of these two bands sought to inspire reconciliation between the two countries with a joint performance last week. I am very curious to see how the two very different groups came together to celebrate their differences, especially through their song “Friendship is Life and Life is Beautiful,” which the two groups recorded together.

-A.J. Allen


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