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Thursday, April 23, 2015

SONG OF LAHORE

A Tribeca Film Festival 2015 Selection

By D.E. Levine

Broad Green Pictures has offered an exceptional documentary directed by Shameen Obaid-Chinoy and Andy Schocken.

The city of Lahore, Pakistan has been famous for its music since the time of Pakistan independence.  When Pakistan became Ismalized in the 1970s most of the music was banned and it became increasingly difficult for musicians to continue to practice and play.

A group of very brave musicians has continued to play at Sachal Studios in Lahore and they have become world-reknown for their experimental music which fuses traditional music with contemporary Western innovation and flare.

When their rendition of Dave Brubeck's 'Take Five' attracts the attention of Wynton Marsalis, they are invited to play at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Highlighting their difficulty in practice and playing at home, the film traces their uplifting endeavors to culturally preserve their music and their heritage and to inspire global listeners.

Further, it shows them risking their own safety to travel to the USA, to practice and then perform with Marsalis and his band, the Jazz.