Although named after a Sufi poet, it hasn’t always been harmonious at Sachal studios. Take Five has done so well because it was something new and well-played. The film industry died, television was taken over by primitive authoritarian entities, and our great musicians were left without patronage. The cull forced many musicians into less lyrical trades, where they remained in obscurity for decades. Order by newest oldest recommendations.
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“Sachal Jazz” – Sachal Studios Orchestra, Lahore
The rich strains of eastern music have for centuries wafted across the rooftops of old Lahore. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Pursuing music rather than promotion, Majeed had done little to push the jazz album until a BBC interview propelled it into the charts 10 days ago. Recording at premises on the edge of Lahore’s walled city, the strong orchestra mixes local legends with musicians recently enticed out of retirement, some from lives of poverty.
Majeed found his cello player running a tea stall; others were selling clothes or electrical parts. In the beginning, rival musicians competed ferociously against one another, Majeed recalled.
Several hundred musicians, employed to record film scores, lost their jobs. Take Five – sm Single: Few knew much about jazz before. And now I want to live music,” said irrepressible flautist Abbas. Jazz South and Central Asia news. Then he pointed to a new fridge, DVD player and wooden bed. Please download one of our supported browsers. So is growing conservatism — some Sachal musicians said they dared not practise at home, fearing they could offend pious neighbours.
Foreign travel is difficult and at home extremist violence has made concerts rare.
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Sacbal Ali’s fere has been transformed. Hundreds of musicians, employed to record film scores, lost their jobs and went on to ply less lyrical trades: Such high hopes, and the Buena Vista comparisons, may be difficult to live up to; Majeed worries his musicians will not even get visas to leave Pakistan. At his home — a cramped two-room dwelling he shares with his wife, daughter and ailing year-old mother — he lovingly lifted his cloth-wrapped violin from a case on the mo3.
Although named after a Sufi poet, it hasn’t always been harmonious at Sachal studios. And it remains little known, even inside Pakistan. The inspiration behind the Sachal Jazz Ensemble and a wider Sachal project is London- based businessman-turned-studio boss Izzat Majeed. Your current browser isn’t compatible with SoundCloud. The confidence boost is urgently needed.
Take Five has done so well because it was something new and well-played. Loading comments… Trouble loading?
The piece has brought praise from jazz greats — Brubeck, 90, says it is “the most interesting” version of Take Five he’s ever heard — and propelled the orchestra’s album towards the top of the iTunes jazz charts in the US and UK.
Under a cloud of growing conservatism, some Sachal musicians said they dared not practise at home, fearing they could studis pious neighbours. The song’s video has attracted a flood of internet hits, an Oscar-nominated Hollywood producer wants to make a documentary, and concerts are planned for the UK and US this winter.
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The album, which includes versions of The Girl from Ipanema, Misty and Desafinado, reached the top 10 in both countries. And the buzz is building. Now you might hear something new: As the son of a hobbyist film producer, Majeed felt the loss personally.