Lahore, Pakistan was once a haven and a muse for musicians, artists, and poets, but in recent history, Islamization, ethnic divisions, war and corruption have torn apart the cultural fabric of Pakistan. In 2004, the Sachal Studios were created as a space for traditional music in a nation that had rejected its musical roots, and a number of master musicians quietly released some classical and folk albums. But it is an experimental album fusing jazz and South Asian instruments that brings Sachal Studios worldwide acclaim. Wynton Marsalis invites them to New York to perform with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in a remarkable concert. Despite their rising international acclaim, Sachal Studios remains virtually unknown in Pakistan. The ensemble is faced with the daunting task of reinvigorating an art that has lost its space in Pakistan's narrowing cultural sphere.


Wynton Marsalis