Karachi (DP NEWS) – In keeping with press launch, U.S. Consulate Normal Karachi had a uncommon deal with for music lovers: Grupo Fantasma’s pulsating Latin Funk. “What a present!” mentioned Public Affairs Officer Li Ping Lo. “The viewers right here at Indus Valley College of Artwork and Structure liked the band’s distinctive fusion music. It’s actually fantastic to see this degree of enthusiasm.” Grupo Fantasma is visiting Pakistan courtesy of the U.S. Embassy.
“I actually take pleasure in these cultural exchanges,” mentioned Appearing Consul Normal Chad Peterson. “Music is a good way to convey collectively folks of all cultures, ages and pursuits.” The U.S. State Division has supported numerous comparable initiatives in Pakistan, he mentioned. Up to now yr, the U.S. Consulate Normal has introduced the Ari Roland jazz quartet, U.S. saxophonist Lee Redfield, Grace McClean and Them Apples (country-themed rock) and the Kentucky Winders (bluegrass).
Entrance and middle of those efforts is the U.S. State Division’s $1 million grant to the Nationwide Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) and College of Texas Austin’s (UTA) Butler College of Music. The mission helps develop composition, instrumental and vocals in addition to pupil and school exchanges between the 2 establishments.
Grupo Fantasma is a nine-piece, Grammy Awardwinning Latin funk orchestra from Austin, Texas. In 2011, it received a Grammy for its self–produced launch “El Existential.” Grupo Fantasma has appeared in AMC’s Breaking Dangerous, the John Sayles’ movie Casa de losBabys, Showtime’s hit collection Weeds, ABC’s Ugly Betty, NBC’s Regulation & Order and plenty of others. It has served as a backup band for Prince (ALMA Awards on ABC, Golden Globes, CBS Tremendous Bowl Bash), Fania AllStars pianist Larry Harlow, Sheila–E, GZA of Wu–Tang Clan and indie rock standouts Spoon.
Grupo Fantasma has the next 9 members: Jose Galeano (timbales, vocals), Kino Esparza (vocals, hand percussion), Beto Martinez (guitar), Greg Gonzalez (bass), John Speice (drums), Matthew “Candy Lou” Holmes (congas), Gilbert Elorreaga (trumpet), Josh Levy (baritone saxophone) and Mark “Speedy” Gonzales (trombone).