The Sangat ensemble was made possible by a grant of nearly $1 million from the US Department of State/United States Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan as part of a partnership between Pakistan’s National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) and  the University of Texas at Austin’s South Asia Institute (SAI). A total of 12 scholars from NAPA visited the BSOM during the duration of the partnership to work with the school’s faculty members and students.

SANGAT "Moon of the 15th" (Youtube)
SANGAT "Moon of the 15th" (Facebook)

SANGAT "Karachi to Austin" (Youtube)
SANGAT "Karachi To Austin" (Facebook)

Sangat "Testimonial #1 March 2016" (Youtube)
Sangat "Testimonial #1 March 2016" (Facebook)


“Syrinx”  is a piece  for solo flute composed by Claude Debussy in 1913.

"Syrinx" (Youtube)
"Syrinx" (Facebook)


“Softly as in a Morning Sunrise” is a jazz standard composed by Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein II performed here in Austin TX with Pakistani guitarist Arsalan Pervaiz.

"Softly as in a Morning Sunrise" (Youtube)
"Softly as in a Morning Sunrise" (Facebook)

“Breakout” is an original composition by Pakistani guitarist and music educator Arsalan Pervaiz in collaboration with Lee Redfield and Nigel Bobby. The song was recorded in 2014 while Arsalan and Nigel were visiting The University of Texas at Austin as representatives of (NAPA) National Academy of Performing Arts.

"BREAKOUT" (Facebook)

“BREAKOUT” (Youtube)
“Take Five” is a jazz standard that was composed by Paul Desmond and originally recorded by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. It is performed here with Waqas Gulab on tabla and Arsalan Pervaiz on guitar.

"Take Five" (Youtube)
"Take Five" (Facebook)

“Sheesha” Was produced in collaboration with Ali Pervez Mehdi

"Sheesha" (Youtube)
"Sheesha (Facebook)


“Dil Mein Ab Yul” Was produced in collaboration with Ali Pervez Mehdi

"Dil Mein Ab Yul" (Youtube)
"Dil Mein Ab Yul" (Facebook)


Taka Doom is an Austin based group that combines aspects of Hindustani, Karnatak, Turkish, and Arabic classical music in an improvisational jazz fusion context.

"Longa Nahawaned" (Youtube) 
"Lamma bada Yatathanna" (Youtube)


This short film is a documentary about African representation in the city of Austin. Abou Sylla and Ibrahim Aminou Perform with their music groups and Ibrahim explains the griot tradition. Produced by Lee Redfield

"Sahara Lounge and the Griot Tradition" documentary (Youtube)
"Sahara Lounge and the griot tradition" documentary (Facebook)

This is a live performance with the Austin based African fusion group Zoumountchi.
Zoumountchi at Austin Peace Concert @ VUKA Austin 2013 (Youtube)