Pearl by Rez Abbasi
My introduction to Daniel Pearl came about in the same way it did for most around the world, through the media. I specifically remember playing guitar on the sofa while lightly watching the news. Since drama is perpetuated in the news, I often become numb to the many variations of death and devastation that comprise it. For me, this night was different.
When I heard Daniel's name and what had happened to him in Karachi, Pakistan, I became stiff and immediately disconnected with my surroundings. Not only was this the first time I heard anything about Pakistan on primetime news, but also it was coupled with a cold-blooded killing! At that point, the media mostly covered Afghanistan due to 9/11, so hearing this particular tragic event shocked me. I should probably mention that I was born in Karachi, Pakistan. We left when I was 4 and ever since, I've integrated fully as an American Citizen. Infact, I think I'm the only fully, Pakistani born Jazz musician in the world, and Buddhist at that.
Soon, I began preparing my 4th recording, Snake Charmer. Still very much touched by the events, I dedicated what I think constitutes a musical foil or connection to the events that occurred with Daniel. Aptly named "Pearl", the piece moves through a number of emotions that are magnified through improvisation. Words can never express musical content and so I would simply ask you to listen with Daniel in mind. Thank You.