The Ensemble proposes a series of two hour concerts and workshops conducted during visits to Muslim community centers, schools, colleges, mosques or other gathering places throughout the US. The concerts and discussions are of the highest quality classical music from the Muslim world (especially the countries of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and India) sung by renowned vocalist Humayun Khan, followed by an east-west fusion repertoire with original compositions by fusioneer extraordinaire Broto Roy, where western instruments such as guitar, piano and an original blend of eastern and western music are showcased.
Round table discussions after the concerts target the younger members of the communities - those in the 16 - 45 year old range. The goal of this project is the prevention of radicalization through cultural outreach and discussion throughout the US. We endeavor to create bridges, not walls, between the much beleaguered Muslim minority and the larger populace. This Ensemble will perform music which is representative of a diverse America, using multiculturalism as an identity and evidenced by the members being a Moslem vocalist Humayun Khan, a Hindu drummer Broto Roy, a Jewish keyboard player (Harry Appelman), a Christian bassist (Steve Zerlin), a Japanese American drummer (Leland Nakamura), and a Buddhist guitarist (Doug Cuomo).
We in the ensemble are proud to be American citizens who have served the DC, Maryland and Virginia communities for the last 3 decades. We consider ourselves blessed to live in America with freedoms provided by the constitution, bill of rights and the law. We believe in the American dream and want to do our part to shape this democracy so that our children and grandchildren can live in a secure America, trying to make peace - which is difficult - within the world. With our multiculturalism and diversity, soft diplomacy is the method by which we will build bridges. With adequate funding and support, acceptance will come.
The musical authority demonstrated from the stage is the opening positive message. We understand the different contexts and realize how vital it is to spread the message of tolerance, especially in these times because despair and racism breed antisocial behavior and extremism. Sometimes this culture is biased towards force rather than cultivation through art and culture. It is our belief is that the only way to conquer extremism is through art, culture and music.