ISLAMABAD – The US Embassy in partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands sponsored the visit of the International Jazz Trio for a three-city, three-concert tour in Pakistan.The trio’s performance here at Kuch Khaas on Monday marked the group’s second concert of the tour; with its final show scheduled for Lahore on March 6.  Playing in front of an energetic audience, the trio performed a selection of popular and original jazz, and engaged the crowd with its unique style.“Jazz is America’s oldest form of music diplomacy, and we are very excited to work with our Dutch colleagues to bring you this concert,” remarked Peter Brennan, the U.S. Embassy’s Minister Counselor for Public Affairs, who opened the evening’s festivities.  “Music is something that transcends differences and brings people together,” he continued.  After the concert, the Trio met with several talented Pakistani musicians and discussed ways in which music can be used to bridge cultures.  “When foreign musicians come to Pakistan, it shows them a side of the country others rarely get to see, which is very important for bringing people together,” said musician Zeejah Fazil, owner of The Rock Musicarium. The Intercontinental Jazz Trio’s visit to Pakistan is the latest in a series of America’s long-running programs to engage Pakistan’s talented musical community.  In November 2012, the Embassy hosted the all-female bluegrass band, Della Mae, which performed across Pakistan, volunteered with local NGOs, and recorded a “friendship song” with the Lahore-based rock group Laal.