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Rabih Abou-Khalil

The oud virtuoso Rabih Abou Khalil was born in Beirut Lebanon in 1957 and grew up during the two decades when Beirut was on of the most cosmopolitan of all cities. He studied traditional Arabic music on the oud, western classical music on the flute and was exposed at home to both rock and jazz. In 1978 he moved to Munich Germany due to the Lebanese civil war and continued his study of classical flute. In fact he played flute on his first albumcalled Compositions & Improvisations recorded in 1981 but shortly afterwards he switched to the oud which he plays on all his subsequent recordings. The oud is a traditional Arab musical instrument and is the predecessor to both the lute and the guitar. It looks like a lute with 5-6 double strings of either nylon or gut

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Enjoy Jazz 2019

Read "Enjoy Jazz 2019" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Alte Feuerwache and other venues Enjoy Jazz And More Mannheim, Heidelberg, Ludwigshafen, Germany October 27--November 1, 15-16, 2019 Enjoy Jazz And More this year lead me through two sections of its seven-week concert-series in October/November, with a great diversity of concerts ranging from seasoned German clarinet master Rolf Kühn to advanced ...

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Refugee Music in Europe: Migration, Asylum, Soundroutes, and Arab Jams

Read "Refugee Music in Europe: Migration, Asylum, Soundroutes, and Arab Jams" reviewed by Arthur R George

World conflicts do not spare musicians. They are among the millions of displaced persons upon the planet. A refugee assistance organization in Europe which has assisted hundreds said an accurate total is impossible to know; one estimate put the number into the thousands. Many had been privileged in their home countries, highly-educated, middle class or more. ...

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A to JazZ Festival 2019

Read "A to JazZ Festival 2019" reviewed by Ian Patterson

A to JazZ Festival 2019 South Park II Sofia, Bulgaria July 5-7, 2019 Jazz on a summer's day. There's nothing quite like it. To see Sofia's South Park II packed with somewhere between fifteen and twenty thousand people for three days of jazz, where a veritable sea of good vibes ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Marja Mortensson: Mojhtestasse

Read "Mojhtestasse" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The passing on of musical tradition is fundamental to any culture, but so too is innovation, which breathes new life into old ways. Mojhtestasse, the second album by Norwegian south Saami singer Marja Mortensson, continues her revival of the yoik tradition--a unique, chant-like vocalisation--that has been dormant in her family for several generations. Mortensson's wordless chant-cum-improvisations ...

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Jazz Migration 2018

Read "Jazz Migration 2018" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Le Dynamo-Banlieu BleueJazz Migration Paris December 3, 2018 Selection/support of talent Jazz Migration started in 2002 to foster, accompany and support the professional career of selected young talent in jazz. Coaching is an important aspect of it and at the core stands the organization and procurement of concerts, nationally and internationally, ...

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European Jazz Conference Lisbon 2018: Portuguese showcases

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Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB); Livraria Ler Devagar European Jazz Conference Lisbon 2018 Lisbon, Portugal September 13-15, 2018 European Jazz Conference Lisbon 2018: Portuguese showcases This year's annual European Jazz Conference, a convention organized by the European Jazz Network, took place at Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB) in the Portuguese capital ...

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Anouar Brahem: Blue Maqams

Read "Blue Maqams" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Fin dal suo disco d'esordio (Barzakh del 1991, pubblicato, come tutti i successivi lavori, dalla ECM e preceduto solo da alcune cassette autoprodotte) il compositore e suonatore di oud tunisino Anouar Brahem è stato tra i principali esponenti di una musica a cavallo tra Medio Oriente e Occidente, cercando una fusione tra musica araba, improvvisazione jazzistica ...

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European Jazz Conference 2017

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European Jazz Conference 2017 Cankarjev dom jny: Ljubljana, Slovenia September 21-24, 2017 The snow-capped mountains flanking Ljubljana form a natural border between Slovenia and Italy and provided a picturesque backdrop to the 4th annual European Jazz Conference. For the record two hundred and twenty conference attendees [Europe Jazz Network members ...

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November Music 2016

Read "November Music 2016" reviewed by Henning Bolte

November Music s'Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands November 11-13, 2016 November Music is a yearly festival, founded in 1993. It is held in the medieval town of s'-Hertogenbosch, in the southeast part of The Netherlands. s'-Hertogenbosch (also called Den Bosch) was the hometown of well-known Dutch painter Jheronimus Bosch (1450-1516) who died 500 years ...


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