‘Ud-player Kamal Hors makes light chamber music: music without boundaries in which melodies lead to the creation of a musical soul that appeals to feelings. With the new compositions he combines various scales with bouncy irregular rhythms and space for improvisation.
Michiel Hollanders presents three new compositions, which reflect his fascination with instruments and music from Greece. In particular, the pentatonic scale and the 7/8 rhythms from the traditional music from Epirus, where he lives, are leading. Hollanders plays laouto and gitarron.
The talented Mohamed Ahaddaf has put his energy into developing the technique of the ‘ud. His new creation ‘Ana W’inta’, which means ‘You and I’, is a promising project with an impressive palette of sounds.
Aziz Sahmaoui & kwartet
The second part of the program focuses on the modern gnawa-musician Aziz Sahmaoui. He was a big hit with Orchestre National de Barbès and University of Gnawa. Sahmaoui performs work from his new album with the traditional instruments ngoni (sentir), mandole, guitar, bass guitar and percussion. Together they create a groovy sound full of emotions and variations. The second set, together with the Marmoucha Orchestra, takes the audience to a melting pot of North African music styles with Western harmony, in which singing and improvisation predominate.
As a grand finale, all participating musicians play an exciting work by Sahmaoui together.