Magic Spirit Quartet
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Majid Bekkas has his roots in North African music and a long experience in jazz, which makes him a unique musician who masters both traditional music and modern improvisation. He shared the stage with Joachim Kühn, Pharaoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Klaus Doldinger, Bassekou Kouyate and many others.
Goran Kajfeš draws his music in very different genres, weaves his sounds from Africa and the Middle East with futuristic jazz impulses marked by classical minimalism. His double album X / Y had been proclaimed as the best jazz album of 2012 by The Independent (UK).
Jesper Nordenström, the keyboard genius, has long been a member of Goran Kajfeš Subtropic Arkestra and played with all the actors of the Swedish music scene.
Drummer Stefan Pasborg is one of Denmark's most brilliant jazz musicians. He had great success with projects such as Ibrahim Electric, Firebirds and his duet with African kora player Dawda Jobarteh.
Majid Bekkas – Guembri, Oud, Vocal
Goran Kajfeš – Trumpet
Jesper Nordenström – Keyboard
Stefan Pasborg – Drums
Alaa Zouiten is a Moroccan-German oud player, composer and curater of various musical fusion projects and festivals.
In 2012, Alaa released his debut album "Hada Makan". With a grant from the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Alaa worked on his second album "Talking Oud" in 2015. The oud speaks different musical languages and only the beauty of the music counts! The result was a fascinating mix of Arabic-andalusian and Jazz-rock.
His new album "Aficionado" will be released in Europe in March 2023 and in the North American territory during this upcoming tour.
Aficionado is the fulfillment of a dream: since Alaa Zouiten discovered flamenco through the grandmaster Paco de Lucía, he always persued the dream of combining it with the music of his North African Moorish roots.
Flamenco palos are the source of his inspiration and the musical form in which he expresses himself accross cultures. Thus, a "fandango" may well pave the way for an ancient Andalousian "nuba" song, a "tango" may sound rhythmically North Afican and harmonically jazzy, or an Arabic "Samaï" may lead to a "solea flamenca". The boundaries fall and clear the horizon for a festive musical experience where the musicians become one with the audience - for the beauty of music!
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