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

 Mahmoud Chouki

From the age of eight, Chouki trained at the Conservatory of Larache in northern Morocco and continued on at the National Conservatory in Rabat, with a focus in music theory and classical guitar. At the age of eighteen, he won first prize in the International Guitar Competition in St. Esteban del Puerto, Spain. Soon after graduating, Chouki embarked on a journey throughout Morocco with a keen interest in traditional instruments of the Maghreb and Africa.

 

Chouki’s projects have led him to perform around the world, such as the Magic Lutes Concerts with composer Hughes de Courson and the Symphonic Orchestras in Qatar; Magic Lutes Concerts with composer Hughes de Courson and the Symphonic Orchestras in Bahrain; Pireneos Sur Festival in Sallent de Gallego, Spain; Snug Harbor in New Orleans, USA; Cafe de la Danse, Paris, France; Gwangju world music festival, South Korea; Sala Radio, Bucharest, Romania … and Safar music series at the New Orleans Museum of Art

 

As artistic director of Rencontre Orient-Occident at Chateau Mercier in Sierre, Switzerland, Chouki organizes annual artist residencies, bringing together master musicians from the East and West. For one week they share and explore each other’s styles and cultures through music and experiences, which culminates in a final concert. He also currently teaches music at the Lycee Francais de la Nouvelle Orléans, and is Music Curator for monthly music programs at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Most recently Chouki composed the film score for the 2021 Sundance award winning film, Ma Belle, My Beauty (directed by New Orleans based filmmaker Marion Hill). In 2021, he was awarded 2020’s “Best Emerging Artist” by Offbeat Magazine’s Best of the Beat Awards.