The critically acclaimed #Belgium based music band HIJAZ is back to London's St Martin-in-the-Fields as part of the *I AM exhibition a visual celebration of the crucial role that #MiddleEastern women play in the enduring global quest for a more harmonious and peaceful future.
Hijaz is an Arabic musical scale but also holds a clear reference to jazz. Based around the dialogue between the oud and the piano, between reason and feeling, Hijaz is a close quartet exploring differences and similarities in cultures in order to create harmony, warmth and musical beauty.
Hijaz was formed in 2004, and sprung from the collaboration between Tunisian master oud player Moufadhel Adhoum and Greek-Belgian pianist Niko Deman. Hijaz is the marriage of the piano, great instrument from the Western musical tradition, with the stringed instrument that has become synonymous with the Middle East, the oud. Both musicians discovered a shared passion for Mediterranean genres and musical improvisation and decided to work on an instrumental project based around the dialogue and symbiosis between the East and the West.
For the musicians of Hijaz jazz is not a genre but rather an approach towards music. It is an open attitude, a certain kind of musicianship that witholds a flexibility to dive into different musical worlds wherever they come from.
Where Niko had to incorporate previously unknown Arabic scales and polyrhythms, Moufadhel had to adjust his way of playing to the harmonious challenges of the piano. Being both terrific musicians and good friends, over the years, they succeeded in the task.
— Moufadhel Adhoum (Tunisia ) – Oud
— Niko Deman(Greece- Belgium) – Piano
— Ben Faes (Belgium) – Double bass
— Chryster Aerts (Belgium) – Percussion
A special guest Abir Nasraoui — عبير النصراوي Tunisia).
Classical trained, performer distinguished of great classic songs of Arabic music, Abir Nasraoui enriches constantly the rhythms and melodies of his musical culture with her many artistic collaborations. Author and gifted singer, she weaves on the most prestigious stages a subtle universe, nuanced, at the crossroads between Arabic songs and world music, intimate witness of a double influence, that is constantly feeds by a passion always confirmed for the song.
Tickets: £15 General Admission
In Association with I AM:
I AM is a peacebuilding art exhibition organised by CARAVAN designed to address stereotypes and challenge misconceptions of the ‘other’ by visually celebrating of the crucial role that Middle Eastern women play in the enduring global quest for a more harmonious and peaceful future. Featuring 31 premier Middle Eastern women contemporary artists from 12 countries, the I AM exhibition showcases the insights and experiences of Middle Eastern women as they confront issues of culture, religion and social reality in a rapidly changing world both in the Middle East and West.
I AM will be showcased at St Martin-in-the-Fields on Trafalgar Sqare in London from Sunday 2 July – Sunday 20 August 2017 (in the Crypt Foyer and Gallery).
For more information see: oncaravan.org/i-am-exhibition
CARAVAN is an international peacebuilding arts NGO that originated out of Cairo, Egypt that uses the arts to build bridges of friendship, understanding, sharing and respect between the creeds and cultures of the Middle East and the West. CARAVAN annually host a major traveling East-West peacebuilding art exhibition that begins in the Middle East and travels to the West, which brings together premier artists from throughout the Middle East and sometimes West around a theme promoting peace and harmony. You can learn about us at: oncaravan.org.
Produced by Arts Canteen in association with CARAVAN Arts & Zephyrus Records