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Full display of jazz power at Dhahran’s Arabian Jazz Music Festival

On a humid Friday night, the Dhahran Expo, where people have been vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine over the past year, had another cure, music.

The auditorium, lined with gorgeous white seats, faces a large stage of ouds, saxophones and songs, and the first Arabian Jazz Music Festival in Shargia, hosted by the Music Commission and the Ministry of Culture of Saudis, has begun.

The lineup consists of the most famous jazz musicians and composers in the Middle East and beyond, including the award-winning German Jazz Music Award-winning oudmaster Rabih Abou-Kalil in Lebanon, Germany. rice field. The Bands Across Borders Ensemble is a supergroup featuring leading Arab world musicians and top vocalists, instrumentalists, jazz, pop and rock musicians, with legendary European musicians and renowned Jordanian artist Aziz Maraqa jazz. It is managed by the performance of the orchestra. The most famous Arabic song in the area.

The two-day event featured Egyptian oud master and award-winning Hazem Shaheen in a new jazz formation. He also played Muhammad Abu Zecri, best known as the youngest officially recognized Arab oudmaster at the age of 14, and is now the founder of France’s most vibrant jazz ensemble. .. This lineup supports the rising stars of the Saudi music scene, including the Bahraini and Saudi fusion band, Majazz, Saudi band, Alfa Rabbi, the Saudi National Music Group featuring the kingdom’s finest traditional music, and Dammam’s own jazz fusion band. Was done. ,mosaic.

I couldn’t see, but could hear, the collective sound of clapping and fingering in time with the rhythm of the audience.

Dammam’s own local jazz fusion band had no words or lyrics, and they beat each other gently, allowing listeners to fill the gap with their own feelings and words. With a clear Khaliji-Latin-American influence, their set felt almost like a collage or soundtrack of the sounds of the day. Sometimes bright and easy to dance, but also melancholy, reflexive and slow.

The Magazz Bahrain band, known for what is called “earth music,” came from Bahrain across the bridge. The sound was exaggerated and muffled with a rock-inspired melody, and the sound was also a unique Khaliji, with a lot of applause. The stage lights also played an important role in pulsing to the beat of the music, illuminating the space with the audience instinctively clapping their hands and clapping their knees.

The event started fashionably early — almost an hour earlier than planned.

Fawaz Baassam, a local band member and mosaic leader who also plays keys, was embarrassed and excited after the show. Playing in a larger venue was what the band wanted when they formed many years ago, but when they started, or even just a few weeks ago, they stood on stage in their hometown. It looked like there was.

“The festival is wonderful. I’m really happy that it happened. And I’m really happy that it happened in Dhahran and Dammam where we grew up and live, because it’s always in the big cities. It’s always Riyadh. Is in Jeddah, “he told Arab News.

Band member and bass guitarist Saud Al-Ashikh also reiterated that the band needed to get up in a hurry and jump on the opportunity to come to them without prior notice. The collaboration between Majaz and Mosaic on stage took place on the spot, and the organizers joked that they only had to spend 20 minutes to stall for the next performer, so they went up to the stage and put the instrument on the spot. I moved it with. They said the city had only received approval to host the festival two weeks ago and improvised enthusiastically with a true jazz spirit.

“This happened soon. Five years ago, I didn’t expect the Arab Jazz Music Festival to be held soon. Or two weeks! Literally two weeks ago, I didn’t expect this. I’m really happy, “Alashik told Arab News.

Self-proclaimed “music lover” Ahmed Hindash moved to Kovar during a pandemic and has since sought to connect with the Šargija creative community. As a Jordanian, he jumped at the opportunity to listen to live music played by a local band to better experience Saudi Arabian culture. He happened to come across a post about the festival while scrolling through Instagram and immediately booked tickets for both days — for himself and his friends. During the opening night performance, he had to keep clapping his hands with his feet.

“I’m a big fan of drums and I always enjoy seeing a drummer in front of me. I just go into the flow of music and into the tempo of music. McJazz, they are reggae, Playing this fusion of Moroccan style, reggae and Bahrain music, all this fusion really picks up the whole atmosphere. It’s definitely a unique band I’m looking forward to seeing them again. ” Dash told Arab News.

It was undoubtedly the recurring theme of the night for the audience to use their hands to express their gratitude.

While talking to Arab News, Mayas fully agreed.

“There’s something about applause, I don’t know — anyone can do it, and it’s like you don’t need any kind of rhythmic knowledge. It’s for every human being. It’s essentially like an accessory. You know how to applaud. And now that I’m actually thinking, I think it’s a very powerful aspect of our kind of music. “Majazz guitarist and vocalist Hamed Arsade told Arab News.

“We want the audience to feel they are part of this. We want them to immerse themselves in all this. And that’s the beauty of the live show. Yes, be part of the band with us. Let’s play and applaud together, “Alsaid said.

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