Multiversity Kick-off concert:
DHAFER YOUSSEF QUARTET
la magie continue…
National Theatre in Belgrade, Main stage
Belgrade, September 24th 2015
Dhafer Youssef has used his ancient instrument to explore jazz, classical, and blues, in addition to the classical and folk music of the Middle East, North Africa, and Mediterranean regions.
Dhafer Youssef is one of the most highly respected and influential virtuosi of the oud, vocalist and composer. His unique talent has been recognized all over the world wining him Award for World Music by BBC Radio 3 in 2003.
Following to the successful 2014 tour (more than 35,000 tickets sold), Dhafer Youssef is starting one of the most promising Jazz and World Music tour in Europe this year. His latest album “Birds Requiem” stayed 445 days in the top 100 of the Jazz Album on Amazon, and video “concert in Izmir” has reached 300,000 views on You Tube.
But the most important with Dhafer are not the numbers, but the Music! His unique voice, the subtile alchemy of his cosmopolite influences, his charisma, make every concert an unique et amazing experience. Welcome on Board, come to join the Magic of Dhafer Youssef!
Dhafer Youssef is best described by a quote from The Guardian: ’’The Tunisian-born singer and oud (Arabic lute) player has a voice one reviewer thought “could stop wars”, not least in its jaw-dropping falsetto. Though it echoes Arabic origins, and was honed by singing the call to prayer down a toy megaphone, Youssef’s voice has travelled far from it origins.’’
He has 10 studio albums and collaboration with best musicians from all over the world.
Dhafer Youssef Quartet features Dhafer Youssef, oud, voice (Tunisia), Kristjan Randalu, piano (Estonia), Phil Donkin, bass (United Kingdom) and Ferenc Nemeth, drums (Hungary).
Kristjan Randalu, Estonia
According to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, “Kristjan Randalu establishes himself as part of an elite group of specifically European jazz musicians.”
Estonian pianist Kristjan Randalu has been dubbed “a dazzling piano player” by Herbie Hancock.
Phil Donkin, United Kingdom
Phil Donkin has risen to become one of the premier European bassists of his generation. He performed with: Quincy Jones, Roger Kellaway, Eddie Henderson, John Abercrombie, Marc Copland, Bill Stewart, Greg Osby, Kurt Rosenwinkel. Phil has played on over 50 recordings as a sideman both in Europe and the U.S, on various labels.
Ferenc Nemeth, Hungary
Ferenc is an accomplished and versatile musician who continues to push the boundaries of jazz drumming and composition. He has played with musicians such as: Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Christian Mcbride, John Patitucci, Joshua Redman, Dave Samuels, Mark Turner, Ron Mcclure, Chris Cheek, Aaron Goldberg… Nemeth’s “Night Songs” was nominated for the 7th Annual Independent Music Awards for Jazz Album of the year.