Jan Wouter Oostenrijk
Jan Wouter Oostenrijk
Jazz legends like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington en Dizzy Gillespie introduced Arabic flavours in compositions such as Night in Tunesia, Caravan en Nardis, mainly played on western instruments. These are songs that are still played everywhere and are famous all over the world. The Arab world, often hard to get access to for the western world, has its own strong authentic music culture, that also entered the Maghreb countries of Northern-Africa. Here we'll find Arab music mixed with the music of local Berber tribes, with west- and middle African music and with bedouine music culture. Maghreb derives from the Arab word Gharb, wich means the western part of the Islamic world seen from Mekka, often specified as Morroco, Algeria and Tunesia. As a result of large migration movements last decades from Maghreb countries mainly to Europe, a good environment is created for developing new musical crossovers such as Maghreb jazz. France seems to be ahead and has cause of it's colonial past the most direct connections with Maghreb countries.
But also in the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, the U.S and other countrys excellent crossovers occur. For more information about leading artists in the Maghreb jazz crossover: http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.ListAll&friendID=128573895 about Jan Wouter Oostenrijk (JWO) Virtuoso Dutch guitar player Jan Wouter Oostenrijk completed his professional Jazz guitar studies at the conservatory of Amsterdam as student of Wim Overgaauw in 1995. Beside that he got a degree for classical guitar and took lessons in Flamenco music and Arabic melody. On stage he developed into a great player and his music shows us all corners of the world. At the open university he also studied Arabic language which enables him to express himself and sing in the Northafrican dialect. JWO was part of succesful Moroccan formations like Raïland (winner “Gouden Notenkraker “ award in 1996 ) en Noujoum Raï.
Nowadays he plays with his own formation and combines his experiences with the Northafrican music-culture with his own European roots. JWO’s guitar playing is melting excellent with Arabic Sharki, Raï and Chaâby. Together with his band they developed an impressive, innovating crossover between music cultures wich you could call Maghreb jazz JWO is not only successful in Holland, in the summers of 2004 and 2005 he played at big international festivals in Morocco like Rabat, Casablanca and Marrakech. In 2006 in Khartoum-Sudan en in 2007 in Cairo - Egypt. Please visit our website http://www.maghrebjazz.nl for more information. Read more on Last.fm.
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