April 7 – 28 April 2013
Amman Jazz Festival is a regional event combining three cities in its 2nd edition this year, which will be held in April 2013. The festival is co-produced by OrangeRed and Al-Balad Theater.
This spring, we are going to celebrate Jazz and enjoy the blend of International music from different parts of the world; Germany, Holland, Bulgaria, Austria, Armenia and always committed to present the finest musicians from Jordan. The festival will also feature world & Jazz music at several venues around Amman, introducing a diversity of jazz music styles.
This newly born festival has developed to be an annual one; our target is to become a major Jazz destination in the Middle East, establish an annual highly recognized festival on the map of Jazz music festivals Internationally, feature leading world Jazz music figures in the coming editions, and always support Jordan’s musicians and talents.
Some of the bands will be performing in Jerusalem & Ramallah as part of the Jazz Week in Palestine, organized by Yabous Cultural Center in Jerusalem and “Al-Nasher” in Ramallah.
- Al Balad Theater.
- Zara Expo – Hyatt Amman Hotel .
- Al Zaatari Refugee Camp (Special Concert for the Syrian Refugees) .
- Blue Fig.
- Corner’s Pub.
- Bonita – Tapas.
- Living Room.
- National Music Conservatory (Music Workshop).
- The Netherlands Embassy, the Austrian Embassy, Goethe Institute, SICA – Holland, Lufthansa, July Jazz Foundation – Bulgaria.
- Al-Balad Theater: Al Balad theatre is a multi-purpose artistic and community space established by renovating an old cinema house in down town Amman built in the 1940’s, The space aims to promote young artists from Jordan and the region by presenting their works, providing rehearsal space, and contributing to strengthening the cultural movement in Jordan through interaction and cooperation with all performing art groups, NGOs, and individuals, public and private, in Jordan, the region, and the world.
- OrangeRed is a music and cultural event management company that was set up in 2004 in response to a growing demand for innovative and high quality culture events. The company aims to enhance and enrich Jordan’s culture and music scene as well as supporting and developing local music talent. Cultural music is promoted and local and international musicians who are committed to excellence and unique sounds are supported.OrangeRed works with young talents, professionals and corporations and aims to initiate and maintain cultural exchange within the Arab world and internationally. OrangeRed since then has organized hundreds of music concerts, cultural events and main festivals in Jordan.
ARIFA / HOLLAND
ARIFA’s latest Album “Anatolian Alchemy” was chosen as best Album of the year 2012 by Mixed world music Anatolian Alchemy is the second album by Arifa, the ensemble that colors Near, Middle Eastern and Turkish music with jazz and Balkan accents. Arifa’s debut performance at the Bimhuis received five star reviews and their first CD was released to universal acclaim. Arifa’s secret is the creative chemistry between its four members. Coming from Turkey, Romania, Germany and The Netherlands they mix influences from their surroundings with their musical backgrounds, which are rooted in classical and folk traditions from the Middle East and Central Asia.
Pascal Schumacher Quartet / Germany
Winner the German Echo for his last CD “Bang my Can”, on Enja Records . Pascal Schumacher, an established representative of the new generation of vibraphone players is a young jazz musician & composer, based in Brussels and Luxembourg. The “Pascal Schumacher 4tet” was formed back in 2002 at the legendary Sounds Jazz Club in Brussels. As a band leader Pascal surrounds himself today with the strongly talented German piano player Franz von Chossy (living and working in Amsterdam) and with the excellent rhythm section composed of the Belgian double bass player Christophe Devisscher and the German drummer Jens Düppe. Up to now the band was playing on 5 continents and in many countries reaching the hearts of thousands of people. The 4tet released five albums: Change of The Moon (2004), Personal Legend (2005), and Silbergrau (2007) for IGLOO Records Here we Gong (2009) and their current opus Bang my Can (2011) for Enja Records.
Alp Bora Quartette/ Austria
Alp Bora was born in the European city of Istanbul and grew up in the Anatolian city of Ankara and Oriental Baghdad. In 1998, he found his true home in Vienna because of its rich mix of the Orient and the Occident. Bora is inspired by the musical heritage of Anatolia. The Turkish word Anadalu means “motherland”, a term that summarizes the essence of the region as a place where many cultures flourished, The Alp Bora Quartet will be presenting a mesmerizing and uplifting evening of music that celebrates folkloric music from Turkey and the Balkan countries, infused with chamber music and jazz influences of his adopted home. There will also be songs from and dedicated to Istanbul, Bora’s hometown.
OM Art Formation/ Bulgaria:
Nikolai Ivanov created the first Bulgarian ethno – ambient group “OM” in 1991 with the idea of “cross culture” synthetic music with elements of Ethnic, Jazz, New Age, ambient, sacred music and Minimalism. With “OM” Nikolai Ivanov relayed on musical form of philosophy synthesis of East & West and the global “etnologizatsiya” of art today. “OM” uses traditional Balkan instruments – mandolin, djembe drums, flute, dvoyanka, drums, bagpipes, from the East: sitar, ghat, boards, Bambi flutes, SAS, def, tar, throat singing and more, mixes them with guitar, piano, electric bass, electronic instruments and computer programming. “OM” has played in all Bulgarian festivals and concerts in many European countries and the Far East such as (India, China, Nepal) and Africa. In 1996 along with three Bulgarian musicians ‘OM’ won best place for the world’s highest concert (Kalapatar, 5345 meters below Everest) registered in Guinness Book of records.
Vahagn Hayrapetyan / Armenia
Honored Artist of the Republic of Armenia Vahagn Hayrapetyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia in 30 August, 1968. He is one of the most popular and renowned Armenian jazz piano players. The son of the famous Armenian violin player Karo Hayrapetyan, he studied music since his early childhood. Vahagn graduated from the Tchaikovsky special music school (Yerevan State Conservatory) as a pianist and composer. He also studied with Jazz bebop legends Barry Harris and Frank Hewitt in New York, and collaborated with many legendary musicians. He recorded and released three albums in New Orleans: ”Love for sale” “Tripp to New Orleans” and “Bop it up”. He participated in many international jazz festivals, such as Jazz Jamboree, St. Petersburg International Jazz Fest; Moscow international jazz fest 1997, ‘98, ‘99; New Orleans Jazz fest; du Maurier and Montreal jazz fest; and many more. He toured around the world and played many concerts with his trio and some internationally recognized jazz musicians as well.
Maarten Ornstein / Holland
Maarten Ornstein plays tenor saxophone, clarinet and bass clarinet. On occasion he plays tarogato, electric saxophone, MPC and laptop computers. He is also a composer and arranger. He leads the avantgarde funk ensemble DASH! and is co-leader of the contemporary jazz group Jungle Boldie. Additionally, he plays with performance poet and singer Jeannine Valeriano, and is a member of Splendor. Maarten Ornstein has composed for the Calefax Reed Quintet, the North Sea Jazz Festival, Ties Mellema, Koor Nieuwe Muziek Amsterdam, Xenia Meijer, the Metropole Orchestra, New Cool Collective Big Band, Orkater Theatre Company, Anouk van Dijk DC, Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, Helena Rasker, the Ricciotti Ensemble etc etc, and has played with the likes of Pat Metheny, Ebony Band, Ilse de Lange, David Liebman, Arturas Bumsteinas, Claron McFadden, Red Mitchell, the Schoenberg Ensemble etc etc.
A Tin Men and the Telephone/ Holland
A Tin Men and the Telephone (TM&T) performance incorporate sounds, found in everyday life, into a show that combines theatrical and visuals aspects with music. They seize on things that normally go unnoticed or appear to just be a nuisance: queues of service lines, directions from car navigation devices, ring-tones, screaming football reporters, the abrasive squelch of traffic noise, but also animal sounds – all prove useful to TM&T. Through the subtle and unobtrusive use of new techniques, music and ambient sound are interwoven so closely that dialogues appear and novel experiences emerge. This is for those who want to hear and see something new!
Omar Faqir “Faqir Syndicate” / Jordan
Omar was born in Amman-Jordan. He grew up in a family who has been creating music for more than 100 years and who mastered all kinds of arts. His family always and until now supports Omar in every way possible. His father (Hasan Faqir) one of the Oriental music masters taught Omar the basics of music and because of his father’s huge music library Omar was able to master almost all kinds of music genres. Also, Omar was enriched by his late grandfather musical legacy. He started with his relatives the first Jazz band in Jordan “Faculty –X” that introduced Amman to Jazz Fusion. Omar performed in many local and international concerts and festivals, and he performed with many great musicians such as Stanley Jordan, Charles Davis, Noah Howard, Chris Byars, John Mosca, Chris Washbourne, Ari Roland, Ryan Coen, Alvin Atkinson, and many others.. He recorded the first Jordanian-American Jazz album “Desert Harmony” with the late saxophone player Noah Howard. He created many music themes such as “Jazz Abdul Wahab”. Omar has released his latest album “From within”, and is preparing to launch his new album in the summer of 2013.
Ayman Tayseer / Jordan
Ayman Tayseer is a Jordanian Artist that has been for long enriching the local and regional music scene with a variety of musical styles ranging from folkloric and classical Arabic Music reaching to eloquent contemporary Arabic music. Although classically trained, Ayman have been carrying out experiments to fuse classical Arabic music with elements from other musical forms and styles, his latest project “Abdul Wahab in Jazz” introduced influences from Jazz music to the classical Abdul. Wahab repertoire while preserving the classical value it has retained for years.