January 2018


ARAB SONG JAM goes Maghreb

Saturday 20.01.2018 7:30 PM | Saal

Admission: free entry

Organizer: Werkstatt der Kulturen

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Edition: Traditionals from morocco

In this edition of the successful concert series ARAB SONG JAM goes Maghreb, the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN focuses on traditionals from Morocco.

On the oud and band leader this evening is: Alaa Zouiten!

Born in Morocco in 1985, Alaa Zouiten began his musical education at the age of seven, in cultural organisations in Youssoufia (a small town near Safi). He then studied at the Conservatoire National de Marrakech where he completed his studies as a professional oud player (the oud is a type of Arab lute).

In 2008 Alaa began his career as a musician with the fusion band Jbara, playing at numerous festivals in Morocco, (including Essaouira Gnaoua Festival, Grand Festival de Casablanca, Mawazine in Rabat).

In Germany, he founded the Alaa Zouiten Ensemble and released his debut album Hada Makan in 2012. At the same time he continued his musical studies and graduated from the University of Erfurt in 2013 with a Bachelors degree in Music Mediation and Philosophy.

In 2015, he was awarded a grant from the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture and is currently working on his second album, Talking Oud. On this album he experiments with the stylistic, technical and aesthetic possibilities of the oud.

The result is a fascinating mix of Arab and Andalusian jazz and rock. In his arrangements, Alaa Zouiten uses the infinite multiplicity of time and space. A creative process that continuously seeks new musical perspectives and celebrates the beauty of music.






New music for Berlin!

Arab Jam Sessions reinterpret traditional songs from Casablanca, Cairo and Beirut


The ARAB SONG JAM concert series brings new interpretations of both popular and traditional Arab songs to the stage, at the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN.

The concert series bases its format on the Black American jam session culture of the 1940s. The first set of the evening was presented by a regular trio or quartet, while the second set had musicians new to the city introduced by the band leader. Similar to the jazz jam sessions in all cities around the world being oriented towards The Real Book’s jazz standards, the new concert series ARAB SONG JAM goes Maghreb makes use of the rich treasures of the Arab song repertoire, that were made famous throughout the Arab world by legendary singers such as Oum Kalthoum from Cairo and Fairuz from Beirut, as well as traditional works.

Entry to the ARAB SONG JAM is free of charge and we will gladly accept donations!

Click here for more information about the ARAB SONG JAM.



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