Hijaz – Arab Jazz for Peace
Hijaz was formed in 2004, and sprung from the collaboration between Tunisian master oud player Moufadhel Adhoum and Greek-Belgian pianist Niko Deman. Hijaz is the marriage of the piano, great instrument from the Western musical tradition, with the stringed instrument that has become synonymous with the Middle East, the oud. Both musicians discovered a shared passion for Mediterranean genres and musical improvisation and decided to work on an instrumental project based around the dialogue and symbiosis between the East and the West.
For the musicians of Hijaz jazz is not a genre but rather an approach towards music. It is an open attitude, a certain kind of musicianship that witholds a flexibility to dive into different musical worlds wherever they come from.
Where Niko had to incorporate previously unknown Arabic scales and polyrhythms, Moufadhel had to adjust his way of playing to the harmonious challenges of the piano. Being both terrific musicians and good friends, over the years, they succeeded in the task.
Moufadhel Adhoum (Tunisia ) – Oud
Niko Deman (Greece – Belgium) – Piano
Ben Faes (Belgium) – Double bass