Masaa EWS (1)
Prehistory - East West Symphony
Together with conductor Bernd Ruf, we have been shaping the East-West Symphony for five years now. The title Hiwar means dialogue and unites orchestra and quartet in a musical exchange of their own influences. These can be traditional Arabic music, contemporary jazz as well as classical-symphonic orchestral aesthetics.
Similarities and differences are equally welcome here and are joyfully incorporated. After the successful concert projects with the Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra and the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra, with which the current recording Hiwar- East West Symphony was produced, we are planning new concerts in the orchestra line-up for the 23/24 season.
The album: East-West-Symphony
Through concerts in Europe as well as the Arab world, the idea of understanding, respect and mutual enrichment is to be carried into the world through serious encounter and fusion.
We are currently planning our concert activities for 2023/24/25 in various symphonic contexts and different instrumentations. Our trumpeter Marcus Rust is currently arranging new works for the orchestra, which were created in the cosmos of our two studio albums Irade and Beit. These will add new facets to the existing programme.
Masaa shape a highly specific synthesis that produces a sensitive, lively diversity - an organic interweaving of Orient and Occident.
Jazzthetik / Harry Schmidt
Süddeutsche Zeitung (09/2018)
But above all, the musicians have one thing in common: the madness for the perfect musical combination, the weird harmony that moves people.
It sounds like musical freedom, stylistic diversity and cultural boundlessness and thus has a rarity value that can hardly be estimated.
It is poetry that breathes, music that pulsates with a special rhythm.
Jazzthing / Ralf Dombrowski