Balkan Jazzović Quintet feat. Theodosii Spassov & Ibrahim Maalouf
The proof that jazz and Balkan music have a common base
Balkan Trafik festival has asked jazz men Nathan Daems & Vasil Hadzimanov to bring together leading artists from Belgium and the Balkans in a new exclusive project. Together they will compose and arrange the repertoire, some of which contains original and traditional compositions, rearranged, jazzified and/or balkanised.
The group proves that jazz and Balkan music have a common base from which spectacular new music naturally emerges. Improvisations explode, Balkan melancholy mixed with jazz atmosphere, with special performances by some extraordinary artists who live on the border of jazz and neighbouring music…
A special mix, the best of both worlds combined in an intoxicating sound, with big stars like Theodosii Spassov and Ibrahim Maalouf!
The internationally renowned Bulgarian composer and kaval player (traditional wooden flute), Theodosii Spassov has developed his unique style of playing the instrument by mixing traditional folklore with jazz, fusion and classical music.
He was designated as a UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2016 in recognition of his talent, his innovation in creating a unique music style and his virtuoso performance, his commitment to raise public awareness about music as a force to enhance dialogue among people, cultures and communities, as well as his profound commitment to the ideals and aims of the Organization.
The French-Lebanese jazz trumpeter and composer Ibrahim Maalouf is today one of the most popular instrumentalist of the French musical scene. His work of mixing genres has been recognized around the world for more than 10 years.
Ibrahim has received several awards, which are also the first Victoires de la Musique awards given to an instrumentalist since their creation over 30 years ago.