Oriental Landscapes festival and conference originated in Syria and took place twice in Damascus. We are pleased to be able to continue the concept by bringing the festival to the Netherlands. We previously highlighted some of the ideas from Oriental Landscapes during the Global Week for Syria (http://syrianmusiclives.com/globalweekforsyria) project.
Nizar Rohana (1975) is a Palestinian oud player currently based in the Netherlands distinguished for combining virtuosity within fresh contemporary compositions, while maintaining the oud’s idiomatic language. He was born in the village of ‘Isifya on Mount Carmel near Haifa city to a father who played oud in communal celebrations and a mother who accompanied him on percussions. From a young age, Rohana played music, picking up the oud when he was 13.
Zaid Jabri completed his M. degree with honours from the Music Academy of Cracow in Poland where he studied composition with Zbigniew Bujarski and his PhD at the same school under the supervision of Professor Krzysztof Penderecki.
Tony Overwater is a Dutch jazz bassist (acoustic bass and violone) and composer of jazz and improvisational music. In 2002 he received the Boy Edgar Award, the most important jazz award in The Netherlands. Presently, Overwater is mainly active in a crossover of jazz, Arab and early music.
Utrecht – based clarinetist and composer. Steven Kamperman newly composed piece commissioned by Oriental Landscapes festival “The wider the vision, the narrower the phrase” on the lyrics of the great Sufi poet Al-Niffari (died in Egypt in 965) will be performed by Syrian mezzo-soprano Dima Orsho and accompanied by New European Ensemble.
Sougata Roy Chowdhury is considered to be among the most talented sarod players of his generation. Born in a Bengali artistic family, Sougata grew up in Shantiniketan. His father, Prof. Sarbari Roy Chowdhury, is an eminent sculptor and also a great music connoisseur, with one of the most precious collections of Indian classical music in India today.
Syrian composer Chafii Badreddin is a graduate of the High Institute of Music in Damascus where he studied oud, clarinet and music theory, and from the Conservatory of Lyon where he focused on composition and electroacoustics. His compositions, which include several instrumental and electroacoustic works for different ensembles, have been performed in France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Turkey, Syria and other Arab countries.
Amsterdam-based violist and composer. Oene van Geel newly composed piece commissioned by Oriental Landscapes festival “A concerto for Oud and a flute” will be performed by Palestinian oud player Nizar Rohana and flutist Felicia van den End.