Thursday, April 18, 2013

Sufi Jazz Fusion Rocks in Fez

Hamadcha Brotherhood jam session!

Hamadcha and all that jazz! 
An unusual fusion got the crowd rocking at the French Institute in Fez last night. Two musicians from the National Jazz Orchestra of France combined their multifarious talents with Fez's own Hamadcha Sufi musicians.

Matthew Metzger goes all - playing two clarinets simultaneously 

 Jazz musos Matthew Metzger and Sylvain Daniel have been in the city for the past few days workshopping a planned gig at the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music from June 7 to 15. They took time out to give the public a tantalising taste of what is to come. 

Sylvain Daniel on electronic bass

After a jazz intro from the French, the rhythm section of the Hamadcha was led by Fredrick Calmes on an up-turned steel bowl. The rest of the Hamadcha musicians joined in with drums and trumpets; their characteristic chants given a more upbeat tempo by an electronic riff. It served to make the traditional music more accessible to Western ears, and may lead to a whole new audience for this wonderful group.

Silver trumpets were a visual and aural highlight of this excellent concert

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