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Basel Rajoub is known as a saxophonist and composer-improviser who creates contemporary tradition-based music inspired by Middle Eastern rhythms and melodic modes as well as jazz. Born in Aleppo, Syria, he graduated from the Damascus High Institute of Music and is a winner of Radio Monte Carlo’s Moyen-Orient Music Award. Basel is active in a variety of contemporary music groups that bring together musicians from different parts of the Middle East, North Africa, and West Asia, and is the founder and leader of the Basel Rajoub ensemble. Basel lives in Geneva, Switzerland.

Soriana. Contemporary Music from the Orient is a body of Rajoub's musical works that features collaborations with various artists. Part-composed, part-improvised, the programme combines myriad melodic modes and microtonal subtleties of Arabic music, contemporary music, generating a mix of spontaneity and control rooted in a thousand-year-old tradition of improvisation.

The programme celebrates the artists’ cultural heritage and articulates the versatility and adequacy of tradition in contemporary settings. The programme features various combinations of instrumental music performed by duos, trios, and quartets with a guest vocalist.

Basel Rajoub is known as a saxophonist and composer-improviser who creates contemporary tradition-based music inspired by Middle Eastern rhythms and melodic modes as well as jazz. Born in Aleppo, Syria, he graduated from the Damascus High Institute of Music and is a winner of Radio Monte Carlo’s Moyen-Orient Music Award. Basel is active in a variety of contemporary music groups that bring together musicians from different parts of the Middle East, North Africa, and West Asia, and is the founder and leader of the Basel Rajoub ensemble. Basel lives in Geneva, Switzerland.

Soriana. Contemporary Music from the Orient is a body of Rajoub's mus...

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Past Gigs soriana

  • 05 | 2015 Switzerland, Scandinavia New album release tour
  • 03 | 2015 Geneva AMR Jazz Festival
  • 10 | 2014 Geneva 18th JazzContreBand Festival
  • 08 | 2014 Chamonix CosmoJazz Festival
  • 05 | 2014 Amman Amman Jazz Festival
  • 04 | 2014 Cully Cully Jazz Festival
  • 01 | 2014 London SOAS London, Brunei Gallery
  • 12 | 2013 New York Asia Society
  • 12 | 2013 Washington, DC Freer and Sackler Galleries, The Smithsonian
  • 09 | 2013 Edmonton University of Alberta
  • 07 | 2013 Montreux Montreux Jazz Festival
  • 02 | 2013 Paris THÉÂTRE DE LA VILLE / THÉÂTRE AUX ABBESSES, PARIS, FRANCE
  • 02 | 2013 Hanover DARTMOUTH COLLEGE, HOPKINS CENTER FOR THE ARTS, HANOVER, NH, USA
  • 02 | 2013 Cambridge, MA Harvard University

Discography soriana

  • 2011 Asia Album | Edict Records
  • 2010 Khameer Album | Incognito
  • 2006 Shamat Album | Incognito
  • 2005 Hal Asmar Ellon Album | Incognito

Media

  • Video Soriana at Cully Jazz Festi...
  • Video Helvetica by Basel Rajoub a...
  • Video Basel Rajoub & Maxence Sibi...
  • Video CosmoJazz Festival - samedi...
  • Video Soriana: pre-premiere preview
  • Sound Turquoise
  • Sound Jasmine Tree
  • Sound Soriana
  • Video Duclar

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Origin

  • Founex CH

Founded

  • 2011

Members

  • Basel Rajoub saxophones, duclar, composition
  • Feras Charestan qanun
  • Andrea Piccioni percussion