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Unlike other artists that have enjoyed success by blending different sounds,
M'oudswing's goal is for Arabic music and jazz to co-exist in harmony while
still retaining their respective musical origins. The brainchild of a Morrocan
oudist and an American keyboardist, M'oudswing aims to introduce jazz to a
Middle Eastern/North African audience, doing the reverse for the western
audiophile, and perhaps creating a new breed of listener.
This "Moroccan fusion" layers oud and modal jazz improvisation over North African grooves. These two world sounds run simultaneously, with dumbek and oud playing in Arabic tradition while piano, bass, woodwinds, and drums are playing jazz. The response has been very positive from audiences that are cheerfully perplexed by this new idea.
M'oudswing was conceived after a chance meeting between oud player Karim Kadiri and keyboardist, producer Barry Sames in early 2003. The two quickly agreed on the unique collaboration and M'oudswing was born. Karim and Sames enlisted saxophonist Anibal Rojas, Syrian/Venezuelan percussionist Hafez,Lebones percussionist Joe Tayoun, bassist Dave Brodie, and jazz drummer Najib.
Born in Casablanca, Morocco to a musical family, Kadiri grew up listening to the giants of Arabic music, including Mohamed Abdel-Wahab, Oum Kalsoum, Laila Mourad, and Abdel Halim Hafez. He counts among his influences oud greats Simon Shaheen, Said Chraibi, and especially the great Moroccan composer and performer Al Oustaz Ahmed Al Bidaoui. In his late teens, Kadiri was introduced to jazz when he happened to see the movie "The Benny Goodman Story." The experience turned him on to Ella Fitzgerald, Al Di Meola, and, his idol, Chick Corea.
Today Kadiri performs at local venues in the Philadelphia area as a solo act as well as with M'oudswing, a group he co-founded to explore both Arabic music and jazz. He also performs his compositions with the Roxanne Butterfly tap dance group and Djellabah Groove. Together they performed at the world music festival "Globalfest 2006" in New York City. That same year, Karim and the band were introduced to the world as innovators in a documentary on 2M, (the Moroccan/International satellite TV). Karim also appeared and performed on various TV shows in Morocco as an instrumentalist and composer.
For a different side of Kadiri, check out his first CD "Shades of Brown," a soulful, entertaining piece with a serious, yet positive, message about friendship and world peace.
Keyboardist Barry Sames enjoys exploring different musical genres, both as
performer and as arranger/producer. M'oudswing co-founder, Sames has taken his
music to Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, and South America, performing in a variety
of musical groups including gospel, Latin, funk/jazz, and blues. Sames spent
five years recording and performing original compositions in South America and
the Caribbean with Philadelphia-based ethno-fusion group, The Arpeggio Jazz
Ensemble. Sames later explored the world of rock/jazz-fusion, co-founding an
original five-piece band INSYNK in the early 1990s featuring Drummer Ishmael
Wilburn from WEATHER REPORT. Sames has also performed and recorded with
Philadelphia guitarist Monette Sudler, violinist John Blake, and Percussionist
Drummer Najib began playing at age five in his grandfather's church in
Detroit, MI. By age 16, he was playing professionally in R&B bands in the
Atlantic City area. Najib began touring while at the University of the Arts in
Philadelphia with various funk, rock and jazz groups. He got his first break
with jazz organist Shirley Scott, touring with her quartet. Najib subsequently
has performed world-wide with various international artists including Norah
Jones, Cassandra Wilson, Sonny Rollins, Ludacris, Shirley Horn, Jimmy Jam and
Terry Lewis, Grover Washington, Ravi Coltrane, Branford Marsalis, Sun Ra, Bobby
Watson, and Morris Day. Najib continues to perform music of all genres.
Hafez Javier was born in Cumana, Venezuela. He received his nickname "El
Pulpo" from playing both Arabic and Latin percussion at the same time. Hafez
spent his childhood in Syria learning culture, language, and basic rhythms and
melodies of classical Middle Eastern songs. In 1987 Hafez gained national
exposure by winning first place in the National Syrian percussion competition
for two consecutive years. This drew the attention of notable Tably player Hady
Jazan, with whom Hafez learned the correct technique of the Tably, Rik, Mazhar,
Duff, and Bongos. Hafez won many more national awards while in Syria in the
dance (dabkey), chorus, and percussion categories through 1992. He was able to
perform and record folkloric songs at shows, concerts, festivals all over Syria
Joseph Tayoun, a second generation Lebanese American, is an accomplished
Middle Eastern percussionist. He started playing by age eight at his family?s
renown Middle East Restaurant in Philadelphia where live authentic Arabic,
Turkish, Persian, Armenian, Greek, and Israeli music and dance was performed
nightly for forty years. Learning from many of the area?s top Middle Eastern
players, Joe became adept at the many styles of drumming within these different
ethnicities. He performs regularly with various Middle Eastern ensembles locally
and throughout the region, as well as conducting workshops in schools and
David Brodie started playing the electric bass at the age of thirteen and first took on the upright bass at nineteen, while enrolled at Berklee College of Music. After a year in Spain, he returned to his native Philadelphia where he quickly joined up with guitarist Jimmy Bruno, with whom he played for the next several years. From that point, his reputation well established, Brodie has enjoyed a busy playing and recording career and has played with some of the best jazz musicians in the world including Kurt Rosenwinkel, Chris Potter, Seamus Blake, and Randy Brecker while performing regularly with Philadelphia's finest such as John Swana, Larry McKenna, and Sid Simmons.
Official Web Site: www.moudswing.com
Modal Citizens, Intrigue Productions 2007
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