MA Rouf (Kurdistan/Finland)
Marouf Majidi – Tanbour, Tar, Vocal
Jouni Järvelä – soprano, alto & tenor saxophones; Eb, Bb and bass clarinets; flute; piano/Pianoteq virtual keyboards
Mikko Hassinen – Drums and Percussion
Jukka Haavisto – Fretless Bass
MA Rouf plays traditional Middle Eastern music with Afro-centric and Scandinavian jazz influences
MA Rouf is the latest project of the Finnish-Iranian Kurd master musician Marouf Majidi. He comes from Sanandaj, the musical capital of Kordestan. Surrounded by a rich Middle Eastern heritage, he learned early on to play the native stringed instruments, the enchantingly dark-sounding tar and tanbour. “Over ten years of musical life in my new homeland, Finland, has been a source of further inspiration and musical materials.” Hence, Majidi’s current songs travel from Kurdish scenes to Arabic and Scandinavian atmospheres.
“Many of my songs talk about change and an undefined future”