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Dhafer Youssef

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Dhafer Youssef is a Tunisian Oud player, vocalist and composer born in November 19th, 1967 in Teboulba. The son of a modest family from this Tunisian Center-Eastern fishing village, he comes from a long line of muezzins. Mastering vocal performances is to him a heritage and a family tradition.

Following the outstanding success of his last album Birds Requiem, with over 50,000 copies sold worldwide, The great Oud master and consummate vocalist Dhafer Youssef returns to present on the stage of the … the most anticipated album of 2016 : Diwan Of Beauty And Odd, a feat of musicianship where the prolific Tunisian composer asserts his position as one of the most innovative musicians of the last decade.

The 11 compositions of Diwan Of Beauty And Odd are an exploration of one of most attractive dualities, that of the beautiful and the strange. With his extraordinary ability to transcend genres and the limits of simple meters, Dhafer plays with the asymmetrical quality of odd meters to deliver a musical feat of intriguing complexity that yet remains infinitely beautiful and apprehensible. The genius of Dhafer lies here, in composing music that expresses through harmony the extraordinary dynamic of opposites animating our world.

For this project, Dhafer Youssef will perform alongside undoubtedly the finest musicians the New York jazz scene could offer : Aaron Parks on the piano, Ben Williams on the bass, Justin Faulkner on the drums and guest Ambrose Akinmusire on the trumpet. The promise of a spellbinding, sublime journey that brings together, as only Dhafer could accomplish, oriental influences and the urban groove of New York. It is a vibrant fusion of both tradition and contemporary influences, a universal call for peace subtly delivered.