Markku Ounaskari (Finnland) – Schlagzeug, Percussion
Didier Francois (Belgien) – Nyckelharpa
Ahmet Bektas (Bochum) – Oud
Andreas Heuser (Dortmund) – E-Gitarre, Akustikgitarre, Bariton-Violine

Ein musikalischer Brückenschlag zwischen den Musikkulturen Skandinaviens, Anatoliens und europäischem Jazz.
Vier Musiker aus Finnland, Belgien und dem Ruhrgebiet begeben sich in einen intensiven musikalischen Dialog über bekannte Genregrenzen hinweg.
Markku Ounaskari, Didier Francois, Ahmet Bektas und Andreas Heuser kreieren faszinierende, neue klingende Verbindungen zwischen nordischer Weite und anatolischer Melodik, zwischen Jahrhunderte alten musikalischen Traditionen und zeitgenössischer Improvisation. Sie kombinieren schwedische Nyckelharpa und orientalische Oud, vielfältige Gitarrenklänge und sensibles Jazzschlagzeug, elektrische Violine und Percussion. 
Ein Projekt mit viel Freiraum für kreative Interaktion.


Di 12.11.2019 - 20:00, Dortmund, Domicil

Mi 13.11.2019 - 20:00, Bochum, Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr

Do 14.11.2019 - 20:00, Essen, Katakomben Theater

So 17.11.2019 - 19:00, Neuss, Kulturkeller

Mit freundlicher Unterstützung von:

Markku Ounaskari

Markku Ounaskari (b. 1967) first studied drums at the Oulunkylä Pop and Jazz Conservatory and, beginning in 1987, at the Jazz Department of the Sibelius Academy. During this period, his professional career also began when he toured and recorded with two legendary Finnish groups, Piirpauke (Algazara in 1987 and Zerenade in 1989) and the Pekka Pohjola Group (Changing Waters in 1998).

Beginning in the 1990s, Ounaskari made a number of recordings and toured in Europe, Asia and the Americas with pianist Jarmo Savolainen (John’s Song in 1996, Another Story in 1997, Times Like These in 2002, Grand Style 2004 and Songs For Trio in 2006). Ounaskari has played with all the major Finnish jazz figures (journalist Petri Silas once wrote that it would be easier to list the Finnish ensembles with which Ounaskari has not played). Early in his career he also toured and recorded with both Piirpauke and the Pekka Pohjola Group, Finnish pioneers of cross-genre music.

Beginning in 1999, Ounaskari has increasingly worked with international projects and bands becoming one of the internationally best known Finnish jazz musicians. These have included the Eric Vloeimans Band, Andre Fernandes Trio, Sinikka Langeland Ensemble, Fredrik Nordström & Niklas Winter Band, Filip Augustson Quintet, Willemark-Heinilä-Ounaskari-Jormin Band, Walter Beltrami Band, Fugara, Tomasz Stanko Quartet, Trygve Seim Quartet, Rotterdam Metropole Orchestra and many others. He regularly collaborates with artists such as Fausto Beccalossi, Raoul Björkenheim, Arve Henriksen, Anders Jormin, Nils Petter Molvaer, Trygve Seim, Markus Stockhausen, Tore Brunborg, Mats Eilertsen and Lena Willemark. He has also performed with many other internationally renowned musicians, including Ray Anderson, Furio di Castri, Lars Danielsson, Marc Ducret, Hein Van De Geyn, Tim Hagans, Ed Jones, Lee Konitz, Gnuyên Lê, Rick Margitza, Ron McClure, Judy Niemack, Lars Anders Tomter, Kenny Wheeler and Vertavo String Quartet.

In 2009, Ounaskari formed Kuara with Norwegian trumpeter Per Jørgessen and Finnish pianist Samuli Mikkonen. The group’s first recording for ECM Records, Kuara – Psalms and Folk Songs, received the Emma (Finnish Grammy) Award for the Best Finnish Jazz Recording of the Year 2010. 2014 he received ”Yrjö Price”, the most prestigious Jazz prize in Finland. He has made more than 80 recordings in Finland and abroad including 7 recordings for ECM Records.

Didier Francois
- Violin: Myriam Quersin ( successor Arthur Grumiaux conservatorium Brussels)
- Composition: Daan Manneke ( conservatorium Amsterdam)
-Jazz- education: workshop with: Philip Catherine , Hein Van De Geyn , Maarten Weiler
professional experience
teaching for seven jears; music school: Ward de Beer, Kantekleer, Antwerp Conservatorium
teaching nyckelharpa at Scuola di Musica Popolare di Forlimpopoli (Italy) and Akademie BURG FÜRSTENECK (Germany)
giving seminaries and workschop on relaxing technique based on the Belgian violin school (Arthur Grumiaux): relaxed and fluid movements for the beauty of the sound, freedom of expression and to avoid tendinitis.
compositions: (ballet, theater and film music)
- le Defi coreo. Lieve Mertens - other realities coreo. Sandra De Hertogh - promenade D'automne coreo Chantal Ijzermans - adsec Coreo Natascha Pire - Bergtocht, Mac Beth, fool for love, café temesta by Dirk Opstaelen (ensemble leporello) - several short film music for Kladaradatsch productions by Toon Loenders. Hippoliet by Danny Timmermans ( het Ongerijmde)
concert-studio experiences: Violin + Nyckelharpa:
- chamber opera Transparant - guest of Vanersborg Festival (Sweden) - guest of
Stefane Grappelli Audi jazz Festival (Belgium) - guest of Gabriel Yacoub Amsterdam, st. Chartier festival ( France) - Michel Risler, with Armand Amar for Costa-Gavras (Amen, Le Couperet) , Yann Arthus Bertrand ( le monde vu du ciel). Laïs, in Canada, USA , Finland, France, Germany and Oostenrijck - solo live performing of The Lord of the rings by Howard Shore-