The Sesc Jazz festival, held in October in São Paulo, hosts Tunisian musician Dhafer Youssef, who mixes jazz with Indian sounds. Youssef will be one of 26 attractions from 12 different countries to be featured in this second edition of the event. In total there will be 81 shows. The artists work with jazz and include in it new sounds from the experience in their countries of origin.
There are artists from Cuba, Spain, the United States, France, Hungary, England, Israel, Nigeria, Norway, Switzerland, and Tunisia.
A native of the city of Teboulba, off the coast of Tunisia, Dhafer Youssef has recorded nine albums and has performed with big names in jazz. In his shows, the artist mixes the American style with influences of his culture and those discovered throughout his career. Youssef specializes in the oud, a typical Middle Eastern lute stringed instrument. He is also inspired by Indian music in his compositions.
It was with his grandfather that Youssef was introduced as a child to the tradition of the Muezzins, charged in the mosques for reciting the call to prayer. This was his initiation into the use of voice as an instrument and in music. Later, the artist moved to the capital, Tunis, to study in a conservatory. He then moved to Vienna, Austria, where he created links with different sound cultures, including India.
The musician today has an international career. Youssef presents during the festival in Brazil his latest studio work, “Sounds of Mirrors”, released in 2018. This is his first time in Brazil.
To accompany the Tunisian, who performs singing and playing the oud, will be Isfar Sarabski on piano, Raffaele Casarano on saxophone, and Adriano dos Santos on percussion.
The Sesc Jazz Festival takes place from October 18th to 20th.
Tickets and information: https://sescjazz.sescsp.org.br/
With information from the Brazil-Arab News Agency