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  • Thursday Oct 11 2012 from 08:00 pm until 11:00 pm
  • American University of Beirut (AUB)
  • Music

The Office of Communications invites you to MASAA, a convergence of traditional Eastern music and contemporary jazz styles, on October 11, 2012, at 8:00 pm, in Assembly Hall. All are welcome.


Masaa playfully moves between Orient and Occident, between the familiar and the alien. Using their travel impressions and memories, the musicians have become chamber music commuters between traditional Arabic music and contemporary Jazz.

Rabih Lahoud's improvised poems avoid the usual clichis of Orientalism. The musicians construct a poetic-musical mosaic from the wealth of their personal experiences.

Rabih Lahoud (vocals) studied classical piano, composition, and classical and jazz singing in Germany. He is versed in the Western musical tradition as well as in the musical culture of his native Arabic country, Lebanon. This duality makes a musical encounter with Lahoud particularly appealing. In 2009, he founded the band ETERNAL VOYAGE with the internationally known jazz trumpeter Markus Stockhausen. He then released his first CD and made his debut concert in one of the most prestigious concert halls in Europe: the Philharmonie in Cologne.

Trumpeter Marcus Rust discovered his interest in foreign cultures during his civil service in India. These experiences characterize the music project he founded with the organist Christian Grosch in their duo ZIA. The musicians are dedicated to the connection between jazz and traditional music of different cultures.

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Pianist and composer Clemens Potzsch has been working intensively for many years with a combination of traditional folklore and modern forms of jazz. A descendent of Sorbian forefathers, he is mainly influenced by traditional Slavic music and integrates this in his band SLAVICON.

Demian Kappenstein, drummer and percussionist, released his first CD with his band RING ENSEMBLE last year. The Ring Ensemble is a combination of Kappenstein's own Jazz trio and an ensemble of historical string instruments. In his solo concerts for percussion titled Travel Suite, Kappenstein shared the many experiences of his travels through countries such as Kosovo, Taiwan, Turkey and Macedonia.

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