Nu jazz in the bay

Dhafer Youssef, Jatinder Thakur and The Divine Shadows String Quartet will play the Byron Community Centre next Thursday, February 8, from 8pm.

In his first Australian appearance, Dhafer Youssef, vocalist and master oud player, will be joined by tabla master Jatinder Thakur plus the soul-stirring Divine Shadows String Quartet. Tunisian-born, Europe-based Dhafer combines the aural echoes of his Middle Eastern roots with the western cool of Norways nu jazz. (What is nu jazz? I can hear you asking. Well, it embraces the liberating potential of dance music mixing and matching European techno, drum n bass, house, ambient and jazz improvisation in a way that vibes with club culture and yet is welcomed by open-minded jazz fans.)

Dhafer draws on the Islamic Sufi roots of his homeland Tunisia and translates these into electronic lounge vibes and jazzy improvisations with loops and ambient sounds. The result is modern experimental music that is both spiritual and funky.

Dhafers fourth album Divine Shadows showcases the bands overall sound and live performances.

Tickets are $39 and available from the Byron Community Centre (6685 5659).

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