MA Rouf

(Finland)

MA Rouf by Jaana Moilanen

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MA Rouf is the latest project from the busy mind of tanbour, tar and guitar player, singer and composer, Marouf Majidi, in which he joins with three respected musicians from the Finnish jazz scene to create a compelling mix of Middle-Eastern, African and Scandinavian influences. Majidi was born in Sanandaj, capital of Iran’s Kurdistan province and a centre of Kurdish culture. He grew up in a musical household and fell in love with the tanbour at an early age. As a student, he moved to Turkey to study Turkish folk music before making the momentous decision to go to Finland to study at the Sibelius Academy, where he gained a degree in Global Music. Since then, he has been ubiquitously active in his new homeland, instigating projects across the worlds of dance, theatre and performance art.

Marouf Majidi - tan, tanbour, vocals
Jouni Järvelä - saxophone, clarinet, keyboard
Jukka Haavisto - fretless bass
Mikko Hassinen - percussion, drums