Line up

  • Demian Kappenstein (drums)
  • Marcus Rust (trumpet)
  • Rabih Lahoud (vocals)
  • Reentko Dirks (guitar)


Masaa combines Arabic poetry with contemporary Jazz, East and West enter a lyrical liason unheard of before in its cocnclusiveness. This groundbreaking concept can be heard on their three records: Freedom Dance (2012), Afkar (2014) and Outspoken (2017). Masaa has been awarded the Bremer Jazzpreis in 2012 as well as the audience award of Creole in 2013 and the Förder-RUTH of the Rudolstadt-Festival in 2015. Right from the start the ensemble has made an effort to carry their work out into the world: Masaa performed successfuly in Eastern Africa and Lahoud's homeland Lebanon. In 2015 the quartet teamed up with Israeli singer Yael Deckelbaum and sent out a sign to support the peace process between Jewish and Arabic culture.
Starting from 2019 Masaa will reinvent their sound and personnel. For Pianist Clemens Christian Poetzsch the guitar player Reentko Dirks will join the band. Reentko is an extraordinarily versatile player of the double-neck acoustic guitar moving freely between Classical, Pop and World Music. Constantly exploring new sounds of the acoustic guitar Reentko and his unique style will shape the music of Masaa from now on.
„It sounds like musical freedom, stylistic diversity and cultural boundlessness and is of rarity difficult to estimate." Folkworld 03/2018
« Especially one thing the musicians have in common: their strive for a perfect musical combination, an odd harmony which moves people.» Süddeutsche Zeitung 09/2018
"A very cool album with some moments of heartbreaking beauty. Highly Recommended." Wondering sounds 04/2014, New York (U.S.)