HIJAZ 2023
  • country:Belgium
  • style(s):Arabic, Jazz
  • label:Zephyrus Music
  • type:Band, Quartet
  • instrumentation:instrumental, percussion, piano, lute
  • artist posted by:Zephyrus Music

Line up

  • Ben Faes  (Double Bass)
  • Chryster Aerts  (Drums & Percussion)
  • Niko Deman  (Piano)
  • Osama Abdulrasol (Oud, Qanun)


Hijaz is a multi-ethnic group based around the dialogue between the oud/qanun and the piano. Hijaz is an Arabic musical scale but also holds a clear reference to jazz. Where Arabic music is the starting point, jazz is the open attitude towards diverse musical cultures. Hijaz is a close quartet exploring differences and similarities in Mediterranean cultures in order to create harmony, warmth and musical beauty. More than 10 years already, Hijaz is searching for the perfect symbioses between Mediterranean warmth, polyrhythmic structures and musical virtuosity. In a tight formation of four core musicians, Hijaz captures the magic of the moment during their concerts. Recently, in the Spring of 2021, Hijaz aligned with a cello and two violins for 8 new songs by Hijaz and arranged for strings by bass player Ben Faes. Above all, the fellowship of these four friends & musicians gives a way to the heart of audiences all around the globe.

In 2022 they toured in Marocco, inviting three Maroccian musicians from the Oujda Conservatory. In june 2023 they realeased HIJAZ + Strings with a concert in their hometown Antwerp (Belgium) and in september 2023 they played a showcase at the Seoul Music Week. For 2024 concerts to the middle-east are planned.

In the past they invited Carlo Rizzo (percussion), Tch Limberger (violin), Abir Nasraoui (vocal), Claron McFadden (vocal), Vardan Hovanissian (duduk), ... to participate on stage or in the studio.
HIJAZ is open for furthur musical collaboration with any instrument from around the globe... so, challenge HIJAZ!