JISR // BRÜCKE: From the Isar to the Indus
CULTURAL EXCHANGE AND CLICHÉS
The tour of the Munich ensemble JISR in South Asia is, in many ways, about the exchange of musical cultures. Mohcine Ramdan's music project is a melting pot of diverse musical styles and traditions. The repertoire of musical influences is considerable: from Arabic classical music and poetry to African Gnawa grooves and German Krautrock, Balkan, Jazz, Tango and Andalusian Flamenco. A snapshot of a musical culture that breaks the boundaries between different musical genres and fills the imagination, unconventionally instrumented and with a great longing for new and unexplored realms of sound.
From the Isar to the Indus, JISR // BRÜCKE plays music on its way like a caravan moving in the moonlight, passing through the musical cultures of the South Asian continent. The audience embarked on a multi-faceted sound journey through Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and India. Local artists from classical music traditions and alternative experimental scenes will joined and enriched the ensemble with melodies and instruments.
Marja Burchard | Keys, Trombone
Roman Bunka | Oud, Guitar
Mohcine Ramdan | Percussion / Gembri / Vocals
Severin Rauch | Drums
Niko Schabel | Alto Sax, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Gergely lukacs | Trumpet
Marwan Fakir | Violin
Ustad Akmal Qadri | Flute
Waqas Gulab | Tabla
BIO DATA OF BAND MEMBERS
JISR // BRÜCKE
Building bridges with music:
JISR جسر is a collective from Munich led by the charismatic linguist, singer, percussionist and Gembri player Dr. Mohcine Ramdan. He gathered some of Bavaria´s finest musicians to share his vision of an emotional Pan-Oriental sound that is deeply rooted in the tradition of his family of musicians.
Their live performance offers an unique fusion of Arabic Maqam, the polyrhythm of Gnawa music, World Spiritual Jazz & a bit of Afro Kraut and sets a new landmark in how to unite the diversity of diasporic music in Europe in a one stage set. Truly mesmerizing & a must see. JISR جسر Band leader Dr. Mohcine Ramdan follows the path of musical exchange like a post modern Ibn Battuta of sound. The result on their debut album „too far away“ (enja, yellow bird) is a ethnographic snapshot of polycultural musical traditions that breaks down boundaries, unconventionally arranged & orchestrated with a great longing for exotic athmospheres.
Modern Pan-Oriental Afro Jazz at it´s best with a strong focus set on the instruments „Oud“ (the Arabic lute) plus „Gembri“ (the North African bass) and on the ancient traditions of the Gnawa and Arabic music behind them. Healing music for the heart, mind & soul.