* Markku Ounaskari – Majid Bekkas – Paul Van Kemenade
Majid Bekkas – ud & vocal, Markku Ounaskari – drums & perc, Paul Van Kemenade – altosax.
A new trio with Finnish drummer Markkus Ounaskari (1967), famous Moroccan singer Majid Bekkas (1957) who brilliantly plays the ud and guenbri alongside with Dutch altoist Paul van Kemenade (1957). Ounaskari is well known for his playing in ensembles with Kenny Wheeler, Markus Stockhausen and Marc Ducret and is Finnish finest drummer.
Ud player and vocalist Bekkas is a celebrity in Morocco. Like no other, Bekkas performs the gnawa, the mystical and trance-inducing desert blues from the Sahara. He performed worldwide with a.o. Archie Shepp, Louis Sclavis and Joachim Kühn.
Altoist Paul Van Kemenade (1957) is known for his collaborations with diverse musical disciplines and cultures ( South-West Africa). He played with Ray Anderson, David Murray, Han Bennink Markus Stockhausen, the Metropole Orchestra, Jorge Pardo, Jamaaladeen Tacuma and many others. Recieved in 1999 a lifetime achievement award and a Royal decoration in 2007.
This unique trio will be touring world wide in 2019/20.