Smadj @ Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane

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Tunisian born French oud player and producer brings you an extraordinary fusion of middle eastern music via Paris. Jean-Pierre Smadja, aka Smadj, has a passion for two things; music and technology. Raised by Tunisian parents in the suburbs of Paris, Smadj professed an early obsession with jazz and Arabic music together with a precocious mastery of the guitar, an eclectic mixure he'll be bringing on his tour down under!


After taking to the oud and music technology he embarked on his very own personal ambition to marry Arabic music, jazz, and digitalism with style and feeling. The first hint the world caught of this master plan was Smadj's debut album on the Melt 2000 label, Equilibriste. Since then he has gone on to work with such legends as Natacha Atlas, Talvin Singh, Rokia Traore, Ibrahim Maalouf, Burhan Ocal and Erik Truffaz as well as with his own projects such as DuOuD, SOS, Fuck The DJ and Oud Solotronic.

He has produced 16 albums and has toured the world many times over, both as a virtuoso oud player and electro producer.

Smadj's Brisbane show will be his newest project to date - Oud Solotronic, which is a one man show of virtuosic oud playing and live electronics in a concert setting. In true Smadj style some great local musicians will also be featured.

Brisbane's own master instrumentalists Linsey Pollak and Tunji Beier’s DVA will be opening the night. Audiences respond enthusiastically to the intense musical relationship between these two artists, and while their music has its roots in Eastern European, Sth Indian and African traditions, they have developed it along their own very personal lines. Their repertoire of original compositions is constantly changing and although based on a solid structure their performances are not rigidly planned and there is a great deal of improvisation that is both technically and emotionally dazzling Also D-Jinn will be spinning little heard tunes from around the world.
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