Mehmet Polat (1981) is a renowned ud player, composer and bandleader. His music has, for many years, drawn on a variety of rich musical traditions: from Africa to India, and from Persia to the Balkans. Polat has now formed his own jazz quartet, together with accordionist Oleg Fateev, bass player Hendrik Müller and Joan Terol Amigo on drums. The quartet plays Polat’s own compositions, with ample opportunity for improvisation. This exceptional line-up and Polat’s musical background results in jazz with an adventurous, innovative but above all warm sound.
Tarek Abdallah (1975), with his concept of ‘Wasla’, reflects on the Golden Age of Egyptian music. Working with Bayati,Rast and Sikha, three modes of classicalmaqams, he conjures a unique sound from his ud. The superb percussionist Adel Shams el-Din accompanies him with a subtle musical touch that allows the ud to shine in its full potential. They have performed together for many years in leading venues in Europe, North America and the Middle East.