Thursday, 18 May 2017

Quarter Tone Guitar album launch in Amsterdam

Dutch guitar player and composer, Jan Wouter Oostenrijk will launch his new album, We are Connected with a concert in Amsterdam on the 28th May.

He will play with his trio at the Mezrab (formally the Wilhelmina Pakhuis), Veemkade 576, Amsterdam.  The evening will be opened with a set by a local world DJ at 19.00 with the live band on stage at 20.00 .

Jan Wouter, Live in Tunisia, Pic - Houcem Boudaya

The album issued on the Mountain Records label, features songs written by Jan Wouter specially for his quarter tone guitar. The instrument is a 1980s Fender Strat rebuilt by an Amsterdam luthier, Gijs de Wit,  to accommodate the Arabic scales used in the recordings.

Jan Wouter has referred to north African music in his previous albums but until now not had the comfort of a guitar able to produce the required notes. We are Connected is described as Maghreb Rock and is a blend of European and African music.

Link to album details - About the songs - Mountain Records releases
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