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Aleph Quintet

Jazz / Groove / Arabic Music

Five skilled musicians from different backgrounds come together to create a free-flowing conversation between the worlds of jazz improvisation and harmony, music of the Maghreb, Gnawa rhythms, Arabic classical and Sufi music.

Brussels-based Aleph Quintet was formed when violinist Marvin Burlas struck up a friendship with next-door neighbour Akram Ben Romdhane, Tunisian composer, violinist and oud player. The idea to expand upon their immediate musical empathy followed soon after and they invited pianist Wajdi Riahi, a well-known figure on the jazz scenes of Brussels and Tunis, bassist and composer Théo Zipper, and drummer Maxime Aznar. After exploratory sessions a bond was formed, now evinced in their tight-knit communication through complex structures and in the scintillating improvisation that arises from their intuitive interplay. Last year, Igloo Records released their highly acclaimed debut album, Shapes of Silence.