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Jan Wouter Oostenrijk

Born: March 31, 1965    Primary Instrument: Guitar, electric

Jan Wouter Oostenrijk

In 2007 Dutch guitarplayer Jan Wouter Oostenrijk (JWO) released “Maghreb Jazz guitar”, an innovating crossover between jazz and music from Northafrica . They did a successful tour in Holland and performed at big international festivals in Morocco like Rabat, Casablanca and Marrakech. The Maghreb Jazz album got a radioindy “Golden Artist” award in the USA and their interpretation of famous jazz tune Caravan appeared on an EMI compilation, beside renomated artists as James Brown, George Duke and Natacha Atlas. With his work JWO became one of founders of Maghreb Jazz, a worldwide source of inspiration for new music!...
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Awards:

Gouden Noten Kraker ..Award for significant contribution as a performer by the Dutch Musicians Union Radioindy Golden Artist - USA - Independent Artist Music Award for Best New Music
Dutch media about Sharqi Blues

Guitarplayer JWO's new beautiful CD “Sharqi Blues certainly blows a strong North-African wind in our country, ...a sandstorm also noticable around the world.

(source Dutch Radio 6 World and MusicFromNL)

Unlike over- discussed integration issues, Sharqi blues shows that the multicultural society is capable of great achievements (source JazzFlits magazine)

Howling electric guitar, rhythm section, hammond organ facing twinkling qanun and a flamboyant Egyptian String Orchestra creates Horny Funky Bellydance in a post modern line-up with constantly changing soundscapes (source Volkskrant 4 stars****)

..media about Maghreb Jazz

..is a Dutch guitar wizard who has contributed significantly to the current crossover between jazz and the music of the Maghreb region     Voice magazine Canada-Wanda Waterman

Extraordinarily gifted, classically trained Dutch guitarist Jan Wouter Oostenrijk has put together an interesting band of North African musicians to create a group that's able to navigate the crosscurrents between guitar-led jazz and Moroccan music. Global Rhythm Magazine -John Kuhlman

Open Up Your Eyes (JWO, 2000)
Maghreb Jazz Guitar (JWO, 2007)
Sharqi Blues (JWO, 2012)

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Primary Instrument:
Guitar, electric

Location:
Amsterdam

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Credentials/Background:
Owner and founder of Guitar School Amsterdam.

Clinic/Workshop Information:
Specialised in crossovers between Western and Northafrican/ Arabic music. How to integrate arabic elements in jazz, blues, pop and rock.

Improvising with Arabic scales (on Guitar).

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Sharqi Blues
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