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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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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****) about Maghreb Jazz 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

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Primary Instrument

Guitar, electric



Willing to teach

Advanced students only.


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
Sharqi Blues
Self Produced


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