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Dhafer Youssef band makes their Healdsburg Jazz festival debut / Fairfield Daily Republic

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Tunisian oud player/singer/improviser extraordinaire Dhafer Youssef makes his Healdsburg debut this Sunday June 9 with top jazz players Matt Brewer on bass, Marcus Gilmore (Roy Haynes' grandson, for those in the know) on drums, and Tigran Hamasyan on piano. Youssef has mesmerized international audiences for years with his magical multi-octave voice, string wizardry, and magnetic stage presence.

Dhafer's extraordinary career is punctuated by several collaborations that have added to his experience. Dhafer thus alternates musical projects and collaborations such as a duet with the legendary tabla player Zakir Hussain with whom he performs on a sold-out tour in Europe and India, a duet with Dave Holland, and a Digital'Africa project with the great kora master Ballake Sissoko and Eivind Aarset ... These collaborations are sources of development and inspiration for the artist who is always insatiable for new sounds. This is also often an opportunity for him to meet exceptional musicians with whom he develops relationships and artistic exchanges that go beyond these collaboration to integrate his own creations. Dhafer has indeed displayed since the beginning of his career an unbridled curiosity and a constant search for renewal and discovery, which is reflected his collaborations with artists of plural origins: India, Norway, Armenia, Turkey Austria, USA, Mali...

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