"Orient meets Occident – The beginning of a personal and musical friendship. And you can hear it in every bar of their music." (Martin Hagen – SWR2)
Based on a perfect interplay between oud, double bass and drums, the three musicians create an intricate braiding of jazz beats and maqam arabesques, of Eastern finesse and Western assertiveness, crossing all stilistical borders.
„Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity“ is what the philosopher Seneca once said to describe a coincidence. Playing on the word Hazard refers to one meaning: dedicate yourself to one thing, put everything at stake, go all in – the rest is luck. Fadhel Boubaker, Jonathan Sell and Dominik Fürstberger consider their chance encounter as a lucky strike, created through the combination of talent and the joy of playing.
Fadhel Boubaker (oud), Jonathan Sell (double bass), Jakob Deiml (piano) and Niko Seibold (saxophone) met for the first time during the music workshop 'Orient meets Occident' in Bayreuth (Germany) in 2011. There began not only a close friendship but also their intense collaboration as musicians. They called their new ensemble Beyond Borders Band, booked flights to Tunisia right after the workshop to play their first concert at Palace Ennejma Ezzahra in Tunis. In January 2013 Dominik Fürstberger (drums) joined the band and they recorded their first studio album Un Coup du Destin.
In 2013 Fadhel Boubaker, Jonathan Sell and Dominik Fürstberger took part in the Workshop in Bayreuth once again. Vladimir Ivanoff, artistic director of the workshop, had the idea to arrange a spontaneous church concert for them as a trio. This was the birth of the Haz’art Trio.
This trio lists the cross-cultural exchange as one of the most important sources for their inspiration. And as they are looking for exchange as equals, they really try to get to know each other's culture. For instance, Fadhel Boubaker like almost no other oud player improvises freely above harmonic changes like a musician with western roots. Similarly, Jonathan Sell is one of the few double bass players to really dive into Arabic maqam theory. Apart from traditional rhythms and percussion instruments from the Arabic world Dominik Fürstberger creates additional sonic layers with live electronics to carry both, Eastern and Western music traditions over to the present. They visit each other regularly for concerts in Germany and Tunisia and immerse themselves into the foreign culture that becomes more and more familiar and part of their identity. The music of Haz’art Trio clearly shows how much potential can be found in exchange and exemplifies the benefit of difference.
In January 2016 Haz’art Trio recorded the album Infinite Chase in Basel (Switzerland) together with producer Vladimir Ivanoff (head of the ensemble Sarband) who released the album on his new label The Muse Alliance on March 1st, 2017.