“Especially one thing the musicians have in common: their strive for a perfect musical combination, an odd harmony which moves people”.
When the Arabic poetry meets contemporary jazz, the result is a special lyrical bond that leaves no one unmoved… This bond is musically “captured” by the band MASAA, evoking harmony as well as warmth.
With Lebanese-born Rabih Lahoud as a founding member and a name that refers to the nightly conversation when the rhythms slow down, the tension of the day is gone and the big truths are spoken, MASAA offers an exciting and highly atmospheric ethno-jazz experience.
The five albums that the group has recorded so far, Freedom Dance (2012), Afkar (2014), Outspoken (2017), Irade (2020), East West Symphony – Hiwar (2021) accurately represent this pioneering project, for which MASAA has received numerous awards, including the Bremer Jazzpreis (2012), the Creole audience award (2013), the Förder-RUTH of the Rudolstadt Festival (2015) and the German Jazz Award (2021) for best vocal album of the year.
MASAA has toured the world and has travelled from East Africa to Lebanon. The year 2019 is a milestone for MASAA, as the addition of two new musicians redefines and enriches the group’s sound and repertoire with influences from classical, pop and ethnic music.
Rabih Lahoud, vocals
Marcus Rust, trumpet
Reentko Dirks, double-neck guitar
Demian Kappenstein, drums
Rabih Lahoud studied classical piano, composition, classical vocals, and jazz vocals. He feels at home in both Western and Eastern music traditions, the latter due to his Arabian roots. This ambivalence adds to the charm of the confluence of musical styles. He formed the band “Eternal Voyage” with Markus Stockhausen, and together they released a CD in 2009 and performed together in the Cologne Concert Hall as well as many other venues. He teaches at the music college of Düsseldorf and Hamburg.
Marcus Rust discovered a personal interest in foreign cultures on a trip to India while he was performing his compulsory community service. Since then he follows the path of combining tradional musical elements of different cultures with jazz. Next to MASAA he performs with the band of the ethiopian singer Feven Yoseph, and with his duo ZIA. The musicians of ZIA focus on combining jazz and traditional music of a variety of cultures with jazz with church organ and trumpet.
Reentiko Dirks has written and recorded music for artists of the Cirque du Soleil as well as the Semper Opera Dresden and is a member of the EUROPEAN GUITAR QUARTET. Reentko has been introduced to a large audience as the guitar player alongside Giora Feidman and played concerts at the Tchaikovsky Hall Moscow and the Carbegie Hall New York.
Demian Kappenstein released his first solo album WEIT a suite for percussion, electronics and photography about travels to Mozambik, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, India, Lebanon and Taiwan. Next to a common drum set his instrumentarium consists of found junk objects as well as manipulated childrens toys and household objects. Along with MASAA he is touring with his duo “Ätna”.