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Jordanian and Dutch bands perform joint concert

05-06-2011 09:27 BJT

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Music is a universal language. And that truth was put to the test on Tuesday when a Jordanian and a Dutch band performed together. Their joint concert in Amman merged oriental and western music.

More than 30 musicians from Jordan's Rum band in Jordan and the Netherlands Blazers Ensemble tooted, strummed, and banged their instruments to captivate a large audience at the Palace of Culture.

Tareq Nasser, award-winning composer, said, "Basically we could say that music meets. It could be a Western music, oriental music, music from the north or the south. Despite the environment, music is an international language. Correspondence between the two bands was about what each side wanted and did not want to do, but we were certain that as soon as we get on stage and work together, we would find solutions through our instruments."

Jordan's Rum Group was established in 1998 with some 20 performers who are interested in reviving the heritage and folk songs with modern arrangements. The band uses string, wind, and percussion instruments including some indigenous ones.

The Netherlands Blazers Ensemble was established 15 years ago and includes approximately 20 musicians from the major symphony orchestras in the Netherlands. Players meet up several times a year and perform together for enjoyment all around the world.

Despite having only one day to rehearse for the two hour show, musicians from both countries smoothly fused their music.

Bart Schneemann, leader of NBE, said, "I think the very strong quality of music is that it is universal language. Music, wherever in the world, when it is a good music, every person in the world will understand it. Of course music is a universal language, so when it is eastern music or western music I think everyone can understand it."

The concert will be followed by another in the port city of Aqaba late this week, according to organizers.


Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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