When he was 15 he bought his first oud, an Arabian lute, with money he earned singing at weddings. After he finished school, he immigrated to Austria where, in the course of the next ten years, he came into contact with first-rate musicians from the European music scene. In the meantime he has collaborated, for example, with Bill Laswell, Nils Petter Molvaer, Bugge Wesseltoft, Markus Stockhausen and Wolfgang Muthspiel.
Now he will perform on open systems 2005 in a duo with trumpeter Paolo Fresu.
Paolo Fresu is one of the most remarkable and unmistakable soloists who have emerged onto the European jazz scene in the course of the last years. Fresu has developed a powerful sound with transparency, leading him through fast hardbopping phrases and letting him become a lyrical aesthete in balladesque moments.
Time and again, Dhafer Youssef has succeeded in combining the Sufi sounds of his homeland with the respective sound of his partners. For the closing concert of open systems 2005, he will perform in a combination which has never before been heard. The two protagonists will be joined by a guest who will find a surprising and individual way across the bridge between them.
A fitting conclusion for a festival under the motto Dialogue and Innovation surprising, inventive and inspiring.