“Music is universal. It is a language that we can all speak, understand and recognize. Everyone can meet around music, and musicians can communicate with tones even when they can’t understand each other’s language.
Each country has its own music culture, their own instruments, melodies and rhythms. In Syria, the Arab folk have drawn threads far back in time. In West Africa they have the Yoruba music, that is imbued with rhythm and divine worship. If you go to Japan, a tone language prevails to a point that you won’t find that anywhere else. There are instruments that are completely unique, as for instance those found in India. In Morocco, Gnawa rules the music, and further west in South America, salsa, merengue and tango have left their mark on the culture.
All together music enriches and unites. But what happens when you are taken away from the music? What happens when war and natural disasters, family relationships or living conditions force one to move? As a musician one has dedicated himself to one’s profession. You have to live from it. But when you end up in a country which cultural habits are far away from your tradition, then you are “at the bottom of the food chain”. Then you are a beginner and working is sometimes not even possible. How should an oud player from Palestine suddenly play Jazz music in Denmark? There needs to be a space for everyone to be heard.”