Let’s take a ride with “Travel Across Borders” and experience the transformative power of jazz music. This captivating collection takes you on a melodic exploration that transcends borders and connects cultures.
Jazz has an extraordinary ability to unite people from diverse backgrounds. It breaks down barriers, fostering a shared language that goes beyond words. Through its infectious rhythms and soul-stirring melodies, jazz has the power to evoke emotions, uplift spirits, and ignite a sense of unity among listeners.
As you dive into this handpicked selection, you’ll witness the boundless capabilities of jazz. From the pioneering jazz legends who shaped the genre to the contemporary artists who push its boundaries, each track embodies the freedom of expression that jazz embodies. This playlist takes you on an enchanting expedition across continents, from the birthplace of jazz in America to the vibrant jazz scenes of Brazil, China, Iran, Africa, Europe, and Cuba. It’s an immersive experience that introduces you to new artists and celebrates nostalgic tunes from revered international jazz icons.
Jazz has a unique way of blending different musical traditions, infusing them with improvisation and innovation. It effortlessly weaves together elements from various cultures, creating a harmonious tapestry that celebrates diversity.
By embracing jazz, we celebrate the beauty of cultural exchange and the richness that emerges when different traditions collide. It reminds us of our shared humanity and the power of music to transcend cultural divides.
Join “Travel Across Borders” and let the universal language of jazz guide you on a mesmerizing expedition. Discover new artists, relish in nostalgic tunes, and experience the sheer brilliance that emerges when diverse cultures converge within the realm of jazz music.
- Summertime – Renee Olstead
- Sunny Afternoon – Haley Reinhart
- Antonico – Elza Soares
- Rio – Leny Andrade
- St. James Infirmary Blues (feat. Rhiannon Giddens, Michael Ward-Bergeman & Reylon Yount) – Traditional
- When Will You Return – The Shanghai Restoration Project
- Plum Blossom Chant – Zhen Chen
- Dorna – Marjan Vahdat
- Instrument & Vocal – (Poem By Baba Taher) – Mohammad-Reza Shajarian
- Feeling Good – Meklit
- Gentleman – Fela Kuti
- Dou Coula – Arat Kilo
- Blewu – Angelique Kidjo
- 1944 – Jamala
- In The Morning – Norah Jones
- Deserted – Simin Tander
- Bella ciao – Najwa
- Bésame Mucho – Andrea Bocelli
- Mágoas de Coboclo – Luciana Souza
- Mapucha – Yilian Cañizares
- Soy Cubana – Remasterizado – Omara Portuondo
- Watermelon Man – Mongo Santamaria
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About the Curators
Siavosh has always had a passion for music and storytelling. With experience as an event organizer, writer, podcast director, and songwriter, he found a way to combine all his talents: Curating Music Playlists.
His background in event planning gave him an eye for organizing and sequencing music. As a storyteller and podcast director, he knew how to use music to evoke emotions. And as a songwriter himself, he had an ear for talent. Jazz music inspires Siavosh. He searches for undiscovered music to share. His goal is to use music to tell stories, as he did with his storytelling podcasts. To promote new musicians, Siavosh started an independent record label for artists mainly from the Middle East. Through his label and playlists, Siavosh has become a tastemaker, introducing listeners to songs they have never heard before. His passion for music and diverse experiences have led him to become an innovative curator.
Bringing Brazilian Music to The World. What is Brazilian Guitar, or “Violão Brasileiro” (in Portuguese)? What about Choro or Seresta? What about Samba? Whether it's São Paulo or Mexico, Dallas or Dubai, Hanoi or Nairobi, Munich or Helsinki, Abdallah Harati uses his guitar to create an insight to the soul of Brazil.
Musician, producer and business strategist, Abdallah Harati is originally from São Paulo, Brazil, grew up in São José dos Campos and since 2015 has been established in Munich, Germany. Prior to that, Abdallah has lived in Guatemala City, Mexico City , San Juan, Dallas, Stockholm, Dubai, Hanoi and Nairobi.
Since the pandemic started, early 2020, Abdallah has released several singles and 1 EP independently in the most popular digital music platforms. His songs were featured in famous blogs like All About Jazz (https://www.allaboutjazz.com), added to the "Relaxing Spanish Guitar" and "Violão Brasileiro" Spotify Editorial Playlist. Abdallah is reaching approximately 2500 streams per day. Additionally, Abdallah is also producing other independent musicians and artists, under the Harati Media label. Several collaboration videos, with remote musicians in different parts of the world, were created by him and generated lots of traction in the virtual environment.
In his childhood, Abdallah grew up in a musical environment not only with his mother but also with his grandparents playing traditional Brazilian music. Uncles and cousins, some amateurs, other professional musicians, music quality was always a must.
He started learning music with flute, piano and finally the classical guitar. However, the home influence of Choro, Seresta and Samba was very strong. Graduated as Electronic Engineer, at the College in Bauru (countryside of São Paulo, Brazil), he had several programs to his credit at the Radio UNESP and performed several concerts. He had the pleasure to appear as the opening acts for famous artists such as Oswaldo Montenegro and Tom Zé. Awarded as best guitar solo performer at the USP Music Festival in 1994 and 1995, he was already part of the Choro Club in São José dos Campos. He was part one of the most important Choro initiatives (Escola Portátil de Música), led by Luciana Rabello, Maurício Carrilho, Pedro Amorim, Álvaro Carrilho and Celsinho Silva. He has travelled all over the world and spent time at Berklee College of Music in Boston and Granada, Spain, at the Carmen de Las Cuevas.