The Meaning of the Ouds

Le Trio Joubran -  Majaz
Le Trio Joubran – Majaz
Trio Joubran

Majaz (Randana Rand 002, 2007)

Inspired by the music of well known guitar trios, the Joubran brothers decided to do the same with ouds. Samir, Wissam and Adnan are three Palestinian brothers who have taken the oud (also known as ‘ud) to new heights On Majaz, released on the Joubran’s artist-owned label, the virtuoso musicians improvise music with three ouds and percussion, based on ancient Arabic techniques. There are also elements of Flamenco, which seems to be an important source of inspiration.

North American audiences will be able to enjoy the magic of Le Trio Joubran during the North American tour that begins February 15 in Bellingham, Washington.“Once a poet was asked, ‘what is the meaning of Majaz?’ And the poet said, ‘It is the meaning of the meaning,” says Samir Joubran, the eldest brother in the group. “Poetry is a transparent result of all of our feelings as human beings, our happiness and sadness, as lovers, Palestinians, young people, and so on. This is how our music is metaphoric. It tells about our honest feelings, openly, without precision, like poetry. Our music is without words. We hope that each listener connects each track to a feeling that he or she feels or to a situation in their life.”

Buy Majaz.

Tour dates:
02/15/2008, FriBellingham, WA   PAC Concert Hall at Western Washington U., 516 High StreetTix: $16 – $25, Show: 7:30 pm 

  • Tix available at (360) 650-6146 or online at A limited selection of tix also available at Village Books and the Community Food Co-op. 02/16/2008, SatVancouver, BC Canada   St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave.
  • Call (604) 739-9373 for more information 02/19/2008, TueCharlottesville, VA University of Virginia02/21/2008, ThuDetroit, MI   ACCESS – Arab American National Museum, 13624 Michigan Ave.Tix: $8 – $10, Show: 7:30 pm02/22/2008, FriSaint Paul, MN; Sundin Music Hall – Hamline University, 1531 Hewitt Avenue
  • For tickets, call 651-523-2459. Presented by the Minnesota Guitar Society 02/23/2008, SatSaint Paul, MN; Sundin Music Hall – Hamline University, 1531 Hewitt Avenue
  • For tickets, call 651-523-2459. Presented by the Minnesota Guitar Society 02/24/2008, SunCharleston, WV   Cultural Center Theater, State Capitol Grounds, Greenbrier & Washington StreetsDoors Open: 5:30 pm, Show: 7 pm
  • Mountain Stage performance.
  • Author: Angel Romero

    Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for TelevisiĆ³n EspaƱola (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.