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OUDYANO is عصام رافع Issam Rafea, oud player and Steven Hobert, eclectic keyboardist and improviser. Rafea, a native of Syria, and Hobert, of Minneapolis MN, join hearts to create music that sensitively peers inward, boldly prays outward; crawling with curiosity, then leaping into clouds. Arabic classical tradition meets American jazz & roots to delight audiences through the world peace enacted by their embrace.

After the first notes these men ever played together, they both cried out with joy.


released July 16, 2016


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Steven Hobert leaps out into the world with boldness, heart and mastery in his new album “Ocean Eyes”. His piano driven explorations interweave flowing improvisations, classical and folk melodies, jazz harmonies and hip-shaking grooves. This magical journey carries the listener via wings or raft through forest, sea and sky while evoking dance, wonder, reflection, and laughter. ... more

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