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How The Amman Jazz Festival Is Turning Jordan Into The Middle East’s Capital Of Swing

“Life is a lot like jazz… it’s best when you improvise”, composer George Gershwin said once. If there is one genre that holds all the possible –and impossible– forms of reverie, that’s jazz. And in the Middle East, the Amman Jazz Festival displays them all.     

The festival opened last month with the #JazzforSyria project, a mind-blowing simultaneous event organized by Syrian Music Lives that gathered 3 concerts from Beirut, Amman and The Hague (Netherlands) all connected via Internet broadcast and one common message of reconciliation.

There was an eclectic flavor on stage, with international talents like Japanese Yuichiro Tokuda, Italians Kekko Fornarelli & Roberto Cherillo, and insanely talented Ricardo García with his “Flamenco Flow”. Jordan’s Levant Quartet and Egyptian Ahmed Nazmi’s performances added Middle Eastern fusions, and the Syrious Mission Musicians & Children brought the crowds all up.

Now in its 3rd edition, the festival brings a local touch to a genre that holds diversity in its core, proving once more how world music festivals can rewrite the history of music.    

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Valentina Primo

Journalist, globetrotter, and determined idealist. Since Valentina left her home country of Argentina, she has searched for ways to build bridges between cultures and foster dialogue. Her previous work in international organizations in Italy and Germany fed her passion for the world of development, while her 8-year journalistic experience in Argentina and Egypt increased her curiosity for everything that challenges the stereotype. She holds a BA in Journalism and a Masters in Peace Studies with a specialization in Human Rights.

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