The Sound Routes Band

In addition to house concerts and jam sessions in each participating country, there was formed the "The Sound Routes Band" within the project itself. A band consisting of members based in Berlin, Bologna, Brussels, Gent, Rom and Sevilla touring Europe together to spread the idea of the project and connect more musicians - and hopefully help to include more partners and cities into the project.

Dates 2018*

  • November 3, 2018 - SEVILLA/Spain
  • October 28, 2018 - BOLOGNA/Italy
  • October 12, 2018 - BERLIN/Germany
  • January 13, 2018 - BERLIN/Germany

*more dates soon ...


Guglielmo Pagnozzi

Guglielmo Pagnozzi (Jazzdog) is a highly-skilled musician who plays clarinet and sax since he was 16 years old. He’s also a composer and a arranger who’s been active in the jazz scene since the early nineties.

He has played with many artists in Italy an other countries of Europe, the United States and Africa, among them: Lester Bowie, Famoudu Don Moye, Steve Lacy, Ernst Reijseger, Bob Moses, Furio di Castri, Paolo Fresu, Antonello Salis, Enrico Rava, Daniele Sepe, Roberto Paci Dalo’, Sangue Misto, Gianni, Gebbia, Roberto Freak Antoni, Billy Konate, Gianluca Petrella, Saba Angliana and Roy Paci.

He entered the Italian jazz scene playing with the masters Enrico Rava, Furio di Castri and Paolo Fresu. In the mid-nineties together with other young musicians, including Fabrizio Puglisi and Cristina Zavalloni, he founded the Bassesfere Association in Bologna, for the dissemination of creative and avant-garde music. Also in the 90s he explores, in addition to jazz, klezmer music with the band Dire Gelt, Arabic Andalusian and Maghreb music with Moroccan violinist Jamal Ouassini, hip hop with Mixed Blood, Neapolitan music with Guido Sodo and Cantodiscanto and African music with Gabin Dabirè.

From 2000 to 2005 he was a member and co-arranger of the band of the songwriter Giorgio Conte. In 2007 he formed the Jazz Gang, a band dedicated to pre-bop jazz, and the band Voodoo Sound Club where he explored a mix between jazz, afrobeat, afrofunk, desert blues, rock and psychedelic music. In 2008 he joined the nu-jazz group Mop Mop and, in the same year, his interest in African music was accomplished in a new collaboration with the percussionist Lorenzo Gasperoni and his Mamud Band, in a project entirely dedicated to the music of Fela Kuti. In 2009, together with the Senegalese drummer Moulaye Niang, he founded Bandanera, a Venetian afrobeat band.

He is currently active as a freelance jazz soloist and playing with several bands, as the Senegalese drummer Moulaye Niang and the funky Voodoo Sound Club, considered by many to be one of the best emerging bands in Italy. He has also recently played with the jazzcore project Corleone with Roy Paci, the jazz/butoh duo Strange Fruit with the dancer Yuri Dini, the Orchestra Neoliscio La Gradisca and in various public, educational and militant activities. 

Shalan Alhamwy

Violinist and composer, born in Homs (Syria) in 1982, currently living and working in Belgium. He holds a music performing bachelor from the High Music Institute in Damascus, violin class of professor Evgueny Loguenov in 2007.

Trained as a classical musician, with his background of Arabic music Shalan masters both genres playing and composing. Elements of a variety of musical styles are unmistakably recognized in his compositions. He also has written and arranged music for a plenty of ensembles, singers, films and television shows.

Those compositions were conceived to be played by several orchestras all over the world: WDR Radio Orchestra of Cologne (Germany), Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra (SEPO), Expat Philharmonic Orchestra (EPO), The National Syrian Arabic Orchestra, Violet VZW (Belgium) and others.

In addition to that, he is member of The Syrian National Symphony Orchestra, The National Orchestra of Arabic Music, EPO, SEPO and the Gent Folk Violin Project.


In this duo a very unique approach is brought to a wide repertoire of folk, Arabic, Balkan, Turkish and own compositions. Arabic and Western European tradition are melded, with a lot of space for improvisation. Damast Duo transcends borders with respect for tradition, and especially with a great love for music.

Damast Duo brings together a wide repertoire of Arabic, Balkan, Turkish, and European folk music and inspired originals. Improvised ideas flow atop the combined Eastern and Western traditions. As they transcend borders, this duo maintains respect for tradition while adding their own unique flair.

Syrian violinist-composer Shalan Alhamwy and pianist accordionist Jonas Malfliet bring music you could hear alongside the road from Damascus to Ghent. In their compositions they mix the Arabic with the Western European tradition, the notes bend to their taste, and leave a lot of room for improvisation. Damast Duo transcends borders with respect for tradition, with an especially great love for music.

Longa is a typical Eastern instrumental form. It’s vivid and technically demanding. This particular one, composed by the Syrian Wanees Wartanian, features many influences from Syria, Turkey and even gypsy music.

Papis ‘Peace’ Diouf

Papis Peace Diouf was born in Fatick (Senegal) on 09/30/1974. His approach to music at the age of twelve years was guided by his older brother Amdy, who he began studying electric bass and guitar with. Peace had his first musical experiences in the group Dental Africa, composed of young musicians of his neighborhood.


His entrance into the world of professional music has been confirmed by his collaborations with the famous Senegalese singers Fallou Dieng and Alioune Mbaye Nder, having played with them in various international tours. Peace is very requested as a session musician in the recording studio, in fact he has participated in about half of the album of the greatest Senegalese vocalists.

Papis Diouf is one of the most talented guitarists of Senegal. After playing with the greatest artists of his country, he has decided to base in Rome. From his origins in the Sérèr ethnic group, he has been able to enrich himself as an artist meeting modern western music without undermining the deep and deeply rooted African tradition. Together with the drummer Moulaye Niang and the pianist Roberto Durante (and occasionally the bassist Rasa Alminaité), they propose a reinterpretation of the organ trio mixed with powerful traditional African grooves rearranged and original compositions by Peace.

Alaa Zaitounah

Alaa Zaitounah, a musician raised in Swaida, Syria, first studied geophysics at the University of Damascus and was about to complete his master’s degree when he was forced by the war to leave Syria. Alaa started early to play the oud and was inspired by his father, who also played the oud.

Alaa is flexible for many kinds of music, in which the oud as a traditional Arabic instrument can be applied (opera, rap, classical, oriental, choirs…). He was leading an oriental orchestra in Syria before coming to Germany, where he started the project of the Begegnungschor (Choir of Hope) of Berlin in February 2016; a choir founded with the goal of bringing together people who have long resided in Germany with refugees. He also regularly conducts the orchestra of Dani Alor.


Together with Abdallah Rahal he founded the band Musiqana, and besides he plays with many bands in Berlin as an oud player, like Mazzaj Rap. Since Alaa lives in Berlin, he has given concerts throughout the city, one of the biggest being in the Berliner Philharmonie with Musiqana.

Music for him is the whole world: it breaks all the boarders, unites the planet. He says: “If we return back to the first being, where we couldn’t speak any language, we would speak only music. I don’t belong to Syria, Germany or to any place in the world. Only music can draw a perfect world”.


Tarek Fahham

One of the most important drums players in the region of Aleppo, for a long time considered to be the capital of jazz music in Syria, Tarek Fahham has witnessed the Golden Age of jazz music in this city. He learned to play guitar with barely 12 years and later, when he was 16, he became a drummer and was taught music theory by Vatche Yeramian, one of the most influential personality in the history of contemporary music practices in Syria, who would found the first Syrian Big Band in 1978.

In 1974, at the age of 18 years, Tarek started his career playing the drums in various local nightclubs with guest artists from France and the United Kingdom. Then he traveled with western bands to perform in nearby cities such as Amman and Iraq. After that he performed with the Big Band of the Artists’ Syndicate of Aleppo for three continuous years.

In 1981, the drummer moved to Greece, where he worked in Athens’ famous Copa Cabana Nightclub for two years, performing along famous world-class artists. When he returned to Aleppo, he formed a band called Aleppo Jazz Quartet and performed various styles of Jazz, including Afro-Cuban and Latin sounds. This band was playing until the the Gulf War began in 1990, and then Tarek moved on to perform along famous Arab stars such Nour Mhanna. 


In 1992, he met Garo Salakian and Asem Buni, two professional well-known jazz musicians. Together they started to play jazz again in places like the Goethe Institute and the French Cultural Center in Damascus. When he was 42, Tarek toured in the United States of America, performing along both local and foreign artists.

In 2005, he was asked to play for the Syrian Swiss Jazz Orchestra by the Higher Institution of Art in Damascus. Tarek performed with the orchestra for four years, with concerts in Syria, Austria, and Germany.

In all these years, Tarek Fahham has played in countries all over the world like USA, France, Germany, Austria, England, Australia, Greece, The United Arab Emirates, Cuba, Venzuela, Tunis, Algeria, Morocco and Egypt, among many others. He has performed or recorded with artists like Ziad Al-Rahbani, Nour Mhanna, Ragheb Alama, Asala, Chab Khaled, Rami Sabri, Fula Al-Jaza’iriyah, Lina Chamamian, Ryan, Amadeus Dunkle, Lyle Link and many more.


The project is supported by the Creative Agency of the European Commission:



Die WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN wird gefördert von der Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa.