Wishamalii (ps-jo, fi)
This brand new ensemble is set up by three adventurous musicians from very different geological and musical backgrounds. With only a few concerts behind, the trio already sounds like a well-established, solid unit, gaining a lot of wow-type attention for its totally unique music, its charming spirit on stage, and for the pianist's revolutionary invention – the Maqiano™ Microtuning System, that allows him to play the Arabic maqamat on acoustic piano! The name Wishamalii refers to the Nordic way of interpreting the Arab-Andalusian Muwashah-songs, yet most of its repertoire is original music specially written for this band. The band is recording their debut Album in July 2023.
Nemat Battah – voice & oud
Kari Ikonen – piano (w. Maqiano™ Microtuning System)
Abdissa "Mamba" Assefa – percussion