About Nazih Borish
Nazih Borish began to learn the oud by himself at the age of five, listening to the music of many different cultures like flamenco, jazz, blues, Indian music, etc. He began working as an oud player in popular music bands at the age of thirteen. He created a new style of oud playing, always pushing the limits of this instrument.
In 2005, Nazih founded the Syrian Oud School in his hometown, Lattakia, and got more than 100 students who now work as musicians. In 2016, Nazih moved to Montreal where he continues his musical work with friends and a new family of musicians.
Since relocating to Montreal, Nazih has played with groups such as Constantinople, The Canadian Arab Orchestra, The Rou Trio with residencies at the Lunenberg Music Academy wit Culturally Inappropriate”, an ensemble of musicians from India, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Canada with members of the Silk Road Ensemble, Constantinople and Centre Des Musiciens Du Monde.
It was with this group that Nazih Borish and Roberto Occhipinti met and immediately sparked a musical friendship, cemented by duo performances at the Aga Khan Museum.
A new duo recording is being planned for spring 2020, with guest artists from Cuba and Spain
About Roberto Occhipinti
Roberto Occhipinti is one of Canada’s most esteemed bassists.
A musical chameleon, he has performed and recorded with a range of artists, such as Jazz legends Hilario Duran, Dafnis Preto, Sam Rivers, Tito Puente, Jane Bunnett,
-Popular music with Gorillaz, Soul Stew, Bruce Cockburn, Jann Arden
-World Music with Afel Bocoum and Jamey Haddad, Odessa Havana, Sicilian Jazz Project, Simon Shaheen
-Contemporary Music with Osvaldo Golijov, Steve Reich, Tan Dun and Elliott Carter.
Roberto has recorded 5 critical acclaimed discs of his own music and has produced albums for Hilario Duran, Dave Young, Dafnis Prieto, The Gryphon Trio, Michael Occhipinti, and Bass Virtuoso Joel Quarrington.
He has won numerous awards including 5 Juno awards,(Canada’s Grammy) SOCAN award for Composition and Ragusani Nell Mondo Premio in 2009
In his native Canada, he has performed as a sideman and leader virtually every jazz festival in the country, notably at the Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver as well as concerts across the USA, Cuba, Mexico, Europe, India and Africa.