This quartet was formed as a result of a meeting arranged by Markus Stockhausen between the Lebanese singer Rabih Lahoud and the Dresden-based trio around trumpeter Marcus Rust, together they combine the best of two very different worlds in their music. Western jazz meets the poetry of the East. Masaa is the Arabic word for evening, which, for Lahoud, is the most magical time of day. At dusk, the intersection between day and night, the atmospheric sounds of the multi-award-winning ensemble are truly at home. Works such as the soft and enchanting Mira make European audiences forget that they have no command of Arabic – so enthralled are they in the pull of the magical sounds. Masaa release their fourth album Irade on the Berlin indie-jazz label Traumton Records in February. On the new album, their pianist is replaced by the double-neck guitarist Reentko Dirks, as a result of which the band’s sound undergoes another transformation.