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Jazzahead 2018

April 2018. After the visit of the music fair Jazzahead 2018 in Bremen (19.- 22. April, booth 6C14) with hopefully many new contacts and possibilities, Oliver will finalize art work and will release the new album with new tracks inspired by jazz and electronic music. All instruments and arrangements Oliver recorded in his own studio. Live onstage he will have a great band with guitar, vibes or keys, bass and drums. On festivals or in clubs for electronic music he is able to present the music in a DJ plus soloist(s) format.

Here are two songs of the new album with a new line up of the band in our first concert:

First songs of the new album "Future Blues" at concert at B-Flat Berlin (Sept. 3 2017)

This years gig in the "new" B-Flat in Berlin-Mitte will present some of his new compositions, of the new album (working title "Future Blues") with a mix of jazz, house und electronica. Oliver Hafke Ahmad (Saxophones), Amr Hammour (Gitarre), Shota Higashikawa (Bass), Benjamin Strauss (Drums) and maybe some more musicians will perform for you.

Sunday, Sept. 03. 2017, Doors 20:00h, Curfew: 21:00h, B-Flat Acoustic Music + Jazz Club,

New Project, video of the first show online!

Oliver Hafke Ahmad & Jaak Lutsoja (Jazz, Tango, Rock, Electronica)
feat. The Hammour Brothers live at B-Flat Berlin

In this collaboration of the Estonian accordeonist Jaak Lutsoja and the german-arab saxophonist Oliver Hafke Ahmad from Berlin melt world jazz, new music, tango and electronica. After several days in the studio working on new material, the first show was performed and recorded on March 13, 2016 at B-Flat Berlin. Jaak Lutsoja came the long way from Talinn exclusively for this gig.

The concert was a trip from Berlin to Estonia, Serbia and Syria, because you will hear the Serbian-Syrian Hammour Brothers (Amr and Bilal from Damascus) on guitar and bass. Olivers longyear bandmate Benjamin Strauss, one of the most versatile percussionists in Berlin, on drums. The video is now online and your can find the link here. More...

First Album "Back & Fourth" Out Now!

Oliver Hafke Ahmad's first album as a leader of his quartet (Thibault Falk - p, Shota Higashikawa - b, Benjamin Strauss - b) will be released on the artist's own label Urban Grooves Berlin Records.

Jazz journalist Christian Broecking reviewed the album in the Berliner Zeitung and finds the album "successful" and "impressive". The hip German Jazzmagazine Jazzthing hears "pliant sounds between jazz-rock, soul, funk and pop".

You will find twelve tracks between funk, jazz, pop and electronica all written and arranged by Oliver. The title of the album Back and Fourth reminds of the unstable life of an artist, the tension between tradition and innovation, and the backbeat in music as well as the interval fourth, which is used in jazz and one of the songs.


The album has been recorded in Berlin with love for many details and Oliver edited and mixed it afterwards on his own. He is also responsible for the artwork. Oliver portraited himself and his bandmembers in a visual mixture of concentration and dynamic at the same time, a symbol for the music the quartet has recorded here. Oliver's debut album summarizes his many experiences in the music business as musician, journalist, promoter, photographer and now also label owner.

The album "Back & Fourth" has been released on October 1st 2014 and is available in online-music-stores and on streaming websites worldwide. A complete list you find here.

More about the album and the songs you find here.

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Oliver Hafke Ahmad´s Jazz Nomads on Sept. 19th first time live in Erfurt

In September our ensemble will perform for the first time in the Jazzclub Erfurt. First time with us: Eyal Lovett on Piano and Keyboards (Shota Higashikawa on 7-String-Bass and Benjamin Strauss on Drums). We present songs of our first release "Back & Fourth" and more unreleased material. More informations on the website of Jazzclub Erfurt e.V. (Saturday, September 19 2015, doors open 20:00h, show time 20:30h)

Oliver Hafke Ahmad´s Jazz Nomads meet the Hammour Brothers from Syria live at Zig zag Jazzclub Berlin

On July 23rd we will perform at the Zig Zag Jazzclub in Berlin-Friedenau (show time 21:00h, Hauptstraße 89, 12159 Berlin near Innsbrucker Platz). We present songs of our first release "Back & Fourth" and more unreleased material and perform with Amr Hammour (git, Oud, voc) and Bilal Hammour (6-String-Bass), two of the best known young jazz musisicians from Damascus.

Concert at B-Flat Berlin, February 02, 2015
Oliver Hafke Ahmad's Jazz Nomads "Back & Fourth"

The Band will perform the music of the first album "Back & Fourth" and some more new material between jazz, funk & house. Oliver Hafke Ahmad (Saxophon), Thibault Falk (Piano, Electronics), Shota Higashikawa (7-String-Bass), Benjamin Strauss (Drums). Venue: B-Flat, Rosenthalerstr. 13 in Berlin-Mitte, Feb. 02 2015, Entrance 20h, Start 21h.

Concert at B-Flat Berlin, December 23, 2014
Oliver Hafke Ahmad's Jazz Nomads feat. Hal Tsuchida (Organ/Bass Pedal)

The Band will perform for the first time with the Japanese organist Hal Tsuchida, who will also play the bass with his left hand or his feet on the bass pedal. Together with Thibault on grand piano and electronics we are looking forward for an exciting new sound experience.
Postmigrant Urban Grooves (Jazz, Funk, Electronics): Oliver Hafke Ahmad (Saxophon), Thibault Falk (Piano, Electronics), Hal Tsuchida (Hammond Organ & Bass Pedal), Benjamin Strauss (Drums). Venue: B-Flat, Rosenthalerstr. 13 in Berlin-Mitte, Dec. 23 2014, Entrance 20h, Start 21h.

Radio-Interview 26. August 2013, 6:00 pm on

Oliver Hafke Ahmad will be interviewed on monday, 26. August 2013 at 6:00 pm during the show of Jacobien Vlasmann on He will present for the first time music of his recently recorded album with the Jazz Nomads!

Concert at B-Flat Berlin, September 2nd 2013

Oliver Hafke Ahmad`s Jazz Nomads, Postmigrant Urban Grooves (Jazz, Funk, Electronics): Oliver Hafke Ahmad (Saxophon), Thbault Falk (Piano, Electronics), Shota Higashikawa (7-String-Bass), Benjamin Strauss (Drums). Venue: B-Flat, Rosenthalerstr. 13 in Berlin-Mitte, 2.9.2013, Entrance 20h, Start 21h.

Studio Session Finished

In the beginning of 2013 Oliver Hafke Ahmad booked for three days Berlin´s Greve Studio to record fourteen of his own compositions with his quartet. Oliver Hafke Ahmad on Saxes and flute, Thibault Falk on piano, fender rhodes, wurlitzer and laptop, Shota Higashikawa on electric and double bass and Benjamin Strauss on Drums.

Twelve songs have been chosen, edited and mixed and will be released soon. Bookers, promoters and media is welcome to ask for a link to the pre-release-album.

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