Cairo Steps is an international Sufi-jazz-world-music ensemble consisting of German and Egyptian musicians. It was founded in 2002 as a collaboration between Egyptian oud player and composer Basem Darwisch and German pianist and producer Matthias Frey, Cairo Steps has become an international ensemble under the musical direction of German jazz pianist and conductor Sebastian Müller-Schrobsdorff.
Cairo Steps merges music styles from different parts of the world and combines traditional Egyptian and oriental grooves with modern jazz improvisation, classical music and electronic sounds. The music is
influenced by spiritual ethnic music and Sufi traditions and alternates between meditative sound escapes and strong unison rhythms. The result is a unique music style and an exciting blend of numerous cultures.
The ensemble aims at creating a unique concert experience by working with recognized guest soloists such as Mohamed Mounir & Maher Fayez & Ali El Helbawi & Marwa Nagy, Ali Al Haggar , Monika George and Prof. Ines Abdeldaiiem (flute) . Elegant lighting and visual illustrations as well as high quality sound also play a crucial role in supporting the musical vision of Cairo Steps during their live performances.
The band has played numerous concerts in Egypt and Europe with musicians and artists from around the world including performances shown on international live TV broadcasts.
In 2015 Cairo Steps has scheduled several concerts including performances at the Opera Houses in Cairo and Alexandria and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt, the opera house “Alte Oper” in Frankfurt, Germany.