Iconic French-Lebanese musician Ibrahim Maalouf to give first Egypt concert

Ahram Online , Tuesday 26 Jan 2016

Maalouf's most recent project 'Kalthoum' comprised a jazz translation of Umm Kalthoum’s chef d’oeuvre Alf Leila Wa Leila

Ibrahim Maalouf
Trumpet player Ibrahim Maalouf performs during the 17th edition of the Gnaoua World Music Festival in Essaouira, Morocco on June 14, 2014. (Photo: Reuters)

Iconic French-Lebanese musician Ibrahim Maalouf is scheduled to give his first Egypt concert this March.

The concert is organised by the music production house Sawt Music, which made the concert announcement yesterday 24 January on its Facebook page. The concert’s exact date and location have yet to be announced.

Born on 5 December 1980, Maalouf is an award-winning trumpeter and music composer, fusing classical Arabic and western, especially jazz, music.

Maalouf has thus far produced eight albums including, Diasporas (2007), Diachronism (2009), Diagnostic (2011), Wind (2012), Illusions (2013), Au Pays D’Alice (2014), Red and Black Light (2015), and most recently Kalthoum (2015) which comprises a jazz translation of Umm Kalthoum's chef d’oeuvre Alf Leila Wa Leila.

Throughout his vibrant music career, Maalouf has embarked on avid collaborations, including performances with world-famous musician and actor Sting, French rock musician Matthieu Chedid, and Lebanese singer, composer and oud player Marcel Khalife.

He uses an extraordinary trumpet contrived by his father, famous trumpet player Nassim Maalouf. The trumpet includes an additional fourth valve and hence enables Maalouf to play the quarter-tones of Arabic music.

"I don't just do Oriental music, I do my music. There's a bit of jazz, a bit of the Orient, a bit of rock, a bit of hip-hop; everything I love and listen to can be found in my music," Maalouf told AFP in a 2014 interview.

“I see my albums as the soundtrack of daily life," he added.

Maalouf currently lives in Paris, France, after having left his home country Lebanon during the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990).

In the aforementioned 2014 AFP interview, Maalouf also reflected on his memories of co-performing in concerts with his father.

"I was eight or nine years old. I was playing, my father next to me. I was comfortable and it was fun. Once the concert was over, I went off to play marbles," he said.

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