Art Alert: French-Lebanese musician Ibrahim Maalouf to perform at Giza pyramids

Ahram Online , Sunday 14 Feb 2016

The trumpeter and composer Maalouf, who infuses jazz and western music, will perform for the first time in Egypt

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 concert in Egypt on Saturday 19 March at the Sound and Light Theatre, Giza pyramids.

The concert is organised by music production house Sawt Music, which revealed the aforementioned concert details through Facebook.

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

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 trumpeter Nassim Maalouf. The trumpet includes an additional fourth valve and hence enables Maalouf to play the quarter-tones of Arabic music.

8pm, Saturday 19 March
Sound and Light Theatre, Giza pyramids

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