Art Alert: Ayman Fanous in solo guitar, bouzouki concert at Tahrir Cultural Center

Ahram Online , Wednesday 30 Jun 2021

Ayman Fanous

Ayman Fanous will give a solo concert on guitar and bouzouki on Saturday 3 July at Tahrir Cultural Center.

The Egyptian guitarist and composer has been described as a “master musician/composer pursuing the most imaginative alternatives to the status quo… who has honed distinctive and unconventional methods on both guitar and bouzouki, managing to synergize classical, flamenco, and free jazz techniques,” (Karl Ackerman,

He is hailed for his signature sound which critics compare to a “stylistic amalgam of Derek Bailey and Paco de Lucia,” (Jay Collins, Signal to Noise).

"In addition to the guitar, Fanous also reaches back into his Egyptian ancestry in improvisations on the bouzouki. This is informed by many years of absorbing influences from the musical traditions of the Arab world, Turkey, India, North Africa, Persia, and the Balkans. More recently, he has developed extended electric guitar techniques using a slide," reads a brief released by Tahrir Cultural Center.

"Fanous has led duos, trios, and quartets with numerous world-renowned jazz and improvisational musicians, including Frances-Marie Uitti, Bern Nix, Tomas Ulrich, Jason Hwang, William Parker, Ned Rothenberg, Mark Feldman, Joe McPhee, Denman Maroney, Elliott Sharp, Mat Maneri, Lori Freedman, Greg Howard, Daniel Levin, Kinan Azmeh, Chris Speed, Andrea Parkins, Ikue Mori, Susan Alcorn, Darius Jones, and Tatsuya Nakatani."

"Fanous's duo CD with Tomas Ulrich, Labyrinths (Konnex Records, 2007), was described as 'the benchmark for all cello-guitar duo recordings' (Signal to Noise)."

In 2019, he released a duo CD, Negoum, with cellist Frances-Marie Uitti on Mode Records. It was the first in the Fanous Edition of Mode, which will feature Fanous's collaborations with numerous artists from a wide variety of genres. Negoum was described as "beyond magic" by Tyran Grillo in the New York Jazz Record.

Saturday 3 July, at 8pm
Tahrir Cultural Center, Fountain Area
AUC Downtown campus
entry from Mohamed Mahmoud Street

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