Art Alert: Oriental jazz musician Yehya Khalil in three concerts in April

Eslam Omar , Monday 25 Mar 2019

Khalil, who has received the Cairo Opera House Lifetime Achievement Award, will perform in Cairo and Alexandria in April

Yehia Khalil
Yehia Khalil during a concert at the Cairo Opera House, December 2018 (Photo: Eslam Omar)

Egyptian jazz musician Yehya Khalil will perform his last three live concerts of the season,starting with the Bibliotheca Alexandrina on 1 April, followed by two successive concerts at the Cairo Opera House on 11 and 12 April.

"It was a very successful season. I enjoyed the crowd at each concert. I hope they enjoy the upcoming three events," Khalil told Ahram Online Monday.

One of the pioneers of the jazz movement in Egypt, Khalil has been keen to perform at least twice a month since he received the Cairo Opera House-bestowed Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution to enriching musical life in Egypt last year.

"After the season, I will return to the United States this summer and I will be performing a series of concerts there and in various countries in Europe," Khalil said.

Khalil is currently preparing a new album, most of which was recorded in the United States, in addition to a programme titled 'Helm Yehia' powered by the Yehya Khalil Foundation for the Culture of Jazz Music, founded by Khalil and managed  by actress Mawey Kishk and writer Mohamed Khairy.

The “King of Jazz”, as his fans label him, lived in Chicago in the 1960s and 70s, after joining the American Music Conservatory for two years. He played with many well-known international musicians, including Jimi Hendrix, Ginger Baker, Jeff Bush and Eric Clapton, before returning to Egypt.

First Concert
Monday 1 April, 8pm
Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria

Two last concerts:
Thursday 11 April and Friday 12 April, 8pm
Cairo Opera House, Zamalek

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