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Ibrahim Maalouf: If You Want To See The Future, Just Watch The Culture Today

Read "Ibrahim Maalouf: If You Want To See The Future, Just Watch The Culture Today" reviewed by Leo Sidran


When Ibrahim Maalouf's parents decided to move to Paris from Beirut in the early 1980s, it was meant to be temporary. The Lebanese civil war was raging and they chose to raise their family away from the violence. But the intention was always to return to Lebanon when the war ended. They did their best to educate their children in the traditional way, and because they were both musicians themselves, music was hugely important to them. They played arabic music ...

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Album Review

Ibrahim Maalouf: 40 Melodies

Read "40 Melodies" reviewed by Matt Hooke


The age of 40, in America at least, is looked at with fear as the start of middle age. For many, it is a state of limbo; the knee pains say they are not young; however, that black hair says they are not old either. Many people buy a motorcycle or start an ill-conceived fling with a college sweetheart. Ibrahim Maalouf celebrated his fortieth with 40 Melodies, a work which features the trumpet player revisiting songs from his past and ...

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Live Review

Ibrahim Maalouf at Jazzablanca Festival 2014

Read "Ibrahim Maalouf at Jazzablanca Festival 2014" reviewed by Mehdi El Mouden


Ibrahim Maalouf Hippodrome Anfa Jazzablanca Festival Casablanca, Morocco March 31, 2014 Before composer and trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf stepped onto the stage, the audience of Jazzablanca Festival was already cheering wildly. There was a general feeling that his concert would be a memorable one, for fans eager to attend this performance. Scheduled on the third day of the festival and subsequent to Joss Stone and Stacey Kent, Maalouf drew crowds. On the eve of the ...

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Album Review

Ibrahim Maalouf: Diagnostic

Read "Diagnostic" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Much like his uncle, the celebrated author Amin Maalouf--who brought Levantine raconteur to the western novel--trumpeter/composer Ibrahim Maalouf infuses his jazz with Middle Eastern musicality. On Diagnostic--the last installment of a trilogy--Maalouf actually draws from many different sources to create a unique sound that remains definitely in the jazz tradition. The all-woman, Franco-Brazilian Batacuda group Zalindê brings a Latin sound to pieces like to “Maeva in Wonderland," especially after the midpoint, when Maalouf switches from trumpet to ...

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Album Review

Ibrahim Maalouf: Diasporas

Read "Diasporas" reviewed by Chris May


Paris-based trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf's moody mix of jazz, groove and Lebanese traditional music comes across rather like a cut-up novel by William Burroughs or a collection of short stories by Paul Bowles, or at least a shot in that direction. Partly it's the source material, in which Maalouf's east Mediterranean musical heritage replaces those authors' fascination with Morocco; partly it's the structure of the album, in which a series of relatively brief, cross-referential tracks, most lasting between two and less ...


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