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Radio & Podcasts

Ibrahim Maalouf: a Conversation on Harmony, Heritage, and Hope

Read "Ibrahim Maalouf: a Conversation on Harmony, Heritage, and Hope" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer


Today, the Spotlight shines On trumpet virtuoso and international superstar Ibrahim Maalouf. Ibrahim is exactly the type of artist we love hosting on the podcast--sensitive, open and unwilling to be limited by genre or expectations. His work mixes jazz, pop, classical, electronic, Middle Eastern, and African influences into a cosmopolitan sound all his own. Ibrahim and his family fled the civil war in Beirut when he was still a child, settling in France, where his musical ...

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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

Melody Gardot: Sunset in the Blue - The Deluxe Version

Read "Sunset in the Blue - The  Deluxe Version" reviewed by William H. Snyder


Henri Matisse, the master of the use of color, said, “Art should be something like a good armchair in which to rest from physical fatigue." Melody Gardot's Sunset in the Blue: The Deluxe Version shows its mastery, in both the color of its cover design and the execution of its musicianship. Back in the day, Matisse got in trouble with some art critics for his simile. Some listeners might have a similar reaction to Melody's music, but not all. Gardot's ...

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Melody Gardot: Sunset in the Blue

Read "Sunset in the Blue" reviewed by Scott Gudell


Melody Gardot emerged from her own smoky shadows of the mid-2000s as if she were some femme fatale emanating from a film noir movie. The plot twist was that she was the good girl, but it was her body that had been damaged in an auto accident. An extensive recovery followed. Her long, lean cane only reinforced her long, lean looks. The shades added just a touch of mystery. If there was anything positive, it was that she confronted the ...

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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 ...

Album Review

Ibrahim Maalouf: Live Tracks 2006-2016

Read "Live Tracks 2006-2016" reviewed by Luca Muchetti


Quello che ci piace è il taglio sempre al confine, la capacità di costruire temi circolari poco banali, sono le influenze mediorientali che hanno reso la tromba di Ibrahim Maalouf inconfondibile come un marchio di fabbrica. Ci piacciono le atmosfere incandescenti dei locali di Istanbul che nel DVD abbinato al CD mostrano un pubblico di giovani che ascoltano le evoluzioni di Maalouf cantando ogni singola nota. Ci piace l'esibizione accanto alla grande Juliette Gréco, raccolta all'Olympia nel 2014, ci piace ...

Album Review

Ibrahim Maalouf: Red & Black Light

Read "Red & Black Light" reviewed by Luca Muchetti


Alla fine del 2016 lo abbiamo visto duettare con Sting sul palco del Bataclan note di “Ishallah," sulle orme di una speranza possibile e necessaria. Oggi riascoltiamo Ibrahim Maalouf nel suo Red & Black Light, ultima fatica in studio pubblicata dalla Impulse!, terreno liquido nel quale lungo otto tracce il trombettista franco-libanese getta ponti fra mondi e linguaggi differenti. Occidente e oriente dialogano infatti nel mélange di suoni vicini a un funk elettrico e attraversati da rotte ...


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