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Donna Khalife: Hope is the Thing with Feathers

Read "Hope is the Thing with Feathers" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Two-and-a-half years after her powerful debut, Heavy Dance (Self- Produced, 2017), Lebanese double bassist and singer Donna Khalifé returns with another sparkling statement. It is not an especially long time between releases, but there are significant differences between the two recordings. Heavy Dance, with guitar and saxophone to the fore, was a frequently stormy affair of edgy dissonances, odd metres and punchy angularity. Hope Is The Thing With Feathers, by contrast, is a more melodious experience. Its colors are brighter ...

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Donna Khalifé: On The Silent Wings Of Hope

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Ask any jazz musician in Beirut who stands out on the scene, who is doing something adventurous, something different, and the first name that comes to everyone's lips is Donna Khalifé. Classically trained in Beirut and Paris, double bassist/singer Khalifé turned her back on that world to dedicate herself completely to jazz and improvisation. Her debut album, Heavy Dance (Self-Produced, 2017), was a feisty, odd-metred affair of strikingly original compositions and bold improvisations where angularity and beauty went ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Donna Khalifé: Hope is the Thing with Feathers

Read "Hope is the Thing with Feathers" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Lebanese vocalist and bassist Donna Khalifé is a consummate jazz artist. In addition to mastering singing in all its aspects, including scatting, she is a distinctive composer and an accomplished instrumentalist. On her second release Hope Is the Thing with Feathers she leads her quintet on intriguing interpretations of standards and her own originals. This stimulating album opens with a unique take on Rodgers and Hammerstein's “My Favorite Things." After Khalifé's chant-like vocals, which the group's expectant refrains ...

RETHINKING JAZZ CULTURES

Lebanon: Jazz And The Revolution

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When people's anger and frustration spill onto Beirut's streets, music is one of the first things to suffer. Every few years, it seems, roads are blocked, and crowds swell the downtown area--angry at Syrian intervention or political assassination, enraged by Israeli attack, sick to the teeth of inadequate garbage collection. There's always something to arouse the ire of the Lebanese people. In such times of unrest, when explosions of violence are always a possibility, gigs inevitably, ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Donna Khalife Quintet: Heavy Dance

Read "Heavy Dance" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Lebanese bassist and vocalist Donna Khalife is an accomplished and prize winning musician. A child prodigy she received a premier education both in Lebanon and France and has forged lasting relations with musicians from both countries. Her quintet's debut release, Heavy Dance, is a testament to her multi-pronged talent as it showcases Khalife leading the band through a series of intriguing original compositions and improvisations. The various pieces do not abide by a single motif and often evolve ...


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