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Makram Aboul Hosn

Makram Aboul Hosn is a frequent performer in the Beirut music scene. You could find him on different stages playing Jazz, Rock, Classical, and Arabic music with different groups all within the same week. Currently working as a Jazz instructor at NDU, he also composes music for his own projects, and writes blogs on music and art/community. Makram plays both electric and upright bass in a variety of styles. He writes Classical works for small chamber ensembles, and Jazz compositions for small and large ensembles of improvisers. His first album "Parallel" is a spontaneous duet recording session with pianist Jeremy Siskind, and it features one of Makram's compositions "Debbie's Waltz", a romantic classical sounding piece with a brilliant improvisation from Jeremy

Album

Transmigration

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Betcha Sting; WWMD; Intro to Modjadji; Modjadji; Ever Recurring Story of September; Papa Bear; Someday My Prince Will Come; Mine Or Blues; Let Me Finish.

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Article: Radio

Melanie Charles, Leo Sidran, Irène Schweizer, Ofentse Moses Sebula & Other New Releases

Read "Melanie Charles, Leo Sidran, Irène Schweizer, Ofentse Moses Sebula & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Leo Sidran and Kat Edmonson's latest single introduce the Art of Conversation in jazz. Irène Schweizer & Hamid Drake, and Javier Santiago & Melanie Charles continue it as a dialogue; Keith Brown and Garage a Trois as a trialougue; Dina Ramirez, Roberto Negro, Erik Fratzke as a quadralogue; Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Makram Aboul Hosn, Ofentse Moses Sebula ...

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Article: Interview

Makram Aboul Hosn: The Spirit Lives

Read "Makram Aboul Hosn: The Spirit Lives" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Music does not have the power to right the wrongs of the world, but when it works its magic, it can soothe troubled souls and uplift battered spirits like few other things. Lebanese bassist/composer Makram Aboul Hosn's second album, Transmigration (Self Produced, 2021) is proof of that. It is a fine album, steeped in ...

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Article: Album Review

Makram Aboul Hosn: Transmigration

Read "Transmigration" reviewed by Ian Patterson


It is testament to bassist/composer Makram Aboul Hosn's tenacity that Transmigration has seen the light of day at all. Awarded a grant from the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture at the end of 2019, the Lebanese bassist had been all set to record the album in Europe with an international line-up. Then Covid-19 struck, adding ...

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Article: Radio

Clifton Anderson, Reggie Quinerly & Allan Harris

Read "Clifton Anderson, Reggie Quinerly & Allan Harris" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We devote a full hour of Neon Jazz to the music and artists of 2021. A lot of music was backlogged from 2020, but it was time to take a long look at the artists who are making 2021 a special year for jazz. We start off with NYC trombonist Clifton Anderson and make our way ...

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Article: Rethinking Jazz Cultures

Lebanon: Jazz And The Revolution

Read "Lebanon: Jazz And The Revolution" reviewed by Ian Patterson


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 ...


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