venerdì 26 febbraio 2016

Ibrahim Maalouf ابراهيم معلوف

Ibrahim Maalouf (born 5 December 1980) is a French-Lebanese trumpet player and teacher, composer and arranger. He was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and now lives in Paris, France.

Maalouf was born into a Lebanese family of intellectuals and artists; he is the son of trumpeter Nassim Maalouf and pianist Nada Maalouf, nephew of the writer Amin Maalouf and grandson of journalist, poet and musicologist Rushdi Maalouf. He is noted for playing Arabic music with quarter tones on the trumpet, which is a rare skill, pioneered by his father and Don Ellis in the 1960s.

Maalouf has also earned prizes in the major classical trumpet competitions in the world. In July 2010, he was awarded the Instrumental Revelation of the Year at the French Jazz Music Awards (Victoires du Jazz), and more recently was awarded Best World Music Artist at the French Music Awards in 2014.

Ibrahim has also composed several movie soundtracks, (Yves Saint Laurent (Jalil Lespert) 2014; Smart Ass (Kim Chapiron) 2013), and several pieces for choirs and symphonic orchestras.

After winning international classical music competitions, Ibrahim was well known for playing and recording with renown artists from different styles of music: Sting, Salif Keita, Amadou & Mariam, Lhasa de Sela, Marcel Khalifa, Vanessa Paradis, Juliette Greco, Archie Shepp,...

His family fled Lebanon in the midst of a Lebanese Civil War and Maalouf grew up in the Paris suburbs with both parents and his sister Layla, who is two years older than he is. He studied there until the age of 17 and earned a baccalauréat in General Science and Specialised Mathematics from the Lycée Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire in Étampes (Essonne).

He began to study the trumpet at the age of 7 with his father Nassim Maalouf, a former student of Maurice André at the Paris Higher National Conservatory of Music and Dance. His father taught him classical technique, baroque, classical, modern and contemporary repertoires, as well as classical Arabic music and the Arab art of improvisation and style. In fact, his father was the inventor of the micro-tonal trumpet, called “quarter tone trumpet”, which makes it possible to play Arab maqams on the trumpet. Another characteristic of these early years was that Maalouf began playing the piccolo trumpet very young. From the age of 9, he accompanied his father in a duo throughout Europe and the Middle East, playing a baroque repertoire by Antonio Vivaldi, Henry Purcell, Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni, etc... This was how he learned to play in front of an audience, and how audiences gradually began to become acquainted with him. When he was 15, Maalouf came to the attention of professional musicians when during a concert with a chamber orchestra, he interpreted the 2nd Brandenburg Concerto by Johann Sebastian Bach, considered by many trumpeters as the most difficult piece in the classical trumpet repertoire. Several years later, Maalouf met Maurice André, who encouraged him to go professional. This prompted Maalouf to abandon his scientific studies and dedicate himself entirely to his musical career.

Maalouf then successfully passed an open competition at the CNR de Paris (regional Conservatory) and joined the class of Gérard Boulanger for a two-year training course. After that, he passed another open competition and joined the CNSM de Paris (Higher National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris) in the class of Antoine Curé for a three-year training course. He obtained degrees from both of these schools, considered to be the top establishments in the field of classical music, but also during his five years of study, he entered national, European and international trumpet competitions in order to discover the full range of the trumpet repertoire and to develop his technical skill.

Between 1999 and 2003, Maalouf earned awards in 15 competitions throughout the world. His most prestigious prizes were 1st prize in the Hungarian International Trumpet Competition in Pilisvörösvár in May 2002, 1st prize in the National Trumpet Competition (Washington DC) in 2001 and 2nd prize (ex aequo) in the Maurice André International Competition in Paris in 2003, regarded as one of the two most prestigious international competitions. The Cziffra Foundation and the Pro-Europa Foundation, patroned by the Prince of Denmark also contributed significantly to the launch of his international classical career.

From 2006 to 2013, Maalouf has been trumpet instructor at the CNR of Aubervilliers, La Courneuve in France, where he followed in the footsteps of the celebrated instructor André Presles. Maalouf is regularly invited to give master classes and recitals in France and abroad.

Maalouf also composes for different classical orchestras. He wrote more than 15 pieces for different ensembles from small to symphonic orchestras and choirs that were commissioned since 2005.

Ibrahim now teaches improvisation to classical musicians, (all instruments) at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris.

Maalouf has never abandoned the Arabic trumpet. Although competitions take up a large measure of his time, he nevertheless continues to explore music from other angles, in particular improvisation and composition with Arabic music and Jazz. During his studies at the Paris CNSM, he followed jazz classes as assiduously as he did classical trumpet classes. His training in jazz is self-taught, derived from his experience with Big Bands and with different groups he has played with at different times. He often plays in Paris jazz clubs, frequently changing from one band to another in pursuit of the sound he is interested in. In 2000, Maalouf met producer Marc-Antoine Moreau, who introduced him to the cellist Vincent Segal. It was the beginning of a long and fruitful series of encounters. Amadou & Mariam, Matthieu Chedid, Lhasa de Sela, Angel Parra, Jeanne Cherhal, Arthur H, Marcel Khalifé...between 2000 and 2007, Ibrahim performed with many internationally famous singers and musicians, discovering the musical trade while exploring his own sound. His last great partnership was with his friend, the French singer Vincent Delerm, who asked him to accompany him on a promotion tour for his album Les Piqûres d’Araignées, a tour that ended in June 2007. In November 2008, Maalouf played in the opera « Welcome to the Voice » at the Chatelet Theatre in Paris. Composed by Steve Nieve (Elvis Costello’s keyboardist) and directed by Muriel Teodori. On this occasion, Maalouf encountered on stage various artists including Elvis Costello, Sylvia Schwartz and Sting, who played the lead role in this performance. Sting asked him to play on one of the title songs of his October 2009 album. Maalouf then toured again with Vincent Delerm (January 2009) in a smaller formation where he derived a lot of pleasure from playing piano, wurlitzer, vibraphone, synthesizer, drums and trumpet, while finishing his second album, planned for the Fall 2009.

Maalouf has composed music since he was very young. He presented his compositions for the first time in 1999. His first group "Farah" had a relatively strong Oriental Jazz flavor because he was accompanied by a saxophone, a ney (Middle-Eastern end-blown flute), a transverse flute, a piano, a double bass, a guitar, a buzuq (a long-necked fretted lute related to the Greek bouzouki) and Arabic percussions. A concert recording by this group was broadcast on several music channels between 2004 and 2005. The group did some studio tests, but never produced an album.

In 2004, his encounter with Lhasa de Sela opened the doors of electro music to him. His collaboration with pop and rock singers made him discover other musical styles apart from jazz, classical music and Arabic music. Gradually, Ibrahim’s compositions began to reflect a more contemporary style. In 2006, after exploring many different musical paths, he met Alejandra Norambuena Skira (from the SACEM’s Action Fund), who introduced him to Jean-Louis Perrier. Jean-Louis helped him to form the band with whom he gave a concert on February 12, 2006 at the Paris New Morning Jazz Club. From that moment on, he became a recognized figure of the Paris Oriental Electro Jazz Scene.

His music and his trumpet playing are strongly inspired by his Arabic culture, but the instruments around him (bass, electric guitar, drums, Arabic percussion and vibraphones) and the musicians with whom he performs give a more contemporary rock, electro and Jazz-funk flavor to his music. His concerts are generally built around stimulating music that makes people want to get up and dance. But there is always a short, more contemplative, mystical interlude during his concerts, which he calls "a collective universal prayer". Maalouf gets a lot of his inspiration from his culture of origin. This subject has been explored in the documentary Souffle! (Blow), directed by Christophe Trahand and produced by Cocottes Minutes between 2005 and 2006. Christophe Trahand followed Ibrahim for several months in pursuit of the key to his inspiration and to explore his relationship with his native country and the distance that separates him from it. This documentary was broadcast by TV5 MONDE and is available on DVD in the collection Docnet Films.

(Source : Wikipedia)

Ibrahim Maalouf ابراهيم معلوف - Diasporas (2007)

01 Intro
02 Diaspora
03 Kanoun Improvisation
04 Hashish
05 Missin' Ya (Night In Tunisia)
06 Oud Improvisation
07 Shadows
08 Verdict
09 Last Wishes
10 Trumpet Improvisation (bonus track)
111925 (bonus track)


Ibrahim Maalouf ابراهيم معلوف - Diachronism  ( 2010 )


01 Pouh Hia
02 Naga (Feat Adrian Jubran)
03 Ya Ha La
04 Trumpet And Saz Improvisation (Feat Bijan Chemirani)
05 Hyu Man

06 Intro (Old Radio Of A Lebanese Mountain)
07 Esse Emme
08 Intro (Winners Of 2007-2009 Tour)
09 Bizarre (Feat M)
10 Make Ce (Feat Lollibob)
11 Trumpet And Piano Improvisation (Feat Jacky Terrasson)
12 Souma Hia (Feat Jacky Terrasson)


Ibrahim Maalouf ابراهيم معلوف -  Diagnostic (2011)

01  Lily (is 2) 

02 Will soon be a woman
03  Intro
04 Maeva in the wonderland
05 Your soul
06 Everything or nothing
07 Never serious
08 We'll always care about you
09 Douce (feat Oxmo Puccino)
10 All the beautifull things
11 Diagnostic
12 Beirut


Ibrahim Maalouf ابراهيم معلوف -  Wind (2012)

01 Doubts 
02 Suspicions
03 Waiting 
04 Questions & Answers 
05 Waiting 2 
06 Excitement 
07 Certainly 
08 Sensuality 
09 Issues 
10 Surprises 
11 Doubts 2 
12 Mistery  



Ibrahim Maalouf ابراهيم معلوف - Illusions (2013)

01 Illusions 
02 Conspiracy Generation 
03 InPressi 
04 Nomade Slang 
05 Busy 
06 If You Wanna Be a Woman 
07 Unfaithful
08 True Sorry 
09 Illusion  

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Ibrahim Maalouf ابراهيم معلوف - Red and Black Light (2015)

01 Free Spirit (07:01)
02 Essentielles (03:39)
03 Goodnight kiss (06:51)
04 Eléphant’s Tooth (04:37)
05 Red & Black Light (03:51)
06 Escape (06:15)
07 Improbable (05:59)
08 Run the World (Girls)


Ibrahim Maalouf ابراهيم معلوف - Kalthoum (2015) 

01 Introduction
02 Overture I
03 Overture II
04 Movement I
05 Movement II
06 Movement III
07 Movement IV


mercoledì 24 febbraio 2016

Men Wara el 3adaseh من وراء العدسة ( Reloaded )

Men Wara el 3adaseh ( Behind the Lens ) is a collective of three underground MCs and producers, Samer Abdel Karim, Qarar & Edd Abbas. Back in September 2012, the trio released their first self-titled 6-track EP titled "Men Wara el 3adaseh". Three years later, the trio came back to work on their second album titled "Ta2irat el Rou7" ("Soul Plane") produced entirely by Edd Abbas. Lyrically, the album is inspired from the changes that each member went through in the past couple of years on both a personal and socio-political level. On behalf of the collective, we are proud to present to you this album that was completed in less than 5 months.

Men Wara el 3adaseh من وراء العدسة EP

 01 Nhar Jdid
 02 Soul
 03 Makhzan Malein (remix) 
 04 Ightiyeil
 05 Bala esem
 06 3ibarat majeziyyeh


 Men Wara el 3adaseh من وراء العدسة - Ta2irat el Rou7 طائرة الروح

 01 Roo7 El Moude3abeh
 02 Roo7 El Moughamara
 03 Roo7 Riyadiyeh
 04 Roo7 El Funk bi Beirut
 05 Rou7 El Nekteh
 06 Rou7 El Na3na3
 07  Fineh Rou7
 08 Ma Fineh Roo7
 09 Rou7 El Moughamara El Tawileh


lunedì 8 febbraio 2016

Chaabi Music From Al Maghrib الـمـوسـيـقـى الـشـعـبـيـة مـن الـمـغـرب

Label :   Mississippi Records ‎– MRC-009

Format :  Tape

A1    Lemchaheb  لمشاهب - Taleb الطالب       
A2    Jil Jilala   جيل جيلالة -   Liyam Tnadi    الايام تنادي  
A3    Sheika & Mohammed   
الشيخة و محمد  Alhob Asaab الحب الصعب 
A4    Rais Hmad Bizmaoun 
الرايس احمد بزمون    - Amarg Noune امارك نّون 
A5    Al Warchan 
الورشان  - The Local is a Strangerولد البلاد و غريب 
A6    Sfya Oltalwat 
صفية اوتّلوات - Ofikhad Awaadi اوفيغداد اوّاد   
A7    Nouas 
نوّاس  - Kords كردس  
A8    Achbal El Atlas   اشبال الاطلس  -  Elouassya الوصاية 
Jil Jilala جيل جيلالة  -    Laayoun Ainna  العيون عينية
A10  Kbira Bziouia 
لكبيرة بزيوية  -  Dami دامي 

B1    Nass el-Ghiwane 
ناس الغيوان Ya Bani Al Insaneيا بني الانسان
B2    L'Farka Chaabia 
الفرقة الشعبية  - Oghniat L'Haj   اغنية الحج  
B3    Jil Amrawa 
جيل عمراوة  - Allah a Sidi Rabi el-Alli الله أسيدي ربي العالي
B4    Jil Jilala
جيل جيلالة  -   Al Kouds القدس 
B5    Tajdid El Houari
تجديد الهواري    -   El Baz  الباز 
B6    Abdou el Omari  عبده العماري  - Fatine فاتن
B7    Fahoud Ahlesahar 
فهود آل السهر   - Hada Zmane Oudak Zmane  هدا زمان وذاك زمان
B8    Unknown Ensemble - Ahla Nya اهل النية - مجموعة
B9    Eddaka  الدقة   - Alef Leila Oua   Leila ألف ليلة و ليلة ألف ليلة و ليلة - الدقة


sabato 6 febbraio 2016

Nouwasse El Hamra نواس الحمراء - Waili Hjarni وايلي هجرني / Yama ya maya ياما يا مايا

Label : Koutoubiaphone ‎– KTP 1668

Format :  Vinyl 7"

Side A ) Waili Hjarni  وايلي هجرني

Side B ) Yama ya maya  ياما يا مايا


Al Warchan الورشان - Mani Hayeme ماني هايم

Label :  Koutoubiaphone ‎– KTP 1684 

Format : Vinyl  7" 

Side A )  Mani Hayeme  ماني هايم
Side B )  Mani Hayeme  ماني هايم


Tagada تڭدة - Sir Fihalek Yahad El Ould سير قحالك ياهد الولد

Label : Casaphone ‎– CSP 1454

Format : Vinyl 7" 

Side A )  Sir Fihalek Yahad El Ould   سير قحالك ياهد الولد
Side B )  Sir Fihalek Yahad El Ould   سير قحالك ياهد الولد  


Eddaka الدقة - Alef Leila Oua Leila ألف ليلة و ليلة

Label : Philips ‎– 6278078

Format : Vinyl 7"

Country : Morocco

Released : 1973 

 Side A :   Alef Leila wa  Leila ألف ليلة و ليلة   Part 1
 Side B :   Alef Leila wa  Leila ألف ليلة و ليلة   Part 2


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