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Ibrahim Maalouf

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A pioneering figure in the world of contemporary jazz thanks to his fusion of pop, soul, electro, hip-hop, and French chansons with the music of his Lebanese roots, Ibrahim Maalouf is widely regarded as one of the most gifted trumpeters of his generation.

Maalouf was born into a 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 in the 1960s. (However, several Serbian Romani trumpeters, such as Marko Marković, Dejan Avdić, and Demiran Ćerimović use such microtones in their playing as well.) In addition to trumpet, Maalouf also plays  piano, frame drums, marimba, keyboards, electronic bass, electronics and sings.
The maestro of the quarter-tone trumpet, Ibrahim Maalouf, at the crossroads of jazz and Arabic music was one of the more surprising of the musical “hybrid” choices at WOMEX 2011. 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 Victory Prizeat the “Victoires du Jazz” competition in Juan-Les-Pins ( France)
Following a prestigious classical career sanctioned by several international awards (France, Hungary, Finland, USA), the diploma of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and after having collaborated with many symphony and chamber orchestras, as well as various ensembles throughout the world, Ibrahim became a well-known figure on the music scene thanks to his collaboration with singers such as Sting, Amadou et Mariam, Lhasa de Sela, Matthieu Chédid, Vincent Delerm and many others who wanted to use his sound and his unique playing style to colour their music. Ibrahim was rapidly recognized by the Jazz world and his three first albums were unanimously acclaimed by the national and international press.

His third album Diagnostic released in October 2011, had sold more than 25000 copies by the end of June 2012, and “Wind” released in november 2012, had sold more than 35000 copies after one year, which makes Ibrahim Maalouf the French instrumentalist with the highest sales in France over the last five years.
In November 2013, he published Illusions, a new album that takes full advantage of seven years of collaboration with his group and feeds his many side projects

Ibrahim also composes music for Cinéma. In 2013, he composed the soundtracks of “Smart Ass” (Kim Chapiron), “Yves Saint Laurent” (Jalil Lespert), “Red Rose” (Sepideh Farsi).  In 2006, Ibrahim created his own label to produce his albums but also more recently to produce other projects and artists.

Ibrahim Maalouf on February 2, 2014 at Gazarte - Voutadon 32-34 Gazi -  Athens - 2103460347 -
François Delporte : Electric guitar
Laurent David : Electric bass
Frank Woeste : Keyboard (Fender Rhodes)
Stephane Galland : Drums
Youenn Le Cam : 1/4 tone trumpet, Flute, Bagpipe
Yann Martin & Martin Saccardy: Trumpets


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