Musical Performance: From Beirut to Paris: Global Expressions with Ibrahim Maalouf

Fri, May 6, 2011 9:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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"There is in the music of Ibrahim Maalouf, memories of laughter and tears, traces of war and peace, the presence of nostalgia and euphoria, but still springs the promise of life.’ - Mondomix

Ibrahim Maalouf - Trumpet
Frank Woeste - Piano

Making his first ever performance at Alwan, sensational Lebanese-French trumpeter and composer Ibrahim Maalouf teams up with celebrated jazz pianist Frank Woeste to perform a unique mix of classical, contemporary, jazz and Arab music compositions.

Listen to Ibrahim Maalouf and Frank Woeste perform "Beirut"

About Ibrahim Maalouf:

The year was 1980, and as soon as he was born, Ibrahim Maalouf was uprooted from his motherland of Lebanon. He kept the music of his childhood buried inside for many years, and later this homesickness helped him to develop his musical world, urging him to share it with others.

Born in Beirut, Ibrahim
grew up and lived his exile in France in a family that has become well-known after several generations in different fields such as music, painting, journalism, poetry, literature and teaching. Ibrahim discovered trumpet with his father Nassim Maalouf - a former student of Maurice André and the first Arab trumpeter to play Western classical music. He studied modern, classical, baroque and contemporary concertos, and at the same time was surrounded by Arab classical, ethnic and traditional music, which are based on arab music "maqams" that he is able to reproduce due to his father's invention in the late sixties of the quarter-tone trumpet (with a fourth valve). His unique style is a heady mix of jazz, funk and improvisation steeped in western classical and Arab music. In Europe he has become a noted figure on the electro-jazz scene, bringing his style to modern funk and electronica acts, but his music also has a mystical, contemplative quality that sets him apart from most contemporary players.

Ibrahim has received numerous prestigious diplomas, honorary awards and international prizes. Named ‘Discovery of the Year’ at the 2010 French Jazz Music Awards, he has played with such renowned artists as Amadou and Mariam, Sting, Salif Keita, Toumani Diabate, Matthieu Chédid (aka M) and the legendary Lebanese composer/singer and oud player Marcel Khalife. In 2009 he made his debut at the Barbican Centre as part of the London Jazz Festival. His discography includes Diasporas, released in 2007, and Diachronism, released in 2009.

Frank Woeste
was born in Germany in 1976 and grew up in a family of musicians. As a teenager Frank took piano lessons at the Bremen Conservatory and jammed at the local jazzclub with local jazz musicians. After spending a year in the United States, he moved to Paris in 1997 to study at the Paris Conservatoire, which served as a meeting point for many young artists, enabling him to rapidly engage with the Parisian music scene. After graduating from the Conservatoire in 2001, he won a number of 1st or 2nd prizes in international jazz competitions, including the Steinway Prize at the Montreux Piano Competition, the Jazz Hoeilaart International Competition and the Gexto European Jazzcontest, where he was noticed as a rising young talent by such musicians as trumpet player Médéric Collignon and singer Youn Sun Nah. In 2003 he formed his own trio with Mathias Allamane on bass and Matthieu Chazarenc on drums. Their debut album, Mind at Play (2005) on Challenge Records, garnered very good reviews in the European jazz magazines. The album began to be played on many national radio stations, including France Musique, France Culture, TSF, Deutschland Radio, Bayrischer Rundfunk, and NDR, earning the prize "Jazzmigrations 2006" (Afijma), and launching them on a tour of jazz festivals in France as well in Asia and the Middle East through "Cultures France." In 2007 The Frank Woeste Trio recorded their second album, Untold Stories.

In addition to his ensemble and solo work, Frank performs regularly with Médéric Collignon, Ibrahim Maalouf and Flavio Boltro. He is noted for his unique sound on the Fender Rhodes which combines the natural sound of the the Rhodes piano with different effects. In recent years he has shared the stage with many great musicians, including Michel Portal, Louis Sclavis, Dave Douglas, John Scofield, Rosario Guliani, Malik Mezzadri, Dominic Miller, Till Bronner, Stephane Belmondo, André Ceccarelli, Aldo Romano, Sylvain Luc, Nelson Veras, and Gretchen Parlato. He has played at many noted music festivals, including Jazz à Vienne, Jazz in Marsiac, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Paris Jazz Festival, Ginza Jazzfestival Tokio, London Jazz Festival, among others. His latest album, W - Double You, featuring his trio with a woodwind section and Malik Mezzadri, was released in January 2011.


Regular: $20, available online here.
Student/Senior/Member: $15, available online here.

A small surcharge is applied to each online ticket; use printout as your proof of purchase. Tickets are also available at the door - students, please bring valid I.D. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.

Last updated: 2011-04-16 04:10:19

Ibrahim Maalouf
Ibrahim Maalouf
Frank Woeste
Frank Woeste

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