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Ibrahim Maalouf

Ibrahim Maalouf


Ibrahim Maalouf

Friday, September 16, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

 
East Meets West Series: Ibrahim Maalouf  

Ibrahim Maalouf

A pioneering Beirut-born trumpeter whose vibrant music fuses jazz, traditional Arabic melodies, and chansons from his adopted France, Ibrahim Maalouf is both a performer and classically trained composer whose skill on the four-valve Arabic trumpet inspired The New York Times to declare him “a virtuoso.” Fleeing Lebanon as a child to escape his homeland’s civil war, Maalouf and his family settled in Paris, where the youngster followed in the footsteps of his father, acclaimed classical trumpeter Nassim Maalouf. He pursued jazz studies at the CNSM conservatory in Paris with a consuming passion, finding a fertile connection between the traditions of improvisation in both Arab music and jazz. His latest Impulse! release, Kalthoum, is a tribute to the late Egyptian vocalist Oum Kalthoum, the most famous vocalist of the Arab world and an artist widely known as “Kawkab al-Sharq” (كوكب الشرق), or “Star of the East.” Composed of a suite that re-interprets of one of Kalthoum’s signature pieces, “Alf Leila Wa Leila” (One Thousand Nights), the album features a spectacular quintet including saxophonist Mark Turner, German piano star Frank Woeste, bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Clarence Penn. For this performance, saxophone great Rick Margitza stands in for Turner, and the superb bassist Zachary Ostroff  performs in place of Grenadier.

Artist Personnel

Ibrahim Maalouf trumpet
Rick Margitza tenor saxophone
Frank Woeste piano
Zachary Ostroff bass
Clarence Penn drums

Artist Website

"A virtuoso of the quarter-tone trumpet " — The New York Times
"A startling new voice in contemporary jazz has arrived " — The Guardian