Beirut Jazz Festival 2011

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Beirut Jazz Festival 2011 kicks off in Beirut Souks on Sept 30th with a great lineup

Rabih Abou Khalil Group : Sept 30th 2011 at  20:30 PM

The oud virtuoso Rabih Abou Khalil was born in Beirut Lebanon in 1957 and grew up in Beirut in the 60’s and 70‘s, when it was one of the most cosmopolitan of all cities. He studied traditional Arabic music on the oud, western classical music on the flute and was exposed at home to both rock and jazz.

In 1978 he moved to Munich Germany due to the Lebanese civil war and continued his study of classical flute. In fact he played flute on his first album, but shortly afterwards switched to the oud, which he plays on all his subsequent recordings.

Rabih Abou-Khalil not only integrated classical Arabic musical ideas into western improvisational music and jazz but also started experimenting with traditional musical genres from other parts of the world. His music thrives on creative encounters and not on exoticism. From a combination of diverse cultural elements something very personal and coherent emerges. With his original composing technique, his unconstrained, yet daring approach to classical Arabic music, he has found a musical language entirely his own. Rabih ABou Khalil has released 22 albums until today, most of them on ENJA records. He has also recently turned to composing for orchestra and contemporary classical ensembles.

Tickets : 45000L.L., 60000L.L., 90000L.L., 110000L.L., 150000L.L.

Philippe El Hage Feat Houry Dora Apartian : Oct 1st 2011 at  20:30 PM

Born in Byblos in 1979, Philippe began studying music in Lebanon. In 2000, he obtained a degree (DEUG) in French Literature from Saint Joseph University (USJ) in Beirut before moving to Paris to complete his piano studies at the Boulogne Billancourt Conservatory.

He followed advanced courses for three years at the Regional National Conservatory (CNR) of the city of Rueil-Malmaison under Chantale Riou, obtaining the First Prize in Piano (Gold Medal). In May 2005, thanks to his piano improvisations, he was nominated for the Paris Young Talents 2005 Contest organized by the city of Paris.

After two years of advanced Piano Jazz courses at the Gabriel Fauré Conservatory under Francois POPINEAU, Philippe El Hage began performing in Lebanon, France and Italy in concerts of classical music and improvisation. In September 2007, he released his first album, Byblos, which he recorded in France. He went on tour with his new quartet, playing his own compositions, an original musical genre open to the world, reflecting his diverse influences: jazz, classical harmony and oriental (Near Eastern) music. In 2008, Philippe EL HAGE released his 2nd album, Sunday Afternoon, recorded live in Beirut, and he has recently released a 3rd one, Flying with Elephants, which has topped the charts at Virgin Megastore.

Tickets :  30000L.L., 45000L.L., 60000L.L.

Chucho Valdes & The Afro Cuban Messengers : Oct 6st 2011 at  20:30 PM

Pianist Jésus “Chucho” Valdés has stood as the patriarch of Cuban jazz during the last 25 years of the 20th century. With the classical technique of a concert pianist, the speed and versatility to tackle bop with the veracity of Bud Powell, and roots deeply planted in the Afro-Cuban tradition, Valdés stands as one of today’s most versatile musicians.

The son of famed pianist/composer Ramon “Bebo” Valdes, Chucho was born in 1941, in Cuba, and grew up in a musical circle that included legends of Cuban jazz. He studied classical technique in school and learned and played jazz and traditional Cuban music in jam sessions. He worked in several big bands in the ’60s, and formed his own jazz-oriented quartets and quintets.

In 1973, he put together the big band Irakere, which blended traditional Cuban music with rock, jazz and funk and included members such as Paquito D’Rivera and Arturo Sandoval. International tours, Grammys and fame followed, but tensions between the Castro regime in Cuba and the U.S. government prevented the band from getting the exposure it deserved. D’Rivera and Sandoval defected, but Valdés stayed in Cuba and kept the band going to this day. After signing with Blue Note records, Valdés has turned his focus toward small ensemble and solo work.

 Tickets : 45000L.L., 60000L.L., 90000L.L., 110000L.L., 150000L.L.

Marcus Miller : Oct 8th 2011 at  20:30 PM

Born 14 June 1959, New York City, New York, USA. Taking up the electric bass in his teens, Miller’s early musical experience came from the New York soul scene. Flautist Bobbi Humphrey gave him his first serious work in the jazz idiom in 1977, which was quickly followed by a tour with Lenny White’s group. Becoming competent on an impressive number of instruments, Miller’s reputation grew in the New York studio world. By 1980, he had recorded for Bob James, Grover Washington Jnr., Roberta Flack, and Aretha Franklin.

In 1980, he joined Miles Davis, but left after two years for the financial lure of session work, producing and playing on several albums for David Sanborn. The second and more important period of Miller’s relationship with Davis began in 1986, when he played almost every instrument and wrote most of the music for Tutu, Davis’ first album for Warner Brothers Records. Davis had never before given away so much artistic control, but must have been pleased with the result, for Miller worked just as closely with him on his Music From Siesta ’88 and Amandlia albums.

After spending many years as a producer and session musician, Miller successfully focused on his solo career in late 1993, winning a Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album in 2001.

 Tickets : 45000L.L., 60000L.L., 90000L.L., 110000L.L., 150000L.L.

All Tickets are available at Virgin Megastores and on Online

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