For the fifth consecutive year, Solidere organizes Beirut Jazz Festival in Beirut Souks on the 27th, 28th and 29th of September 2012. The international Jazz festival will feature this year also Jazz icons performing for the first time in Lebanon.
September 27: Al-Madar Band with the saxophone player Toufic Farroukh
Al-Madar: is a new ensemble conceived by renowned figure of Arabic music and director of the New York Arabic Orchestra, Bassam Saba of Lebanon performing on the oud, saz, nay, and western flute and violin, in collaboration with Arabic percussionist and drummer April Centrone. Al-Madar is joined by virtuoso guitarist Gyan Riley Timba, Harris on violin/viola and trumpet, and versatile electric bassist Brian Holtz.
Toufic Farroukh: is one of the pioneers of the jazz music in Lebanon and in the Arab world, and a saxophone player. He moved to France after the outbreak of the civil war in Lebanon. In France, he joined the national conservatory. The music of Toufic Farroukh combines the tradition of the east and the modernity of the west. Toufic Farroukh introduced the electronic rhythm to go with the new international musical style. He succeeded in adding to the original rhythms without ruining their traditional oriental touch
September 28 : Arturo Sandoval one of the most dynamic and vivacious live performers of our time, he has been seen by millions at the Oscars performing with Celine Dion, at the Grammy Awards with Justin Timberlake and as a leader, as well as on the Billboard Awards with Alicia Keys. Sandoval has been awarded 6 Grammy Awards, and nominated 12 times; he has also received 6 Billboard Awards and one Emmy Award, the latter for his composing work on the entire underscore of the HBO movie based on his life, “For Love or Country” starring Andy Garcia. His last album “Time for Love” had three Grammy nominations and won two for best album and best production.
September 29: Charlie Winston returns with his recent wild ascension to the top of the charts. Some 600 000 album sales in France, driven by 4 singles including “Like A Hobo” which reached number 1, making him the second best-selling artist in 2009 just behind the Black Eyed Peas
Tickets on sale at Virgin ticketing box office