Rabih Abou-Khalil

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Born: August 17, 1957; Beirut, Lebanon  
The musical traditions of the Arabic world are fused with jazz improvisation and European classical techniques by Lebanese-born oud player and composer Rabih Abou-Khalil. The CMJ New Music Report noted that Abou-Khalil has "consistently sought to create common ground between the Arab music mileau of his roots and the more global musical world of today." Down Beat praised Abou-Khalil's music as "a unique hybrid that successfully spans the world of Read more traditional Arabic music and jazz." Although he learned to play the oud, a fretless, Lebanese lute, as a youngster, Abou-Khalil temporarily switched to the classical flute, which he studied at the Academy of Music after moving to Munich, Germany, during the Lebanese Civil War in 1978. In an attempt to explore new ways to play Arabic music, he returned to the oud and began to incorporate techniques more often played on jazz guitar. In the early-'90s, Abou-Khalil was commissioned by Southwest German radio to write two pieces that were debuted in a performance with the Kronos String Quartet at the Stuttgart Jazz Summit in 1992, and recorded with the Belanescu Quartet four years later. Abou-Khalil has worked with a mixture of Arabic, Indian, and American jazz musicians, including alto saxophonist Sonny Fortune, frame drummer and percussionist Glen Velez, conga player Milton Cardona, harmonica ace Howard Levy, and bassists Glen Moore and Steve Swallow. ~ Craig Harris Read less
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    New Impossibilities / Harth-Bedoya, Ma, Silk Road Ensemble
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 56286 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rabih Abou-Khalil,  Osvaldo Golijov,  Huang Hai-huai,  Zhou Long  ... 
    Performer:  Kojiro Umezaki,  Yo-Yo Ma,  DaXun Zhang,  Yang Wei  ... 
    Conductor:  Miguel Harth-Bedoya
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble,  Qi Lin,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    In Search of the Miraculous / Hilliard Ensemble, Louth Contemporary Music Society
    Label: Louth Contemporary Music   Catalog: 1301 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Siobhán Cleary,  Fazil Say,  Vache Sharafyan,  John Surman  ... 
    Performer:  Elisaveta Blumina,  Fazil Say,  John Surman,  John Feeley  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble,  EQ Ensemble
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    Levant / Amici Chamber Ensemble
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22655 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov,  Sergei Prokofiev,  George Gurdjieff,  Gayané Chebotaryan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amici Chamber Ensemble
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    Yo-Yo Ma - 30 Years Outside the Box
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 752307 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 90
    Composer:  Sandeep Das,  Traditional,  Kayhan Kalhor,  Zhou Long  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Gramley,  Kim Dong-Won,  Yo-Yo Ma,  Mark Suter  ... 
    Conductor:  Miguel Harth-Bedoya,  John T. Williams,  Ennio Morricone,  Isaac Stern  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Qi Lin  ... 
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    New Impossibilities / Harth - Bedoya, Ma, Silk Road Ensemble
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 710319 Release Date: 07/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rabih Abou-Khalil,  Osvaldo Golijov,  Huang Hai-huai,  Zhou Long  ... 
    Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma,  Kojiro Umezaki,  Yang Wei,  DaXun Zhang  ... 
    Conductor:  Miguel Harth-Bedoya
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble,  Qi Lin,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    Label: Enja   Catalog: ENJ-9560 Release Date: 01/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rabih Abou-Khalil
    Performer:  Rabih Abou-Khalil,  Michel Godard,  Sarina Zickgraf,  Tobias Feldmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Frank Strobel
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