On Monday, Franco-Lebanese master trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf visited Brooklyn's Barbès. You can listen to the entire show for free right here.
Before You Press Play
Hometown: Born in Beirut, Lebanon; now lives in France
The Facts: Ibrahim Maalouf became the artist he is today by way of two hairpin turns in his early life. When civil war engulfed his home city of Beirut, he and his family fled to France, where he spent most of his childhood. And though he graduated from the Lycee d'Etampes with a mathematics degree, it wasn't long before he abandoned science for his second passion: music. That's a family business – his father, trumpeter Nassim Maalouf, is just one of an impressive clan of music professionals. But Ibrahim has done much to distinguish himself, including winning some of the most prestigious classical trumpet competitions in the world.
The Sound: Arab and jazz trumpeting in the distinctive quarter-tone style pioneered by father Nassim, with an electronic splash here and there.
Latest Release: Diachronism (2009) on Mis'ter Productions
He Said, She Said: "The young Lebanese musician Ibrahim Maalouf has played trumpet for Amadou & Mariam, Lhasa and Bumcello, and has also enjoyed a brilliant classical career. On his debut album, Maalouf fuses oriental and electronic sounds into a unique musical language." – Stefan Franzen, Qantara.de
"Like many other young musicians, Ibrahim is not only fond of music, but also of any form of art likely to nourish his imaginative universe. It is very easy to become part of Ibrahim’s diaspora since it encompasses every other kind of diaspora – you just need to push the door of his world open." – French-Music.org