And the Alice of Lewis Carroll crossed the path of Ibrahim Maalouf and Oxmo Puccino! Their meeting that gave birth to this superb album concept guided by the magic wand of the trumpeter and the pen of the rapper. In 2011, the Festival d'ile de France had invited Ibrahim Maalouf to imagine a musical inspired by Alice in Wonderland. To accompany them in this adventure, he had then sought Oxmo Puccino. With the addition of the orchestra and choirs, the two artists are building the backbone of a modern opera, and multicultural. Ambitious project, completed in a good mood, freedom and a sense of humour, to The country of Alice… mix of emotions, and it is a new work of art that can be discovered here.
Paris-based trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf's moody mix of jazz, groove and Lebanese traditional music comes across rather like a cut-up novel by William Burroughs or a collection of short stories by Paul Bowles, or at least a shot in that direction. Diasporas was Maalouf's debut album, and was originally released on his own Mi'ster Productions label in 2007. It's been followed by Diachronism (Mi'ster, 2009), which inhabits similar territory but spread over two discs. Diasporas, pithier and more rigorous, is the more enjoyable of the two albums and its release into the wider European marketplace is a welcome development.
A pioneering figure in the world of contemporary jazz thanks to his fusion of pop, soul, electro, hip-hop, and French chansons with the music of his Lebanese roots, Ibrahim Maalouf is widely regarded as one of the most gifted trumpeters of his generation. Born in Beirut in 1980 to a pianist mother and famous trumpeter father, Nassim, he fled to the suburbs of Paris with his family from a young age during the midst of the Lebanon civil war.
Lebanese origin French trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf is on Babylon stage again with his extraordinary style on February 11, 2014. Instead of playing traditional three valve trumpet he is playing four valve trumpet which was invented by his father Nassim Maalouf in 60’s. He is also writer Amin Maalouf’s nephew. Ibrahim Maalouf released his first album “Diasportas“ in 2007 from his own company Mis’ter Production. In 2012 with his album Wind, Ibrahim Maalouf made successful achievment in France and Belgium. He collabrated with so many important musician like Sting, Vanessa Paradif, Vincenct Delerm. Now Ibrahim Maalouf is coming with his new album Illusions while bringing together all differences under an energetic approach.
Born in Beirut, now settled in France, Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf plays a heady mix of jazz, funk and improvisation steeped in classical and Arabic styles. In Paris, he has become a noted figure on the electro-jazz scene, bringing his style to modern funk and electronica acts, but his music also has a mystical, contemplative quality that sets him apart from most contemporary players. Named `Discovery of the Year? at the 2010 French Jazz Music Awards Ibrahim has played with renowned artists such as Amadou and Mariam, Sting, Salif Keita, Toumani Diabate, Matthieu Chedid (aka M) and the legendary Lebanese composer/singer and oud player Marcel Khalife.