Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival

Ibrahim Maalouf

Ibrahim Maalouf
Saturday, 28 November 2020

The fifteenth edition of the Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival is affected by the latest measures introduced in the Principality and therefore, must be canceled.

  • Date: 28 novembre 2020
  • Venue: Opera Garnier Monte-Carlo
  • Concert type: Seated concert
  • Opening doors: 08:00 pm
  • Beginning of the concert: 8.30 pm
  • Dress code: Jacket required - Correct attire
  • Minimum age: 7
  • E-Mail: [email protected]
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“I started playing concerts when I was 8 and a half years old. My dad used to take me here, there, and everywhere, and we played some of the most beautiful Baroque and improvised Arabic music together.

Now, over 30 years later, I’m very aware that my musical background is a perfect blend of the wonderful songs I used to play – without really knowing their history or origins – the riffs my dad used to come up with that I used to try and copy, and the pop music I used to listen to on the radio.

These different cultures have inspired my 11 albums in a kind of semi-recognisable musical maelstrom, and I actually have an increasingly loyal audience who love that kind of thing.

This twelfth studio album is definitely the most refined of them all, and the closest to the duets of my youth.

It’s over two and a half hours of extremely personal content, where I offer up 40 of my most memorable songs. I've also snuck in a few covers, and added 3 new tunes.

This new album of duets is straight to the point. It’s all about what has guided and inspired me for so long: the melody, and the trumpet.

I've often been told off for letting my instrument take a back seat and leaving the spotlight for other musicians around me, as well as for choosing complex, busy arrangements.

Ever since I was a child, I’ve often had people – such kind people – tell me that my playing and my melodies touch something inside them, although I've often been quite scared to branch out down that road: for fear, perhaps, of falling into a sort of ease.

The absurdity of that is that I love my trumpet and melodies more than I love anything else.

Together with my guitarist and loyal travelling companion, François Delporte, I've selected a few from all the tunes that have accompanied me on my travels for more than 20 years, and chosen the simplest way I can think of to revisit them: a guitar, a trumpet, and 40 melodies, to celebrate my 40th birthday”. Ibrahim Maalouf

After a sold-out concert featuring some very special on-stage guests during his visit last autumn, Ibrahim Maalouf will be back to close the fifteenth Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival with a performance on 28 November. 

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