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Ibrahim Maalouf

Red & Black Light

Release Date: September 9, 2016

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"…a virtuoso of the quarter-tone trumpet…"  - New York Times
"Ibrahim Maalouf coaxes his horn to emit a haunting sound few others can achieve…" – Departures Magazine

New Album from trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf, Red & Black Light released on Impulse!/Verve Label Group digitally on September 9, 2016

US Tour dates kick off this fall in San Francisco and include dates in New York City, Monterey, and Columbus, OH

Ibrahim Maalouf's Red & Black Light will be released digitally on Impulse!/ Verve Label Group on September 9, 2016. This album follows Maalouf's album Kalthoum, an hour-long suite inspired by legendary Egyptian singer Oum Kalthoum's Thousand And One Nights.

Ibrahim Maalouf is known for bridging the gap between Arabic music and western jazz – a feat helped by his unusual four-valve trumpet, invented by his father, that digs into the in-between notes. The Atlantic said of his performance earlier this year at Winter Jazz Fest, "Attempts at translating world music into jazz are common, but successful translations are far rarer. Maalouf managed the trick. He took full advantage of Eastern scales, hammering them into superb modal jazz."

While Kalthoum paid homage to the Egyptian female singer Oum Kalthoum, Red & Black Light continues Maalouf's musical tribute to women. Maalouf says this album is "an ode to the woman of today and her founding, essential role in the hope of a better world. The women in my family have had (and still have today) immense influence on all my work in music. Despite having lives like labyrinths, complex and often dramatic, these women have inside them a strength and stability similar to a kind of unshakeable trance."

And so his compositions-on this album more contemporary, more electronic-- follow in that vein. Maalouf continues, "Although the writing in these pieces is particularly complex (with polyrhythms in 19, 17 or 27 for example), we arranged in such a way that you never hear the weight of this writing."

The album includes a moody, intricate arrangement of Beyoncé's 2011 hit Run The World (Girls) – reimagined in a video that tells the story of a post-apocalyptic world that succumbs to racism, but is saved by women. In Red & Black Light, Maalouf's trumpet wails over the rock-infused stomping groove. The whole album is a rich blend of Arabic melody, electro-filled instrumentation, rock-heavy grooves and complex polyrhythmic structures.

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