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Ibrahim Maalouf: Bio

Ibrahim Maalouf is already a genuine star in France and his reputation is spreading worldwide. A trumpeter and also a composer/arranger/producer, Ibrahim enjoys extraordinary popularity for an instrumentalist.

After a prestigious classical career with several international awards (France, Hungary, Finland, USA), the First Prize of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and after having collaborated with many symphony and chamber orchestras as well as various ensembles throughout the world, Ibrahim became a well-known figure on the music scene thanks to his collaboration with singers such as Sting, Amadou et Mariam, Lhasa de Sela, Salif Keita, Vanessa Paradis and many others who wanted to use his sound and his unique playing style to color their music. Ibrahim was rapidly recognized by the Jazz world and his five albums were unanimously acclaimed by the national and international press.

His laurels to date include "Victoire du Jazz" Awards in the categories "Instrumental Discovery" (2010) and "Artist of the Year" (2013) and the "Grand Prix" from Rights' Society SACEM. In 2013, Ibrahim Maalouf  was the French instrumentalist with the highest sales in France over the last three years. Ibrahim was honored by the French State as "Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" in 2014, and that same year he was awarded the "Victoire" in the World Music category for his album Illusions, a first in the history of France's "Victoires de la Musique" awards.

Ibrahim also composes music for film. In 2013, he composed the soundtracks of "Smart Ass" (Kim Chapiron); in 2015, "Yves Saint Laurent" (Jalil Lespert) distributed by The Weinstein Group in the USA and for that he received a Nomination at the French film-industry's "César" Awards, Best Original Music; "Red Rose" (Sepideh Farsi).

Ibrahim also composes music for symphonic orchestras and different ensembles and teaches improvisation to all instruments in a Conservatoire Supérieur in Paris.

Ibrahim performed recently to a sold-out 3-night residency at Jazz At Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. The New York Times raved: "an impressive feat of cultural translation and an absorbing display of devotion."

1 Free Spirit  
2 Essentielles  
3 Goodnight Kiss  
4 Elephant's Tooth  
5 Red & Black Light  
6 Escape  
7 Improbable  
8 Run The World  
Red&Black Light Ibrahim Maalouf concert 2016
Ibrahim Maalouf - Red & Black Light (Live au Zenith Nantes Metropole, 2016)
Ibrahim Maalouf - Kalthoum, Red & Black Light - Musique Acoustic - TV5MONDE (26.12.2015)
Interview with Ibrahim Maalouf
Wynton Marsalis & Ibrahim Maalouf @Jazz_in_Marciac 2018
IMPRO GEANTE 2019 Musicora ? La Seine Musicale

Ibrahim Maalouf's Red & Black Light, released digitally on Impulse!/ Verve Label Group 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."

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Markets include: New York, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Detroit, Albuquerque, Berkeley CA, Orlando, Knoxville TN, Madison WI, Montreal
Online: Global Roots and Culture, World On A Note, Soulandjazz.com, Green Arrow Radio, soma fm, Jazz Weekly, worldbeat Canada

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