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Legacy Marcel and Rami Khalifé

  • 825 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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Known as the “Bob Dylan” of the Arab World, Marcel Khalifé is deeply attached to the text of great contemporary Arab poets; he is an innovator in Arab music who draws upon traditional forms and blends Western elements to create a sound that has captivated audiences around the world. Together, the two perform a selection of Marcel’s revered classics and new arrangements alongside Rami’s original compositions, telling of a father and son who found solace in music in a time of exile.

“The deep evocative sounds of Marcel’s oud, sometimes mixing Western folk chords with Arabic yearning melodies, were complemented by Rami’s pianistic skills, which combined his classical training at The Juilliard School in New York with a Keith Jarrett-like approach to jazz and improvisation.” (Daily Telegraph, Australia)

Presented in partnership with the Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs