Following the release of 6th album 'Homemade in Rome' early May, Kamal Musallam, Dubai based foremost Arabic Fusion musician and composer, tours the UAE and the region with his 3-piece band from Italy and Mexico with Flamenco Fusion dancer Karen Lugo on stage.
Kamal Musallam band will perform tracks of the newly release album 'Homemade in Rome' available in Virgin Megastores. Kamal Musallam band are: Marcello Allulli (Italy) on saxophone, Daniele Cappucci (Italy) on double bass, Israel Varela (Mexico) on drums.
Kamal Musallam will be on oud and on his newly Ibanez Signature model: the hybrid electric guitar KMM100.Joining on stage, Karen Lugo is an extraordinary Flamenco Fusion dancer. Her improvisation works on Kamal Musallam music are unique. She’s a fantastic performer that has an incredible presence on stage.
Kamal Musallam says: "I am looking forward to this concert. I am eager to meet the audience. I want to reach out to a crowd curious with all these musical blends."
More information about 'Homemade in Rome' album below.
May 6 - Sofitel, Abu Dhabi Corniche, UAE
Concert organised by Alliance Francaise Abu Dhabi
Costs: Dhs.110 / special AF members price Dhs.90
Tickets on sale at Alliance Francaise Abu Dhabi & timeouttickets.com
May 8 - Shoman Foundation. Amman, Jordan - 7pm
May 9 - Amman Jazz Festival, Jordan
Info on this link: http://karasi.com/amman-jazz-festival.aspx?EventID=430
May 10 - Blue Fig, Amman, Jordan
May 13 – Alliance Francaise Dubai, Oud Metha, UAE
Tickets Dhs.80 / special AF members price Dhs.70.
Tickets on sale at Alliance Francaise Dubai and platinumlist.net
New album 'Homemade in Rome'
In February 2013, Kamal traveled to Rome, Italy, to experience a new musical adventure surrounded by the Roman Spirit and the iconic city’s cultural treasures. Here he aspired to tie it all together: the centuries-long influence of the Romans on the Middle East, and of the Arabs on Spain; the voyages of the Italian, Spanish and Arab merchants, reaching Asia in the Far East and the Americas in the Far West, who explored new lands, engaging in commerce and cross-cultural exchange, joy and beauty continually reborn.
The creation of this album was no different: on a winter’s night in the eternal city of Rome, in the warmth of an Italian home, a group of close friends of Italian, Spanish and Arabian origin were sharing stories, laughter and food, and most of all, making music - and so the album was born.
This project is showcasing how the sound of Oud and old Arabic rhythms can talk beautifully to Flamenco rhythms and dance especially the Bularias and Rumbas. It translates those connections within a modern concept performed by some of the best Arabic, Flamenco and Jazz musicians that Kamal is bringing together on stage with him. The performance also features a beautiful Flamenco dance appearance by a special guest, the talented Karen Lugo. Karen is known for her ability to mix the real Flamenco traditions with modern movements and an astonishing reflection to all the music played by the band.
Kamal Musallam - bio
Kamal Musallam, the founder of Arabic Fusion bands Kamal Musallam Trio and EastMania, has been expressing himself through music since the age of 3. Born in Kuwait in 1970, and encouraged by his parents for both art and music, he started out playing the piano and the accordion and then picked up the guitar when he was 9. He finished his studies in architecture in 1994 to persue a masters in management, and after 3 years of working as architect and project manager, he decided to quit all and follow his heart as a musician.
Musallam developed his skills playing the guitar and the oud and began to fuse together the influences that inspired him, mainly Jazz, Rock, Arabic music and Asian music.
The release of his first album in 2003, called On a Jordan River's Side, under his own label K&G, was highly acclaimed and appreciated on an international scale. Since then he released 5 more albums: 2008 - Out Of My City, 2009 - Lulu (Grammy selection), 2011 - Songs For Seung-eun (Grammy selection), 2012 - The Best Of Kamal Musallam 1999-2011, and 2013 - Homemade in Rome.
Kamal has recorded and played along with a long list of world class musicians such as George Benson, Bobby Mc Ferrin, Billy Cobham, Randy Brecker, Mike Stern, Kai Eckhardt, Ada Rovatti, Stanely Jordan, Anne Ducros, David Reinhardt, Jorge Pardo (Paco De Lucia Septet) and Francisco Molina, among others.
In 2001 Kamal registered his record label K&G, and Since 2006, he had established his music production & promotion company in the UAE, KMAC.
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