Marcel Khalife and Al-Mayadine Ensemble in concert!
May 5, 2012
Lebanese Master Marcel Khalifé will perform the prophetic poems of the Arab World’s most renowned and beloved poet Mahmoud Darwish, and pays tribute to the Arab Spring.
The poetry of Mahmoud Darwish (www.mahmouddarwish.com), the melodies of Marcel Khalife (www.marcelkhalife.com), resonating across the Arab world from the Middle East to North Africa, resounding above the din of conflict and poverty, singing instead of the shade of grapevines, the bright eyes of loved ones, the heartache of divisions and decline that could be healed, love that could be returned.
Marcel Khalifé, Lebanese composer, singer and master of the oud (Arabic lute), evokes this world, honoring the spirit of his late friend and associate Mahmoud Darwish, who passed away in Houston, TX on August 8, 2008. Darwish is a strikingly original Palestinian poet born in Palestine whose poetry has been translated to more than 25 languages worldwide and extensively published in the US. Khalifé’s new concert program, Fall of the Moon: An Homage to the Poet Mahmoud Darwish, revisits and re-imagines the ties that bound these two powerful iconic advocates of Arab culture, one that weaves the rich complexities of its great history, the diversity of its cultures with the humanity and longing of today and deeply expressed by the dawn of the current monumental events of the Arab spring sweeping the Arab world.
Marcel Khalife will be accompanied by his 12 member Al Mayadine ensemble.
1- Marcel Khalife- composer, oud, vocals
2- Oumaima Khalil- vocals
3- Yolla Khalife- vocals
4- Rami Khalife- piano
5- Anthony Millet- accordion
6- Mark Helias- double bass
7- Kinan Idnawi- oud
8- Feras Sharestan: qanoun
9- Omar Guey: violin
10- Ismail Lumanovski- clarinet
11- Aleksandar Petrov- percussion
12- Bachar Khalife
Boston Palestine Film Festival
The Center for Arabic Culture
Palestine Children Relief Fund
Berklee School of Music
Lenox Hotel (www.lenoxhotel.com)