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Born in Beirut in 1980, Ibrahim Maalouf is today the most popular instrumentalist on the French music scene. His work in blending genres has been recognized throughout the world for more than 15 years.
His career has taken him to more than 40 countries around the world and to some of the most prestigious venues. He has performed in Istanbul in front of a sold-out Volkswagen Arena and at the Lincoln Jazz Center in New York, the world’s leading jazz venue. In 2016, he made history by becoming the first jazzman to fill the largest concert hall in France. He performed on 14 December 2016 at the Accor Arena in Paris Bercy for a historic show that sold out more than 8 months in advance.
In the same year, he was described as a “virtuoso” by the prestigious New York Times. In collaboration with The New Levant Initiative, he will present a special creation entitled “Levantine Symphony No.1”, which will also be recorded on an album.
Ibrahim Maalouf is well known in France and internationally, as evidenced by the awards he has received. Twice awarded a Victoire du Jazz and twice a Victoire de la Musique, he is the only instrumentalist to receive this prestigious distinction in over 35 years of existence. His love for cinema has led him to compose numerous film scores. In 2017, he received the César for Best Film Music, the Prix Lumière for the film “In the Forests of Siberia” and an Echo Jazz in Germany. For his career, the French government awarded Ibrahim Maalouf the honorary prize of Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite and made him Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. Unesco also awarded Ibrahim the title of ‘Young Artist Working for Intercultural Dialogue between the Arab and Western Worlds’.
During a concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2017, he was spotted by legendary producer Quincy Jones. Following this meeting, Ibrahim became one of the artists that the American producer regularly promotes via the Los Angeles-based Quincy Jones Productions.
Ibrahim then follows up with his 11th studio album ‘S3NS’ in September 2019. He will perform at the Olympia in Paris on 23, 24 and 25 September to a full house. These three dates mark the beginning of a series of concerts in Zeniths throughout France as well as a world tour.
In November 2020, on the occasion of his 40th birthday, he released ” 40 MELODIES “This unique album features many exceptional guests such as Sting, Kronos Quartet, Marcus Miller, Jon Batiste, Alfredo Rodriguez, Richard Bona, Matthieu Chedid, Trilok Gurtu, Hüsnü Senlendirici, Arturo Sandoval, and many others.
In 2021, Ibrahim composed the music for the documentary film “9 days in Raqqa” directed by Xavier de Lauzanne, which was selected at Cannes. He also composed the music for the Polish feature film “Leave no traces” by Jan P. Matuzsynski. He collaborated once again with Mohamed Hamidi on his new film “Citoyen d’Honneur”, due for release in 2022. Since then, Ibrahim has composed some fifteen soundtracks for the cinema.
Ibrahim also composed all the music for the show “Monsieur X” created by Mathilda May and performed on stage by the famous actor and comedian Pierre Richard. The play was a great success and was awarded a Molière for best one-man show in 2020.
On the occasion of the National Day of 14 July 2021, Ibrahim will close the great Paris concert dedicated to classical music by performing his own version of the Marseillaise alongside François Delporte and Frank Woeste, on the Champs-de-Mars and in front of more than 5 million viewers, accompanied by the Orchestre National de France and the Australian conductor Simone Young.
Between 2007 and 2021, Ibrahim produced, composed, arranged and produced more than 19 albums for himself and other artists. He also composed more than 10 symphonic works, and produced on his own label Mister Ibé ” Dancing Again “The first album of Thaïs Lona, an emerging Pop-RnB singer.
Adolescent, Ibrahim arrivait en tête des plus grands concours internationaux, ce qui l’encouragea à débuter une carrière de soliste classique. Dès les années 2000, repéré pour les couleurs et la singularité de ses improvisations, il enchaîne les collaborations dans tous les champs de la musique, à savoir la pop, le jazz ainsi que dans les musiques dites « du Monde ». Des artistes d’exception tels que Sting, Salif Keita, Amadou & Mariam, Tryo, Matthieu Chedid ou Angélique Kidjo font appel à lui pour bonifier leurs œuvres. Récemment, la chanteuse française de pop-folk Joyce Jonathan a fait appel à Ibrahim pour produire, composer et co-écrire son dernier EP « TOI ET MOI »
At the same time, Ibrahim has been teaching trumpet and improvisation at conservatories since 1999. He has been invited several times by ITG (International Trumpet Guild) in the United States for concerts and masterclasses. In 2011, he created the first classical music improvisation class at the Conservatoire Régional de Paris and at the Pôle Supérieur Paris Boulogne, and for several years has been developing a specific pedagogy for the teaching of classical music improvisation within the conservatories themselves. In March 2022, Ibrahim presented the Free Spirit Ensemble, which is the world’s first classical orchestra specialising in classical music improvisation. Since 2019, Ibrahim has also been the patron of the association Orchestre à l’École, which is made up of several thousand orchestras across France. The young musicians of the association are regularly invited to play with him during his shows.
In November 2021, Ibrahim Maalouf released his 15th studio album entitled ” FIRST NOEL “This is a new project in which he brings 25 of the greatest Christmas classics up to date, plus 3 new compositions. Ibrahim will mark the year 2022 by playing for the second time at the Accor Arena in Paris Bercy with many prestigious guests.
Mississippi hip-hop artist Dear Silas is a creative rapper and trumpet player, known for his literate songs and inventive production. Having initially grabbed fans with his 2016 debut, The Day I Died, Silas broke through to a wider audience in 2018 after his track “Skrr Skrr” went viral as part of a Dexter’s Laboratory-inspired meme.
Born Silas Stapleton III, Dear Silas grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, where he started playing trumpet at age twelve in the school band. By the time he left high school, he was also heavily into hip-hop, and spent several years studying music performance at the University of Louisiana in Monroe. Just shy of earning his degree, he left school to pursue his music career. Following an initial mixtape, he issued his 2016 debut independent album, The Day I Died, which featured production by Claw Beats, Antwone Perkins, Ken Cruze, and others.
Despite his rising career, Silas still needed to pay his bills and eventually found himself working days at a Jackson-based computer store. It was while working at the store that he came up with the vocal hook for “Skrr Skrr.” Realizing that his co-workers found the hook catchy, he immediately went home and finished off the previously all-instrumental track. He released the song online, and it quickly went viral, racking up thousands of plays. At the same time, someone else applied the song to a scene from Cartoon Network’s’ Dexter’s Laboratory, crafting a video meme in which Dexter coos the vocal chorus of “Skrr Skrr” to a classmate. The meme also proved a viral hit, and helped raise the rapper’s profile. Labels took notice, and Silas eventually signed a partnership agreement with RCA. In 2018, he released his sophomore album, The Last Cherry Blossom, which included “Skrr Skrr” and featured guest spots from Vitamin Cea, Aha Gazelle , and Compozitionz.