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Marcel Khalife and the Al Mayadeen Ensemble

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The Lebanese oud master and his orchestra inspired by Palestine’s beloved late poet, Mahmoud Darwish

A potent Arabic and Mediterranean pulse runs through the inimitable combination of traditional Middle Eastern and Western elements which characterises Lebanese composer and oud master Marcel Khalifé’s music.

Declared Artist for Peace in 2005 by UNESCO, Khalifé has always worked to give full voice to the joys and heartbreaks of a fraught region like the Middle East, never being afraid to make music even in the face of war – and his performances in bombed-out concert halls in his native Lebanon are statement to that.

Tonight he is joined by the Al Mayadeen Ensemble – which he founded in 1978 – to perform music inspired by the verses of Palestine’s beloved late poet and exiled hero, Mahmoud Darwish. Pensive vocals intertwine with hints of jazz ballads and symphonic classics, mirroring the haunting journey of Darwish’s words through sorrow, reflection, and joy despite mortality.

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