Showtime: Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 08:00 pm
Location: Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga ON L5B 4B8
Showtime: Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 08:00 pm
Location: Theatre St. Denis, 1594 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal QC H2X 3K2
Marcel Khalifé is one of the world’s leading Arabic musicians, reshaping traditional Arabic music into an alluring, universally communicative form of expression. His music has captivated audiences worldwide.
Born in 1950, Khalifé studied oud at the Beirut National Conservatory and has since inserted new life into the instrument with his creative, inventive and pioneering compositions. Through his association with great contemporary Arab poets, most notably the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, he seeks to renew the character of Arab song, breaking its stereotypes and advancing the culture of the society that surrounds it.
Now, Khalifé is endeared and recognized by millions in the Arab World as a cultural icon. Marcel Khalife’s works have been critically acclaimed both in the Arab World and worldwide. His creativity, innovations and his educational and humanitarian concerns and contributions to the promotion of arts and Culture in the Arab world has earned him tens of awards in the Arab World and Internationally.
Rami Khalifé is a musical shape-shifter, Khalifé’s body of work is as eclectic as it is bold, ranging from: improvised concerts, recording a Prokofiev concerto with Globalis Orchestra, performing world music with Marcel Khalifé and the El Mayadine Ensemble, composing contemporary works for orchestra, producing soundtracks for film and documentary, collaborating with the late poet and author Mahmoud Darwish, only to switch it all up with classic-electro group Aufgang.
Heralded as “a musician of extreme calibre and pure expression, a welcome experimental detour from the norm of today and in the relatively conformist world of classical composition, he is positively brand new”, by the Daily Star, it’s no wonder that Rami Khalifé has emerged as one of the most exciting young composers of the 21st century.
Aymeric Westrich is a drummer, percussionist & programmer. From an early age, Aymeric was passionate about rhythm, classical percussion, drums and programming machines such as synthesizers and drum machines. Concurrently with studying in the percussion class at CNR Boulogne-Billancourt with Michel Cals, he studied drums with Yvano Lattuca and was part of several musical groups oscillating from jazz to rock through hip-hop including rapper Kery James. It is a few years after obtaining several prizes, still at the C.N.R de Boulogne, including that of classical percussion in 1999, that Aymeric left France to continue his studies of drums within New York music school The Collective. In 2004, when he returned to Paris, he continued his collaboration with rapper Kery James, composing and producing three albums. Aymeric collaborated with many artists like Arthur H, Cassius, Carl Craig, and Moritz von Oswald. Passionate about electronic music, Aymeric created the Aufgang group in 2005 alongside Francesco Tristano and Rami Khalife. He brought his musical background and his knowledge of machines acquired throughout his multiple musical collaborations. Today Aymeric has dedicated himself exclusively to Aufgang and multiplies projects around this group with his partner Rami Khalifé.