Jazz at Lincoln Center
Hailed by The New York Times as a "virtuoso of the quarter-tone trumpet," Ibrahim Maalouf combines jazz improvisation and European classical influences with the sounds of his native Lebanon and home in France, a far-reaching blend of cultures. Tonight's concert features a stellar ensemble of Frank Woeste, Scott Colley, Rick Margitza, and Clarence Penn. They will pay homage to one of the greatest Arabic divas of all time – Egyptian icon Oum Kalthoum – with a sprawling, one-of-a-kind interpretation of her most beloved hit: "Alf Leila wa Leila." Maalouf explains, "This piece is one of the all-time classics that is celebrated across the Arab world, and yet it remains virtually unknown in the rest of the world, so this is an opportunity for me to present this symphonic masterpiece." Maalouf is an inspirational cross-cultural visionary, and Kalthoum – to be performed in its entirety – is a gripping synthesis of powerful musical traditions.