Marcel Khalife
مرسيل خليفة


Marcel Khalife was born in Amchit, Lebanon in 1950. He received a grounding in music from a local teacher, Hanna Karam, and went on to study oud at the National Conservatory of Music in Beirut. After graduating in 1971, he began to teach at the Conservatory, while also giving solo oud performances in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and the United States. In 1976 he formed the Al Mayadine Ensemble, which soon gained worldwide fame, and over the next four decades he would become one of the most important musical figures in the Arab world, at the same time greatly expanding the possibilities of the oud. Marcel Khalife's output to date includes more than 20 albums and DVDs, a six-part oud method, and a vast number of compositions. He has received many awards, both for his music and his humanitarian work, and in 2005 was named UNESCO Artist for Peace. He continues to perform with the Al Mayadine Ensemble, while his most recent project is a collaboration with his sons Rami and Bachar, performing a mix of oriental, electronic and classical music.

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Selected Recordings

Jadal - Oud Duo
(Nagam Records NR 1009 CD)

This double CD set is comprised of four extended movements, and Khalife is joined by his cousin Charbel Rouhana on oud, Abboud El Saadi on bass and Ali El Khatib on riq.

Disc 1
1. 1st Movement 21:16
2. 2nd Movement 15:36

Disc 2
1. 3rd Movement 22:22
2. 4th Movement 19:54

Taqasim (Connecting Cultures CC 50034)

Despite the title, this album does not feature taqasim in the traditional sense, but rather semi-improvised instrumental pieces inspired by the work of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. Kahlife is accompanied by his son Bachar on percussion and Peter Herbert on double bass.

1. Part One 19:33
2. Part Two 20:28
3. Part Three 20:47


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