Rabih Abou-Khalil

The Lebanese composer, oud player and conductor, has recorded with the greatest names in jazz, Arabic traditional musicians, classical string quartes, Armenian musicians, Fado singers and many more! BBC Symphonic Orchestra and the Frankfurt Modern Ensemble have commissionned him for symphony writings. Enriched by this achievement, Rabih Abou-Khalil is considered as a link between East and West.

Known for the quality of his orchestras, Abou-Khalil plays mainly with a quintet strongly influenced by Mediterranean cultures, with an accordionist from Rome, a Sardinian singer (and excellent sax soprano), a French tuba player and a drummer specialized in frame drums settled in Turkey.
This group, created more than a decade ago, is unlike anything seen before on Earth.
Agenda Rabih Abou-Khalil
«Resolutely iconoclastic, amusingly humanist.»

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«Lyrical frenzies and taste for tragicomic, rhythmic passion and thirst for harmonies, to feed an eminently dreamlike eloquence.»

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«Complicity, virtuosity, humor : a must-seen for those who hasn't tested this on stage.»

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Rabih Abou-Khalil (Lebanon) old
Gavino Murgia (Sardinia) vocals & sax soprano
Luciano Biondini (Italy) accordion
Jarrod Cagwin (USA), Drums and percussion

Gert Rickmann-Wunderlich (DE) sound
all photos courtesy of Gert Rickmann-Wunderlich

Selected discography


Hungry People [World Village – 2012]


Morton’s Foot [Enja – 2004]


The Sultan’s Picnic [Enja – 1994]


Roots & Sprouts [Enja – 1990]