Anouar Brahem

We are all tributaries of the inspiration of the moment and that goes for all musicians Its the magic of the moment that counts along with the preparation. Its all a question of collective inspiration.
 
Anouar Brahem, born in Tunis in 1957, was ten when he began studying the oud at the National Conservatory in the city, and later pursued his apprenticeship with the great master Ali Sriti. As Stéphane Ollivier has written: Brahem is the ouds conjuror, a master at bringing out the acoustic magic which this age-old traditional Oriental lute carries inside its calabash: the musical heritage of the Arab and Islamic worlds. Brahem undertook a mission to restore the [...]
We are all tributaries of the inspiration of the moment and that goes for all musicians Its the magic of the moment that counts along with the preparation. Its all a question of collective inspiration.
 
Anouar Brahem, born in Tunis in 1957, was ten when he began studying the oud at the National Conservatory in the city, and later pursued his apprenticeship with the great master Ali Sriti. As Stéphane Ollivier has written: Brahem is the ouds conjuror, a master at bringing out the acoustic magic which this age-old traditional Oriental lute carries inside its calabash: the musical heritage of the Arab and Islamic worlds. Brahem undertook a mission to restore the oud to the status of an emblematic solo instrument in Arab music, and at the same time expanded the tradition by working with musicians from other idioms.
 
In 1981 Brahem moved to Paris for four years, where he collaborated with Maurice Béjart and composed numerous original works, notably for Tunisian films and theatre. On his return to Tunisia in 1985, he spent five years composing and giving the concerts which established his reputation. Brahems relationship with ECM dates from 1989, since when he has recorded ten albums. Barzakh was the beginning of a highly fruitful association, which has seen Brahem collaborate with some of the world's most talented musicians, whatever the genre or tradition, including Barbaros Erköse, Jan Garbarek, Dave Holland, John Surman and Richard Galliano. His discography includes Conte de L'Incroyable Amour (1991), Madar (1994), Khomsa (1995), Thimar (1998), Astrakan Café (2000), Le Pas Du Chat Noir (2001), Le Voyage De Sahar (2006), The Astounding Eyes Of Rita (2009).
 
The music of Souvenance (Remembrance, 2014) was written in the wake of political upheavals of the Arab Spring, which began in Tunisia. The album, by turns graceful, hypnotic, austere and starkly dramatic, is an oblique rather than direct engagement with those tumultuous events: these events may have touched something deep within me which spoke. It wasnt conscious, nor was it a desire to write something about this subject When I write, I try to react with the emotions of the moment; its very personal.
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YEAR DATE Artist VENUE LOCATION
2024 October 29 Anouar Brahem Quartet w/ Klaus Gesing, Björn Meyer, Khaled Yassine Jazzfestival Esslingen, Germany
2024 November 17 Anouar Brahem Quartet w/ Klaus Gesing, Björn Meyer, Khaled Yassine Barbican Centre London, United Kingdom Event
2024 November 19 Anouar Brahem Quartet w/ Klaus Gesing, Björn Meyer, Khaled Yassine KKL Luzern, Switzerland Event
2024 November 23 Anouar Brahem Quartet w/ Klaus Gesing, Björn Meyer, Khaled Yassine Opéra de Dijon Dijon, France
2025 April 23 Anouar Brahem Quartet w/ Django Bates, Dave Holland, Anja Lechner Philharmonie Berlin, Germany
2025 April 24 Anouar Brahem Quartet w/ Django Bates, Dave Holland, Anja Lechner Tivoli Vredenburg Utrecht, Netherlands Event
2025 April 25 Anouar Brahem Quartet w/ Django Bates, Dave Holland, Anja Lechner ECM Explorations- Philharmonie Paris, France Event
2025 April 26 Anouar Brahem Quartet w/ Django Bates, Dave Holland, Anja Lechner ECM Explorations- Philharmonie Paris, France Event
2025 April 27 Anouar Brahem Quartet w/ Django Bates, Dave Holland, Anja Lechner off Beat Festival Basel, Switzerland
2025 April 29 Anouar Brahem Quartet w/ Django Bates, Dave Holland, Anja Lechner Auditorium Maurice-Ravel de Lyon Lyon, France
2025 April 30 Anouar Brahem Quartet w/ Django Bates, Dave Holland, Anja Lechner Bozar Bruxelles, Belgium
2025 May 01 Anouar Brahem Quartet w/ Django Bates, Dave Holland, Anja Lechner Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Germany
2025 May 02 Anouar Brahem Quartet w/ Django Bates, Dave Holland, Anja Lechner Isarphilharmonie Munich, Germany
2025 May 03 Anouar Brahem Quartet w/ Django Bates, Dave Holland, Anja Lechner de Roma Antwerp, Belgium