Sunday, December 23, 2012

Ibrahim Maalouf set to release Songlines



 "Maalouf is pursuing something that feels exciting, intelligent, and vital..."
 - SONGLINES

Asked by the French national film library to compose music for a film of his choosing from among the silent movies in the Albatros catalogue, jazz trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf chose René Clair's 1927 film La Proie du vent (The Prey of the Wind). The project allowed Maalouf to fulfill two wishes - first to compose for a film, and second to compose a piece that could be very much inspired by Miles Davis's music for Louis Malle's Ascenseur pour l'échafaud, but using a quarter-tone trumpet. Maalouf says of the album's theme, "I wanted to reproduce that mysteriously melancholic atmosphere, dripping with suspense, contributing a discreet yet powerful Arabic hue, blended into the typical jazz quintet played for many years by Miles."