Photo by Faren Taghizadeh
Last weekend I accompanied Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat in a concert at Arts Depot in North London. The Evening Standard’s Simon Broughton gave the show a 4* star review which you can read in full here.
Tomorrow night at Korzo theater in the Hague, Netherlands, I will be giving a seminar followed by a performance of Resonance/Dissonance in its entirety with Tony Overwater (double bass), Maarten Ornstein (clarinet) and Ruven Ruppik (percussion). This is the first time the album will be performed by an ensemble. It’s sounding great!
Ali Charrier interviewed me in Paris for Kalimat magazine. Here is an excerpt with a link to the full interview:
“Khyam Allami is one of the busiest actors in the Arabic music scene today. If he is not busy rehearsing with his band Alif or organising tours, he is performing solo with the Oud or as a drummer with Tamer Abu Ghazaleh. After years of experience in the music industry, Khyam Alami decided to launch his own record label Nawa Recordings. I had the chance to chat with him in Paris before the show featuring Maurice Louca at La Gaité Lyrique, who is releasing his second album Benhayyi Al-Baghbaghan (Salute the Parrot) with Nawa Recordings, today [17 November 2014].” Read more
REORIENT’s Joobin Bekhrad interviewed me a few weeks ago. Here it is:
“Born in Damascus, Khyam-Allami is an Iraqi multi-instrumentalist based in London. Despite his initial gravitations towards Western rock and punk music in his early years, Allami later developed a profound interest in the music and culture of not only his native Iraq, but also that of what he calls the ‘wider Middle East’. Since taking up the oud in 2004, he has gone to teach at SOAS (the School of Oriental and African Studies), perform with renowned musicians around the world, record a highly-acclaimed solo album, and, more recently, fulfill his longtime ambition of establishing an independent record label. To find out more about what the musical prodigy has been up to lately, I chatted with Allami amidst the sounds of horns and sirens blaring from outside his window in Beirut”. Read more…
Yes, I’ve gone and done it. I’ve gone and started a record label. After self-releasing Resonance/Dissonance on Nawa Recordings in 2011, I’ve decided to launch the label proper to create a musical home for my works and the works of artists I greatly admire and respect.
The first of these releases will be a new album by the phenomenal Maurice Louca coming this November! Maurice Louca is one of the members of Alif, and this upcoming album – his second – has been in the works for the last couple of years.
We have been hard at work mixing the album over the summer and it’s finally ready for your listening pleasure. More information about the album will be revealed very soon!The exciting thing about launching Nawa is not just that it’s a record label. We’ll also be providing music publishing, and launching our own Nawa Store to make our releases as accessible as possible.
This month, Alif Ensemble will debut in France as part of Beyrouth Les Lucioles at DansFabrik Festival de Brest, curated by Yalda Younes. Maurice Louca (one of the Alif Ensemble members) will also be performing a solo show.
For more information, please click here. Full programme of Beyrouth Les Lucioles:
MES MAINS SONT PLUS AGEES QUE MOI
de Danya Hammoud – 18 mars
TAJWAL d’Alexandre Paulikevitch – 22 mars
MAHALLI de Danya Hammoud – 19 mars
THESE SHOES ARE MODE FOR WALKING
de Nancy Naous – 21 mars
ALIF ENSEMBLE – 20 mars
ENTRE TEMPS 2 de Khouloud Yassine – 20 mars
LE SILENCE DE L’ABANDON de Khouloud Yassine – 22 mars
MAURICE LOUCA – 21 mars
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Dear friends, I’m very happy to announce my first venture into film. I recently composed and recorded a solo Oud soundtrack to Bassem Breish‘s upcoming short film “Free Range” whilst I was in Beirut last December.
A cow crosses the border from Israel to Lebanon and meets with 10 year-old Malakeh and her family. Based on a true story “Free Range” is a grotesque comedy about power struggles between humans, religions, borders, peace keepers and cows.
Much gratitude to both Fadi Tabbal (Tunefork Studios) for his guidance and production skills, and to Bassem for asking me to work with him.
The film is currently undergoing final post-production sound mixing and will premier soon. More info as soon as its announced.
Click here to see some photos from the shoot by Jean Boutros.
I will be on tour in Belgium in January 2014 presenting “Resonance/Dissonance” with Vasilis Sarikis on Percussion. The tour dates are as follows, please click the links for more information:
29th Jan 2014
CC Belgica Dendermonde, Dendermonde, BE
30th Jan 2014
Theaterzaal c.c. CasinoKoksijde, Koksijde, BE
31st Jan 2014
De Centrale, Gent, BE
Scandinavian tour as part of Beirut & Beyond International Music Festival in partnership with Oslo World Music Festival. 6 artists in 1 evening: Khyam Allami (Oud Solo), Tamer Abu Ghazaleh, Maryam Saleh, Maurice Louca, El Rass, El Far3i.
30th Oct 2013 – Oslo World Music Festival, BLÅ, Oslo, NO
31st Oct 2013 – Södra Teatern, Stockholm, SE
1st Nov 2013 – Moriska Paviljongen, Malmö, SE
2nd Nov 2013 – Global, Copenhagen, DK