It begins! Holako (Hulagu) the opening track from Alif‘s upcoming debut Aynama-Rtama is premiering on The Quietus! Have a listen and pre-order the album on iTunes to download the track immediately. More very soon!
The bi-annual print and online journal [wherever] magazine published an interview with me recently about my constant traveling as a musician and label manager. If for some reason you’re curious about the contents of my suitcase, or the gadgets and rituals that make my journeys a little easier, you can read the piece here.
I’m thrilled to share with you that Alif is releasing its debut album – Aynama-Rtama – this summer on Nawa Recordings.
We’ve been working on this album for two years – touring and residencies across Europe and the Arab world and eventually recording between Beirut and Cairo. Find out more about Alif here and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest.
A few months ago while in Beirut, I was interviewed by Mike MacEacheran for a feature in Jazeera Airways magazine, and it turned out to be the cover story for their February/March 2015 issue! Here it is…
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…