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Ibrahim Maalouf, elevator for the scaffold

Ibrahim Maalouf, elevator for the scaffold

Ibrahim Maalouf is an artist outside the boxes. It took his audacity and madness to put the trumpet – the king instrument of Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Lee Morgan – back at the center of the map of contemporary music. In a few brilliant years, the musician has succeeded in (re)making this “light copper” once eclipsed into an instrumental heroine that is at once jazz, rock and popular. Maalouf is a sharp musical vocabulary accessible to the greatest number, the democratization of the very high artistic level.

And this, the trumpeter owes to his generosity, on stage and off stage, to his ability to carry with him the public of vast concert halls, in France and abroad. Going to see Ibrahim Maalouf – or listening to him in his living room – is to enter his family, to share the friendships he invites from albums to unique shows, each time a great spectacle. Loving this boy and his music means refusing the tyranny of genres, challenging limits and freeing oneself from labels. These days, the musician publishes capacity to love a resolutely unclassifiable fifteenth album, rich in influences and prestigious guests – De La Soul, Matthieu Chedid, JP Cooper, or even Sharon Stone, who puts her voice on a title and her face on her clip. Maalouf’s previous record, a powerful collaboration with Angélique Kidjo, released before the summer, is favorite to win a reward at the next Grammy Awards (in February 2023).

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Nothing seems to be able to stop him: on November 10, the musician was in the auditorium of Radio France with the Orchester national de France to record his Symphony for trumpet and orchestra. This major piece, he had started writing at only 17 years old, advancing at a good pace until the attacks of September 11, 2001 suddenly blocked his creative impetus. Was it a new crisis, this time personal, to finally finish it off? Twenty-five years after its first note on paper, in any case here is its finished symphony… In December, finally, there will be the launch of a tour celebrating this musical outpouring, a tour which will end on November 29, 2023 at the ‘Accor Arena, in Paris. Tens of thousands of tickets have already been sold. Extraordinary revenge for the one who nevertheless remains the dismayed victim of one of the most heartbreaking French road trips of the #MeToo movement.

“This innocence, it’s over”

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