Marcel Khalifé was born on June 10, 1950 in Amchit, Lebanon. He studied the Oud (the Arabic lute) at the Beirut National Conservatory of Music and graduated in 1971, and, ever since, has been injecting a new life into the Oud.
From 1972 to 1975, Marcel Khalifé taught at the Beirut National Conservatory of Music, public Universities and other local private music institutions. During that same period, he toured the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and the United States giving solo performances on the Oud.
Oud playing was traditionally constrained by the strict techniques that governed its playing. Highly talented and skillful musicians such as Marcel Khalifé were, however, able to free the instrument from those constraints and thus greatly expanding its possibilities.
In 1972, Marcel Khalifé created a musical group in his native village, Amchit, with the goal of reviving its musical heritage and the Arabic chorale. The first performances took place in Lebanon. 1976 saw the birth of Marcel Khalifé’s Al Mayadine Ensemble. Enriched by the previous ensemble’s musical experiences, Al Mayadine’s notoriety went well beyond Lebanon. Accompanied by his musical ensemble, Marcel Khalifé began a lifelong far-reaching musical journey, performing in Arab countries, Europe, the United States, Canada, South America, Australia, and Japan.
Marcel Khalifé’s compositions have been performed by several orchestras, notably the Kiev Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of Boulogne Billancourt Orchestra, The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of the city of Tunis, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Italian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra and the “Absolute Ensemble”.
Since 1982, Marcel Khalifé has been writing books on music that reflect his avant garde compositions and the maturity of his experience. He published Al Samaa, a collection of compositions for various traditional Arab musical instruments (1981), a six part methodology for the study of the Oud (1982), and Arabic Music-Theory and Practice (French Edition, 1984), Jadal oud Duo (1996), OUD (1997), Andalusian Suite for oud and Orchestra (2002).
His challenges, however, are not only musical in character. Interpreter of music and Oud performer, he is also a composer who is deeply attached to the text on which he relies. In his association with great contemporary Arab poets, particularly Palestinian poet par excellence, Mahmoud Darwish, he seeks to renew the character of the Arabic song, to break its stereotypes, and to advance the culture of the society that surrounds it.
Marcel Khalifé’s lyrical and instrumental recordings add up to more than 20 albums and DVDs, Promises of the storm (1976), Rain Songs (1977), Where from, do I Enter the Homeland? (1978), Weddings (1979), At the Borders (1979), Stripped Bare (1980), Happiness (1981), The Bridge (1983), Collections – 3 Albums (1984), Dreamy Sunrise (1984), Ahmad Al Arabi (1984), Peace Be With you (1989), Ode To A Homeland (1990), Arabic Coffeepot (1995), Jadal Oud Duo (1996), Magic Carpet (1998), Concerto Al Andalus (2002), Caress (2004), Voyageur DVD (2004), Taqasim (2007), Sharq CD & DVD (2007).
On his journey, Marcel Khalifé invents and creates original music, a novel world of sounds, freed of all pre-established rules. This language elevates him to the level of an ambassador of his own culture and to the vanguard of Arabic music in search of innovators.
Marcel Khalifé: composer, oud, vocals
Mahmoud Darwish: poetry
Oumaima Khalil: vocals
Yolla Khalife: vocals
Rami Khalife: piano
Bachar Khalife: percussion
Peter Herbert: double bass
Mark Helias: double bass
Ismail Lumanovski: clarinet
Anthony Millet: accordian
Fabio Presgrave: cello
Mahmoud Tourkmani: guitar
- The Pigeons Fly (09:43) يطير الحمام
- And We Love Life (07:50) ونحن نحب الحياة
- The Stranger’s Bed (Instrumental) (04:52) سرير الغريبة
- Oh, My Proud Wound (03:43) آه ياجرحي المكابر
- Mohammad (09:05) محمّد
- Houriyeh’s Instructions (13:11) تعاليم حوريّة
- Jahar Kah (Instrumental) (02:13) جهاركاه
- Now, In Exile (12:16) الآن في المنفى
- Two Guitars (Instrumental) (05:40) غيثارتان
- Fall Of The Moon (Instrumental) (07:26) سقوط القمر
- A Song On My Mind (05:02) في البال أغنية
- Remember (01:58) تذّكر
- Her Eyes (07:39) عيناها
- The Poem Of The Land (03:58) قصيدة الأرض
- Waltz For Rita’s Winter (Instrumental) (08:42) فالس لشتاء ريتا
- Palestinian Mawwal (04:32) موال فلسطيني
- The Most Beautiful Love (06:49) أجمل حب
- In Damascus (04:28) في دمشق
Duration : 118:58 | Bitarte : 128 kBit/s | Year : 2012 | Size : 114 mb