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Marcel Khalife – 2012 -  Fall Of The Moon مارسيل خليفة – سقوط القمر

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.Portrait

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

TrackList :

  1. The Pigeons Fly (09:43) يطير الحمام
  2. And We Love Life (07:50) ونحن نحب الحياة
  3. The Stranger’s Bed (Instrumental) (04:52) سرير الغريبة
  4. Oh, My Proud Wound (03:43) آه ياجرحي المكابر
  5. Mohammad (09:05) محمّد
  6. Houriyeh’s Instructions (13:11) تعاليم حوريّة
  7. Jahar Kah (Instrumental) (02:13) جهاركاه
  8. Now, In Exile (12:16) الآن في المنفى
  9. Two Guitars (Instrumental) (05:40) غيثارتان
  10. Fall Of The Moon (Instrumental) (07:26) سقوط القمر
  11. A Song On My Mind (05:02) في البال أغنية
  12. Remember (01:58) تذّكر
  13. Her Eyes (07:39) عيناها
  14. The Poem Of The Land (03:58) قصيدة الأرض
  15. Waltz For Rita’s Winter (Instrumental) (08:42) فالس لشتاء ريتا
  16. Palestinian Mawwal (04:32) موال فلسطيني
  17. The Most Beautiful Love (06:49) أجمل حب
  18. In Damascus (04:28) في دمشق

Duration : 118:58 | Bitarte : 128 kBit/s  | Year : 2012 | Size : 114 mb

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Rami Khalifé - 2005 - Scene From Hellek

Pianist Rami Khalifé was born in Beirut, Lebanon, on September 25, 1981. After a short introduction to the keyboard, he left Lebanon at age seven, eventually resuming his musical training in Paris, France, at the Conservatoire National de Région de Boulogne-Billancourt under the direction of Alfred Herzog. There he studied with Louis-Claude Thirion and Marie-Paule Siuguet, while taking concurrent private studies with Abdel Rahman El Bacha.
Khalifé received several awards during those years in Paris, most notable among them at the Radio France, UFAM, and Claude Kahn piano competitions. Subsequently, he was able to perform a concert at the Gaveau Music Hall in 1994. On a tour of the Middle East with the Boulogne-Billancourt Orchestra, he performed Sergey Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 4 and Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G. From 2000 to 2003, Khalifé pursued his higher education at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. Working with Francesco Schlime, he gave several improvisational concerts for two pianos, one of which was the first of its kind in the history of Juilliard. He studied piano under the Hungarian pianist Gyorgy Sander, a disciple of Béla Bartók. He graduated from Juilliard in May 2003. Since 2000, he toured with his father, Lebanese composer and oud player Marcel Khalifé, in performances around the world. With the clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, they have concertized in the Middle East and the United States, performing classical and improvised repertoire, and toured in South America collaborating with Brazilian cellist Fabio Presgrave.
In 2005 Khalifé reunited with Schlime and founded the group Aufgang, utilizing two pianos and computer, performing original compositions of new, modern, and experimental music. He has released two albums — Live in Beirut, which contains solo piano interpretations of classical music, and Scene from Hellek, an original solo piano recital of new music. Khalifé has also worked with the Russian Globalis Symphony Orchestra based in Moscow, and scored a movie by Lebanese filmmaker Wael Noureddine

Rami Khalifé

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Pianist Rami Khalifé is the son of master oud player Marcel Khalifé, but plays nothing like his father. Far removed from world, Arabic or Middle Eastern musics, the acoustic keyboardist is more akin to modern spontaneous pianists like Cecil Taylor, Misha Mengelberg, Fred VanHove, Charlemagne Palestine, or Denman Maroney. While not quite the hyper-pianist that they are, his brilliance is clearly evident, using a technique that in many instances is restrained. Known in concert for his exhaustingly long instrumental improvised dialogues and diatribes, here Khalife is often thoughtful and reverent, though far from delicate and genteel.

These 12 acoustic solo piano originals run thematically as a whole quite well, and as such deserve an attentive sitting from the astute listener. His most spatial and reasoned playing is heard during “Liva,” he is very introspective and sonorous on “Ya Hadya Al Eiss,” and waxes mysterious as a Lebanese night sky on the two-note theme “Five Minutes in Beirut.” On these, Khalife is fond of going inside the piano strings, strumming arpeggios as accents. He uses a playful, then serious stalking theme for “Pts. 1 & 2” of the “Trilogie: Novahut“; he assimilates a dramatic percussive tympani during its third part, “Reinhard in Paris,” and is a jumping bean on the 88’s, in no-time for “Danse Soufi,” and in kinetic hyper-piano mode on “Dimensions.” This wide range of styles, emotions, and dynamics is best heard on the title track finale, which starts brooding, morphs stoic, and is eventually victorious and triumphant. A recording of great depth and vision, not to mention difficult to specifically pigeonhole, Khalife is holding a fresh, new, modern, somewhat post-minimalist approach close to the vest. Likely he will bust out with a follow-up blockbuster of a project in the not too distant future.


  1. Liva (03:12)
  2. 5 Minutes In Beirut (05:55)
  3. Trilogie: Novahut, Part One (05:31)
  4. Trilogie: Novahut, Part Two (03:29)
  5. Trilogie: Reinhard in Paris (04:13)
  6. … (02:43)
  7. Danse Soufi (03:15)
  8. Africa, Part one (01:39)
  9. Africa, Part Two (05:31)
  10. Dimensions (02:19)
  11. Ya Hadya Al Eiss (03:37)
  12. Scene From Hellek (07:46)

Duration : 49:09 | Bitarte : 320 kBit/s | Year : 2005 | Size : 120 mb

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Marcel Khalife - 1983 - The Bridge مارسيل خليفة - الجسر

مارسيل خليفة (ولد عام 1950م في بلدة عمشيت في جبل لبنان) مؤلف موسيقي ومغني وعازف عود لبناني. يعتبر مارسيل أحد أهم الفنانين العرب الملتزمين بقضية فلسطين ،عرف مارسيل دوما بأغانيه التي تأخذ الطابع الوطني، وبأسلوب دمجه بين الموسيقى العربية والآلات الغربية كالبيانو. اعتقل على يد الاحتلال وتعرض للتعذيب.

انتمائه للحزب الشيوعي في بداياته (رغم أنه لم يلتزم كثيرا به بشكل دائم) وإيمانه بالقضية الفلسطينية رافقه في أغانيه وموسيقاه رغم أن طابع الموسيقى قد اختلف بشكل واضح حسب مراحل حياته من الحرب الأهلية اللبنانية والنضال الفلسطيني إلى مرحلة السلم اللبناني ومرحلة ما بعد الطائف، واتفاق أوسلو على الجانب الفلسطيني.

خلال أواخر السبعينات والثمانينات لحن مارسيل أولاً قصائد الشاعر الفلسطيني محمود درويش مطلقاً ظاهرة غناء القصيدة الوطنية الفلسطينية التي تمتزج فيها صورة المرأة الحبيبة بالأرض والوطن أو الأم والوطن معاً. كانت البدايات مع : “ريتا والبندقية” و”وعود من العاصفة” واستمرت لسنين محققة مزجاً رائعاً بين العود وشعر درويش الرمزي الوطني العاشق فكانت “أمي” وكانت “جواز السفر” أفضل شعارات تحملها وترددها الجماهير العربية المنادية بالنضال في فترة ما بعد النكسة. شكل مارسيل ودرويش أقرب ما يشبه الثنائي في أذهان الناس، رغم أنهما لم يلتقيا إلا في فترة متأخرة. لحن مارسيل أيضا لشعراء آخرين مثل حبيب صادق وطلال حيدر (“تصبحون على وطن”). استطاع مارسيل أيضاً إدخال الساكسفون إلى الموسيقى العربية في واحدة من أهم أغانيه ” يعبرون الجسر ” وعبر عن ميوله الشيوعية بقوة في ” قصيدة الخبز والورد “.

في المرحلة الثانية (من التسعينات إلى الآن) بدأ مارسيل يميل أكثر للتلحين الموسيقي البحت دون الغناء فكانت بداية مشاريعه الموسيقية التي بدأها بمعزوفة “جدل” التي تعتبر نقاشا بين العود القديم (مارسيل خليفة) والعود الجديد (شربل روحانا) فكان محاولة أكثر من ثورية بالنسبة لتقديم العود، قام مارسيل أيضا بتأليف موسيقى تصويرية في العديد من مسرحيات عبد الحليم كركلا الأخيرة : مثل حلم ليلة صيف والأندلس… الحلم المفقود وأليسا.. ملكة قرطاج.

marcel khalife مارسيل خليفة

Marcel Khalife (Arabic: مرسيل خليفة‎; b. 1950, Amchit, Mount Lebanon) is a Lebanese composer, singer and oud player. From 1970 to 1975, he taught at the conservatory in Beirut. In 1976, he created Al Mayadeen Ensemble and became famous all over the world for songs like Ummi (My Mother), Rita w’al-Bundaqiya (Rita and the Rifle) and Jawaz al-Safar (Passport), based on Mahmoud Darwish’s poetry.

In 1999 he was granted the Palestine Award for Music. In turn, he contributed the financial portion of the award to the National Conservatory of Music at Birzeit University in Palestine. In 2005, Khalife was named UNESCO Artist for Peace. He lives in Paris, France.

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مارسيل خليفة: لا مكان سوى الوحدة والموسيقى  – جريدة الأخبار

Track List :

  1. The Bridge (نشيد الجسر (09:18
  2. The Returnee (العائد (04:13
  3. Departure Of The Venders (رحيل الخضرجي (03:36
  4. The Violins (الكمنجات (04:46
  5. Madonna (مادونا (05:04
  6. The Kafiyyas (لبسو الكفافي (06:06
  7. Beirut, Our Star (بيروت نجمتنا (09:03
  8. Invade (إجتاح (05:52
  9. The Qanoun Player (عازف القانون (03:12

Duration : 51:10 | Bitarte : 320 kBit/s | Year : 1983 | Size : 106 mb

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