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Formed in 2011, Adonis is a powerful 4-piece indie-pop/rock band who have been leaving an undeniable stamp on Lebanon’s independent music scene. The name of the band was inspired by the lead’s home town, the village of Adonis, which also inspired the band’s debut single, “Stouh Adonis,” (The Rooftops of Adonis). The album was released in 2012 referencing gatherings on rooftops in the village and is heavily dosed with nostalgia.
For their first European tour, they will be performing songs from their earlier albums, revisiting the cheeky and compelling themes and sounds of Arabic 80s and 90s pop music, as well as more recent tunes from their two latest two albums, “Nour” and “12 Hours”, produced by Jean-Marie Riachi and Sleiman Damien, who introduce electro-dance influences into the band’s sound, and address the broader socio-political issues that shape the Middle-East today.
The band has so far released 4 albums exploring the diverse facets and daily stories of Arab urban life.
This concert has been made possible by the support of Al Araby TV.
Rich Mix is wheelchair accessible
14+. Under 16s to be accompanied by an adult.
Doors open 19:30 on Monday 28th October 2019 at Rich Mix
Revered oud player Marcel Khalifé reinvents his much-loved music with his son Rami and French jazz drummer Aymeric Westrich.
This is Khalifé as you’ve never seen him – stripped back from the large ensemble he usually performs with. Played on just oud, piano and drums, we hear his songs in a new way, as the heart of their melody and meaning are revealed anew. Inspired by contemporary poetry, Khalifé’s songs promote traditional Arabic music, bringing it into new contexts and continually finding a fresh relevance.
An exciting young composer, having followed his father into music, Rami Khalifé has performed internationally and been commissioned by a variety of ensembles. Sharing an experimental outlook, he has collaborated with Aymeric Westrich on his brother, Bachar Mar-Khalifé’s album Oil Slick, mixing traditional Arabic sounds with jazz and electronics.
When & Where:
Doors open at 19:00 on Sunday 29th September 2019 at the Barbican
MARSM and Barbican