- function: music composer, oud player, producer
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- WOMEX 2009
Palestinian oud player and composer, Adel Salameh was born in Nablus, Palestine, in 1966. he studied the oud with the Iraqi master M'utaz Bayati. He started performing as a soloist while still living in the Arab World, but immigrated to Europe in 1990. He quickly established a reputation as one of the finest performers of the oud. He has performed in more than Fifty countries including Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Malaysia,Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa, and numerous countries in North Africa, North Amercia and Europe.
When performing as a soloist or with musicians from a variety of musical backgrounds, Adel believes that music is an excellent tool to build bridges between various cultures. In an effort to tackle these cultural barriers, he has worked with Turkish (Barbaros Erkose), Spanish (Eduaurdo Niebla), Indian (K Sridhar),Pipa player Wu Man, Dutch Neuw Ensemble,French, English, Italian and jazz musicians, Irish Ross Daly, and many others.
Adel has worked with Womad/Real World since 1992,and performed at the most prestigious concert halls in Europe. These include Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Centre in London, Concertgebouw, Royal Tropical Institute, Paradiso in Amsterdam, Theatre d' Single (Antwerpen) Belguim, Institute of the Arab World in Paris, The Opera House and the Auditorium in Lyon. He has also performed at many festivals throughout the World. He has been described as the ambassador of Arab music in the West. Adel has compsoed music for films and theater like the thousand and one night which took place in Lyon in 2007 .....in this year Adel has given more than 150 concert world wide including a tour in his home land Palestine.
Adel has recorded 9 cds with different record companies including Real World and Enja records in Germany.
Pan-Arab partnership of focus and empathy. The Palestinian Adel Salameh was amongst the first wave of virtuosic young oud players to take up the torch from Munir Bachir. He now established himself as one of the finest Arab performers working in Europe and his recent collaboration with the French/Algerian singer Naziha Azzouz have been especially fruitful, Salameh has drawn inpiration from the music of Mohamemed Abdel Wahab. Played by a dazzlingly well-rehearsed group that includes violin, accordion and riq. Salameh, whose oud playing has never sounded more assured, writes sensitively for Azzouz’s voice, and his setting of words by some of the Arab world’s finest modern poets is such that you really don’t have to understand Arabic to appreciate their line and beauty. The empathy that all the musicians on this recording share runs throughout the disc:.though they have always been talents to watch, Salameh and Azzouz’s musical partnership has really blossomed on Rissala.
Bill Badley (Songlines)