Rabih Abou-Khalil

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Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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17 August 1957, Beirut, Lebanon. From early childhood, Abou-Khalil played the oud, a fretless string instrument, not unlike the lute. He studied in Beirut with Georges Farah becoming highly skilled on the instrument, for which he later composed much of his repertoire. When he was in his early twenties he moved to Germany, settling in Munich, which is where he studied classical flute with Walther Theurer at the Academy of Music. From early in his career, Abou-Khalil filled his performances with a pleasing blend of Middle Eastern and western musical forms. He also makes use of time signatures that are uncommon to most western ears. More than any other musician, he has helped make the oud a staple instrument of what has become known as world jazz. The jazz touches he brings to the traditional Arab forms are largely contemporary, often working in forms that resemble those adopted by American jazzmen who had in their turn drawn upon eastern music for their inspiration....

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