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Rabih Abou-Khalil

Born: August 17, 1957    Primary Instrument: Oud

Rabih Abou-Khalil

The oud virtuoso Rabih Abou Khalil was born in Beirut Lebanon in 1957 and grew up during the two decades when Beirut was on of the most cosmopolitan of all cities. He studied traditional Arabic music on the oud, western classical music on the flute and was exposed at home to both rock and jazz. In 1978 he moved to Munich Germany due to the Lebanese civil war and continued his study of classical flute. In fact he played flute on his first albumcalled Compositions & Improvisations recorded in 1981 but shortly afterwards he switched to the oud which he plays on all his subsequent recordings. The oud is a traditional Arab musical instrument and is the predecessor to both the lute and the guitar. It looks like a lute with 5-6 double strings of either nylon or gut. It is the quintessential compositional instrument in Arabic musical heritage....
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Selected Discography

Rabih Abou Khalil, Hungry People (World Village, 2012)
Rabih Abou Khalil, Em Portugues (Enja Records, 2008)
Rabih Abou Khalil, Songs for Sad Women (Enja Records, 2007)
Rabih Abou Khalil, Morton's Foot (Enja Records, 2004)
Rabih Abou Khalil, The Cactus of Knowledge (Enja Records, 2001)

As a Leader

Compositions & Improvisations
MMP
1981


Bitter Harvest
MMP
1984


Between Dusk And Dawn
MMP
1987


Bukra
MMP
1988


Nafas
ECM
1988


Roots & Sprouts
Enja
1990


World Music Orchestra: East West Suite
Granit Records
1990


Al-Jadida
Enja
1990


Blue Camel
Enja
1992


Tarab
Enja
1992


The Sultan's Picnic
Enja
1994


Arabian Waltz
Enja
1996


Odd Times
Enja
1997


Yara
Enja
1998


The Cactus Of Knowledge
Enja
2001


Il Sospiro
Enja
2002


Morton's foot
Enja
2004


Journey to the Centre of an Egg
Enja
2005


Songs For Sad Women
Enja
2007

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