Rabie Abu Khalil Alone with His Lute
The Lebanese musician Rabie Abu Khalil chose to limit his use only to his lute in his 10th CD after he combined in his previous records the east with the west represented by the trumpet and saxophone along with the tambourine cadences and drum beating.
The new CD includes 13 pieces of music played on the lute. These include Shawerma, Sharab al Tout, A’rous Labneh, Ghantous, Maharah fi Paris, and others.
The musician chose this time to unite with lute that takes listeners to old times and to eastern places, which have not been littered with any western feet.
Last year, Abu Khalil crowned his composed pieces with Sabbar al Maarefah which the western music critics described as the strongest project of all Abu Khalil’s previous music works. They considered it as a summary of all what he has written to date and a focus on the ideas which his music conveyed.
“This Solo has been born on the “lute” without planning I used to sit with my lute to play some words which I wrote. This way and without any previous planning I found this written work for a lute a work that completes itself. I wasn’t initially convinced of recording it but I felt it too intimate as if I took off my clothes and uncovered my secrets including my depression and the longing that we attempt to conceal,” Abu Khalil told the daily al Nahar.
Middlesex University in London began teaching the music of Abu Khalil who will deliver a series of lectures on it -- Albawaba.com