Last year the presence of Ibrahim Maalouf
at the North Sea Jazz Festival made for high expectations that he completely lived up to in a Hudson hall filled to the brim. He whipped up the audience with his lyrical playing. This summer the French-Lebanese trumpeter returns to Rotterdam, but to a larger stage. Maalouf is seen as one of the great innovators both in jazz and on the trumpet; his instrument has a special fourth valve that allows him to play the Arab musical scale. Maalouf impresses with his astounding technique and original compositions in which Arab influences are subtly hidden. As a musician who cannot be put in a single genre, he continues to re-invent himself. For his last album Wind
, he was inspired by Miles Davis’ soundtrack for Ascenseur Pour l'Échafaud
. On his latest album Illusions
he explores the roads of funk and rock.