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25.05.2017 - Köln Philharmonie
He had, like no other, the ability, to amalgamate the old arabic musical tradition with the new, the oriental with the western, what made him popular far beyond his own generation. Mohamed Abdel Wahab is considered, after Sayed Darwish, as the crucial pioneer and innovator of arabic art music. from a contemporary perspective he could even be described as an early Frank Zappa of arabian music...
In their new project wahab screening the tabadoul orchestra joins forces with young video artists from the Beirut underground scene. Mazen Kerbaj and Raed Yassin represent a young generation of musicians and visual artists who managed to create an international network that gives them the possibility to pursue their artistic vision in the field of improvised music, experimental film and performance art despite the many obstacles and common ignorance that they still have to face in their countries.
Between 1933 and the 1950s Abdel Wahab starred in seven musical films where he acted, sang and composed the film music. Unusual for their time, these films introduced a romantic hero who was light-hearted and sophisticated.They portrayed a westernized urban elite society and featured non-traditional music. These films are still immensely popular in the whole Arab world. The video work of Kerbaj/Yassin will use footage from these films and mix it with statements about artist‘s life and society in the real existing middle east of the 21st century.
wahab screening is supported by : Akademie der Künste der Welt Köln, SK-Stiftung Kultur; WDR Funkhaus Europa
Raimund Kroboth +49 (0)221 738525
Udo Moll +49 (0)221 1391307
New project : wahab screening !
Founded in summer 2010 by musicians from cologne, egypt and turkey, the tabadoul orchestra presents now, after their first CD, an adventurous new program with a renewed cast : wahab screening. this program is dedicated to the most important composer of the arabian world in the 20th century: Mohammed Abdel Wahab from egypt. From 2013 on, the orchestra is performing with the charismatic lebanese singer Rabih Lahoud
As the first ensemble ever in europe, tabadoul orchestra presents the adventurous compositions of Abdel Wahab in a feature-length concert
and on CD.
Mohammed Abdel Wahab, who died in 1990, was one of the most significant and innovative composers of the arabian world. He is regarded as the inventor of the arabian film-musical and also introduced western intruments like electric guitars, -pianos and -organs to the arabian music, thus developing a completely new style. furthermore, the use of latin-american dance rhythms like Beguine, Rumba or ChaCha in the context of the traditional egyptian string orchestra, his innovative way of orchestration and composition techniques as well as a life´s work of more than 1.000 compositions lifts Mohamed Abdel Wahab clearly out of the ranks of usual egyptian musicians.
rabih lahoud _ vocals
raimund kroboth _ guitar/arr
annette maye _ clarinets
zuzana leharova _ violin
matthias goebel _ vibraphone
udo moll _ trumpet
matti muche _ trombone
ahmed eid _ double bass
benedikt hesse _ drums