The European premiere of Anouar Brahem’s “Souvenance”, at the Prinzregententheater in Munich, was met with standing ovations. At the sold-out concert Brahem was accompanied by Francois Couturier, Klaus Gesing, Björn Meyer and the Tallinna Kammerorkester / Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Risto Joost. The German public television ARD included the event extensively in their late news.

The European premiere of Anouar Brahem’s “Souvenance”, at the Prinzregententheater in Munich, was met with standing ovations. At the sold-out concert Brahem was accompanied by Francois Couturier, Klaus Gesing, Björn Meyer and the Tallinna Kammerorkester / Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Risto Joost.
The German public television ARD included the event extensively in their late news.

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Triumph of "Souvenance" première at Carthage

Triumph of "Souvenance" première at Carthage

Following an absence of more than four year Anouar Brahem made a brilliant come back to the Tunis stage. "Souvenance" was premiered July 10th , 2014 at the Roman theatre of Carthage, at the opening of the 50th session of the International Carthage festival.
Souvenance, by turns graceful, hypnotic, and taut and starkly dramatic brought together Anouar Brahem on oud, François Couturier on piano, Klaus Gesing on bass clarinet, Bjorn Meyer on bass, and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra directed by Risto Joost.

In a packed theatre, in front an audience of 7500  people , "Souvenance" received a standing ovation. Anouar Brahem presented "Nuit d’oiseau" at the opening of the 1988 session and "Ceinture d’Or" at the closing of the 1992 session of the same festival.

This concert was presented in a preview show and before the release of the album scheduled in early 2015.

" Grandiose opening, up to the event, a packed theatre, the audience likes it and responds with an outright standing ovation. (...) Solemnity. There was like poetry  hovering in the air."  La Presse

"The atmosphere was engulfed in silence throughout the whole concert; the audience was transported in a  souvenance (remembering) journey, with a taint of  philosophy and spirituality, going far into the depth of the spirit and cultural realms on which it opens up(...) in an approach where fantasy meets reality." As-Sabah

"A show which contains as much bitterness and sadness expressed by the sounds of the violin, clarinet, (guitar) bass, oud and  the (string) orchestra, as impetuous hope for a future where Tunisia will enjoy freedom." Al-Akhbar

 

   

The legendary "Thimar" trio (Anouar Brahem, Dave Holland, and John Surman) reforms for a "moving" concert at the Ottawa Jazz Festival.

The legendary "Thimar" trio (Anouar Brahem, Dave Holland, and John Surman) reforms for a "moving" concert at the Ottawa Jazz Festival. A year after appearances at the Montreal International Jazz Festival last summer, the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam and the Molde Jazz Festival. According to allaboutjazz.com, "The Montreal show was, indeed, magical… the trio's performance at First Baptist Church even managed to surpass its performance a year earlier… an absolute explosion from the audience … tremendous applause… Brahem, Surman and Holland delivered a show of subtle beauty, soft pulses and unbridled imagination that will go down as one of the most sublime musical cross-pollinations this very limited number of Ottawans has ever experienced."
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With carte blanche from the Montreal Festival, Anouar Brahem appeared on three consecutive nights with different groups connected to three of his great records released by the ECM label.

With carte blanche from the Montreal Festival, Anouar Brahem appeared on three consecutive nights with different groups connected to three of his great records released by the ECM label.

For the occasion, [Brahem] chose to reconstitute "Thimar", the rare, founding trio with saxophonist John Surman and bassist Dave Holland which he conceived in 1998 for the recording of his album "Thimar". He next appeared onstage with his other atypical, singular trio "Le Voyage de Sahar", accompanied by pianist François Couturier and accordionist Jean-Louis Matinier… And finally with his brand-new project "The Astounding Eyes of Rita", accompanied by Klaus Gesing on clarinet and Björn Meyer on bass (percussionist Khaled Yassine being unable to rejoin the group in Montreal…)

The press was unanimous in its praise of the group and its music;

Montreal's largest-circulating daily paper le Devoir defined the appearance as "Music to excess… It was almost too much… It caused light to spring out, transmitting the echo of the immensity of silence… An immense beauty..." "There are special nights that mark every jazz festival, evenings when it all comes together for the listener to create something memorable… there was divine mystery at every turn… The next hour and a half was pure magic, as they played Brahem’s gorgeous, gentle music to perfection…

"The audience was as moved by the music as any crowd I’ve seen," commented The Gazette.

"The music of Anouar Brahem is a mirador of Africa, and this mirador offers a unique view of the world… Superb…" said Montreal daily La Presse.

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Anouar Brahem has received the 2010 German Echo Jazz Award for his album "The Astounding Eyes of Rita" (ECM Records). Brahem took first place in the category Instrumentalist of the Year, International, other instruments.

Anouar Brahem has received the 2010 German Echo Jazz Award for his album "The Astounding Eyes of Rita" (ECM Records). Brahem took first place in the category Instrumentalist of the Year, International, other instruments. The prestigious Echo Deutscher Musikpreis Awards are attributed annually by the Deutsche Phono-Akademie, the German record-company association. The Echo Deutscher Musikpreis, the German equivalent of the Grammy, is widely considered the most important music prize in Germany and has been awarded in a variety of genres since 1992. The Award honours outstanding and successful achievements by national and international artists.   According to the Jury: "An oud-player who explores hidden areas of sound and, in long and caring reflexion, has immersed himself in the history of Arabic and more generally Islamic art music." "Fascinated by film, theatre and dance, he looks for musical traces in other artistic genres in order to transform them into a musical distillate: Elegance, transparency, simplicity and, most important of all, a unique, incomparable style and sound." "Brahem's oud helps us to discover a world which, although seemingly familiar, continues to fascinate us and to surprise with ever-new details."

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On December 9th 2009, just after the release of his album “The Astounding Eyes of Rita“ (ECM), Anouar Brahem performed material from his new album at the legendary Salle Pleyel in Paris with Björn Meyer on bass, Klaus Gesing on clarinet and Khaled Yassine playing darbouka and bendir. In front of a packed hall and after several encores, the group received a long, standing ovation in tribute to the quartet's fabulous performance that evening.

On December 9th 2009, just after the release of his album “The Astounding Eyes of Rita“ (ECM), Anouar Brahem performed material from his new album at the legendary Salle Pleyel in Paris with Björn Meyer on bass, Klaus Gesing on clarinet and Khaled Yassine playing darbouka and bendir. In front of a packed hall and after several encores, the group received a long, standing ovation in tribute to the quartet's fabulous performance that evening. At a reception after the concert in the presence of ECM-founder and producer Manfred Eicher – whose label celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2009, with Anouar Brahem one of its most eminent artists – Brahem was made "Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres" by the French Minister for Culture and Communication Frédéric Mitterrand, a decoration which officially recognizes the artistic reach of Anouar Brahem's music in France and throughout the world. "Pleyel, December 2009 (…)

The concert by the Tunisian musician Anouar Brahem has just ended to a standing ovation rarely heard in this legendary venue (…) Three encores, and a hall on its feet, delirious with such rare, very rare happiness."
Hugues Blondet, La pensée de Midi -  Actes Sud  

"(From our special correspondent in Paris)… On the main stage at Pleyel (…) the music of the Tunisian virtuoso heated the silence of a tenacious, almost groovy Oriental vein (…) 2000 spectators breathing sighs of pleasure… At Pleyel, Brahem scored a triumph."
Philippe Cornet, Le Vif - L'Express  

"Albums as perfect as this appear rarely (…) this quartet recording beats anything I’ve heard from Anouar Brahem yet."
Phil Johnson, The Independent

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The film "Mots d'après la Guerre" directed and coproduced by Anouar  Brahem has been selected by the prestigious annual Film Festival in Locarno,  Switzerland, with its world-premiere set for August 4th.

The film "Mots d'après la Guerre" directed and coproduced by Anouar  Brahem has been selected by the prestigious annual Film Festival in Locarno,  Switzerland, with its world-premiere set for August 4th. The film set in Lebanon is articulated as a story centred on interviews with Lebanese artists and intellectuals just after the cease-fire introduced in the summer 2006 war between Israel and Lebanon. Men and women of different generations and faiths talk frankly with rare emotion and sincerity in eye-witness accounts of the events they lived through. Official screening: Saturday August 4th, Rialto Cinema 1 at 6.30pm.

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Anouar Brahem has obtained the greatest distinction awarded by The Netherlands' music-industry.

Anouar Brahem has obtained the greatest distinction awarded by The Netherlands' music-industry. In announcing the winners, the Jury referred to his album in these terms: "With 'Le Voyage de Sahar', the Tunisian musician Anouar Brahem proposes a breathtaking record, beautiful and intense." The Edison is the Dutch award for “sound productions of extraordinary quality.” It is the oldest music award in The Netherlands (1960).  The award, a bronze statuette by the sculptor Pieter d’Hont, is the equivalent of the Grammy Award in the USA, the German Echo Award, and the "Victoire de la Musique" in France. Previous Edison laureates have included Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Dave Douglas, Cassandra Wilson and Pat Metheny.

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In the 2001 Jazz Chart of German retail/business magazine Musikmarkt, Anouar Brahem's album of pan-Arab improvisational music 'Astrakan Café' beats - rather surprisingly - all the jazz competition by placing at #2. The 2001 Jazz Chart is compiled from individual chart-placings throughout the year.

In the 2001 Jazz Chart of German retail/business magazine Musikmarkt, Anouar Brahem's album of pan-Arab improvisational music 'Astrakan Café' beats - rather surprisingly - all the jazz competition by placing at #2. The 2001 Jazz Chart is compiled from individual chart-placings throughout the year.

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