Tamer Abu Ghazaleh
A restless and inventive performer and promoter of a wide range of music and artistic activity, Tamer Abu Ghazaleh is a leading figure in modern Arabic culture. The Palestinian singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer has over the past few years collaborated in many music projects, released a debut album and founded eka3 (2007), a regional platform dedicated to promoting, producing, distributing, and touring independent Arabic music.
Tamer Abu Ghazaleh was born in Cairo 1986 to an exiled Palestinian family. He started singing and performing at the age of two, and composing at the age of nine. In 1998 Tamer and his family managed to return to their homeland to live in Ramallah, where he started his academic music education at the National Conservatory of Music (now Edward Said Conservatory). There he studied oud, buzuq, music theory, history, analysis, composition, orchestration and performance, under the supervision of renowned Palestinian musician Khaled Jubran. In 2008, Tamer released ”Thawret Ala” (Revolution of Worry), a collaborative piece of musical theatre that was performed by the Al-Tamye Theatre Group.
While he has been touring his own music throughout 2012 at sold-out concerts in Beirut, Alexandria, Cairo, Amman and Tunis, Tamer Abu Ghazaleh has been an active musical collaborator for many years. Projects include: starting the cross-genre group Kazamada (2010); working with Palestinian & Egyptian artists on Jehar (with Huda Asfour), Duo Buzuq (with Rabea Jubran) and Kalam Mazzika (with Salam Yousry); and performing on Khaled Jubran’s Psalms (2005).
Tamer Abu Ghazaleh is currently touring while producing the music of a number of talented Egyptian musicians. He is also one of the key members of the new pan-Arabic Alif Ensemble.
Mir’ah (Mirror), his debut album, was released in 2008. Recorded with a group of Palestinian and Egyptian performers, the record’s seven turbulent, entrancing and sometimes frenzied songs were written during a turbulent period of demonstrations, bombardment and invasion of Palestinian cities.
Composed during curfews, the album expresses everyday human emotions – love, hate, comfort, boredom, excitement – that we reinformed by the unreal experience of living in Palestine during that period.
Without a doubt, Tamer Abu Ghazaleh is the most innovative and avant-garde artist of his generation in the Arab world. Unclassifiable, sassy, and just as powerful on his albums as on stage, he opens the doors to the radiant and musically rich future of the modern Middle Eastern music scene, of which he is an irrefutable leader.
« Between his harsh vocals, skittish-which-turns-to-serious melody, flowing voices, energetic beats […] emotional bursts from his musicians, this uncategorizable show rocks. » Télérama
« In his third album, ‘Thulth’, this Palestinian musician frenetically brings together three decades’ worth of music and poetry, and not without political satire. » France Culture
« Tamer Abu Ghazaleh’s music is surprising, contemporary, audacious, and ‘cross-over’, reminding us of the originality of the band ‘Sabreen’. » – Le Monde
« Listeners who don’t speak Arabic miss out on Ghazaleh’s lyrics of acrid satire and sociopolitical comments. However they’re still spellbound when they listen to his music, which tells a lot about its intensity. » – Der Spiegel
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