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RootsWorld's Music of the Month for July
Philippe El Hage and Youssef Hbeisch
Asrar

My July 2018 pick for Music of the Month is a collaboration between the Lebanese born pianist Philippe El Hage and Palestinian percussionist Youssef Hbeisch. On Asrar, the two artists compose and improvise around each other in a way that is spotaneous, thoughtful and full of energy. They are joined on some tracks by singer Houry Dora Apartian-Friedli, flautist Ramy Maalouf and on one track by bassist Ognjen Beader.

Here's what El Hage says about the unique collaboration of Asrar: When I recorded this project with Youssef Hbeisch, we met directly in the recording studio at Lausanne (switzerland). I did not have any previous stage experience with Youssef, but the recording process was very natural. It is only later on and after the release of the album that we played together on stage. I find the combination of piano and Oriental percussion very interesting, but also very challenging and intriguing. Youssef used a very rich setup of different percussion instrumetn, performed with a great sense of musical color (both Arabic and contemporary) and great dynamics. Listen to some samples from the album:

"Traditional Song"

"Hymn Variations"

"Byblos"

"Asrar" (Secrets)

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Born in Byblos in 1979, Philippe began studying music in Lebanon. In 2000, he obtained a degree (DEUG) in French Literature from Saint Joseph University (USJ) in Beirut before moving to Paris to complete his piano studies at the Boulogne Billancourt Conservatory. He followed advanced courses for three years at the Regional National Conservatory (CNR) of the city of Rueil-Malmaison under Chantale Riou, obtaining the First Prize in Piano (Gold Medal). In May 2005, thanks to his piano improvisations, he is nominated for the Paris Young Talents 2005 Contest organized by the city of Paris. After two years of advanced Piano Jazz courses at the Gabriel Fauré Conservatory under Francois POPINEAU, Philippe El Hage begins performing in Lebanon, France and Italy in concerts of classical music and improvisation. In September 2007, El Hage releases his first album, Byblos, which he recorded in France. Many other recordings followed in many different styles, leading to this 2018 release.

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