The Ali Amr Experiment performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.

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Newport Jazz Festival

Ali Amr Experiment, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

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Berklee College of Music graduate Ali Amr grew up in the Palestinian territories, where music was literally what kept him off the streets. He's translated that into a prepossessing command of the 72-string instrument called the qanun, and at Berklee, he's found a way to blend it into in a fluid, jazz-based improvising context. Like Robert Glasper, Amr calls his hybridized band the Experiment; that word has a different connotation in his hands.

Personnel
  • Ali Amr, qanun and vocals
  • Elisa Lomazzo, vocals
  • Grace Kelly, alto sax
  • Christian Li, piano
  • Alex Toth, bass
  • Anthony Toth, drums
  • Sergio Martinez, percussion
Set List
  • "Where I'm Meant To Be"
  • "Journey"
  • "Tell Me Would It Be"
  • "Autumn Leaves" (Trad.)
  • "Spain" (Corea)
  • "Mandijazz"
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