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Ali Amr Experiment At Newport

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

Ali Amr Experiment, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

August 4, 2013 The Berklee College of Music graduate grew up in the Palestinian territories, where music was literally what kept him off the streets. He's translated that into a command of a 72-string instrument called the qanun. Now stateside, he's blended it into in a fluid, jazz-based context.

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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About The Festival

The Newport Jazz Festival, was founded by jazz pianist George Wein in 1954 as the first outdoor music festival of its kind devoted entirely to jazz, and is now universally acknowledged as the grandfather of all jazz festivals. For information on attending this year's Festival, visit their official website.

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