Harmonia Mundi has announced the release of a new album titled Wind by groundbreaking jazz trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf. Asked by the French national film library to compose music for a film of his choosing from among the silent movies in the Albatros catalog, Maalouf selected René Clair’s 1927 film La Proie du vent (The Prey of the Wind).
The project allowed Maalouf to fulfill two wishes – first to compose for a film, and second to compose a piece that could be very much inspired by Miles Davis’ music for Louis Malle’s Ascenseur pour l’échafaud, but using a quarter-tone trumpet.
“I wanted to reproduce that mysteriously melancholic atmosphere, dripping with suspense, contributing a discreet yet powerful Arabic hue, blended into the typical jazz quintet played for many years by Miles,” says Maalouf of the album’s theme.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.