Artist Profiles: Marwan Abado

Marwan Abado

Marwan Abado was born a Palestinian refugee in Beirut, Lebanon in 1967. As a child from Christian Palestinians he experienced as a child the fate of living the diaspora.

In 1985 Abado moved to Austria to continue his studies with the Iraqi ud virtuoso Asim Chalabi. In Vienna he found a new home as a musician, singer, composer and poet.

Abado’s instrument, the ud (the Middle Eastern lute) is essential in Arabic music .

Abado’s music has its roots in the classical Arabic music tradition of the taqsim, which is not restricted to particular rhythms, but which springs from the inner impulses of the musician.

On the one hand Abado’s melodies and musical concepts take their power from the deep relatedness to his roots. He is conscious about the rich Arabic tradition which he is musically living not only quoting. Otherwise Abado easily steps across the border between East and West by seeking interaction with European traditions and musicians. This results in Abado’s specific sound: cosmopolitan, borderless music.

Contemporary poetry and prose often provide the inspiration for Abado’s lyrics; thought-provoking commentary on the political realities of the Palestinians is interwoven through his texts.

In 2000 he formed a duo with Peter Rosmanith. Apart from this, his artistic work with musicians like Otto Lechner, Timna Brauer, Roland Neuwirth, Allegre Correa, Krzystof Dobrek, Aliosha Biz, Franz Hautzinger and many other Austrian and international musicians and poets show his artistic openness.

His creative output includes also film and theater music as well as concepts for cultural institutions and lectures about Arabic music.


Marakeb (Iris, 2002)
Kabila (Iris)
Nard (2009)
Zugvögel (2010)
Raushana (2012)
Masaar Hubb “Path of Love” (Gramola, 2015)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and 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.


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