Artist Profiles: Lior Elmaleh

Lior Elmaleh

Lior Elmaleh, who has been the Israeli Andalusian Orchestra’s resident soloist for a number of years, is one of the leading representatives of the new generation of performers of Medieval Andalusian music. Born in 1974 in Kiryat Shmona, he studied classical Andalusian song – and the bakkashot (“petitions”) in particular – with Nissim Shoshan, the famous exponent of liturgical music.

A highly accomplished singer, Elmaleh possesses a vocal quality unique among Israeli performers, and, despite his young age, he is considered an extremely experienced interpreter of the many and varied types of Andalusian song


Yagel Yaakov – Yismach Israel
The Supplications – Shirat Ha’bakashot, a 10 CD set
Orchestre Andalou D’Israel with Lior Elmaleh (Magda, 2011)
La Sublime Porte – Voix D’Istanbul – 1430-1750 ‎(Alia Vox, 2011)
Mare Nostrum ‎(Alia Vox, 2011)
Granada 1013 – 1502 ‎(Alia Vox, 2016)

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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