Berklee Summer in the CityAli Amr

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Friday / August 17, 2012 / 12:30 p.m.
Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street
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Ali Amr

Ali Amr is a vocalist and qanun performer. His work incorporates and reflects a legacy of Arabic music while it forges ahead to new frontiers, embracing many different styles in the process. Amr was honored with three advanced Marcel Khalife Competition prizes as the Best Arabic Music Performer, 2004-2007. Amr dazzles his audience as he smoothly leaps from traditional Arabic sounds to jazz and other contemporary styles. His soaring technique, melodic ingenuity, and unparalleled grace have earned him acclaim as a virtuoso on the qanun.

Moroccan born in the Rabat, Amr's childhood was steeped in music. His mother, Najat Brigui, is a professional singer. Amr began playing qanun at the age of six at the Edward Said National Conservatory.

Watch Ali Amr and his band perform at the Newport Jazz Festival here:

Amr has performed in countless cultural events throughout Palestine and worldwide in countries such as Sweden, United Arab Emirates, Norway, Germany, Holland, Spain, and Turkey. In 2002, he was invited to Simon Shaheen's acclaimed Arabic Music Retreat in Massachusetts, where he earned praise from leading musicians and Arabic music specialists. In 2006, he completed a two-month tour of the United States with a dancing group, starting at the United Nations in New York and ending with an audience of 85,000 at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio, Texas. Amr has performed in world-renowned venues such as the Boston Symphony Hall (Boston), Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Auditorio Nacional (Spain), Berklee Performance Center (Boston), and many others.

His most recent appearances includes the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival (Indiana); Monterey Jazz Festival (California); North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands); Istanbul Jazz Festival (Turkey); and BeanTown Jazz Festival (Massachusetts), where he played with world-renowned drummer Jack Dejohnette; the 23rd annual International Folk Festival at the Berklee Performance Center; and the Middle Eastern Festival at Berklee College of Music with Bassam Saba, in addition to other performances with artists such as Alejandro Sanz, Javier Limon, Simon Shaheen, Husnu Senlendirici, Joel Smirnoff, Concha Buika, Quiny Jones, Carmen Linares, Aynur Dogan, Esparanza Spalding, Glykeria, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Dhafer Youssef, Rita, La Shica, Leo Blanco, Robin Eubanks, Glen Velez, Eggie Castrillo, Sandra Carrasco, and many others. Amr also worked with very important artist managers in the music industry, such as Mariana Gyalui, EMI, and Universal Studios.

Amr had the honor of performing for the princess of Jordan (2005) and the president of Palestine (2008), Paco de Lucía (2010), Lang Lang (2011), and Ed O'Neil (2012). Amr is a scholarship student at Berklee College of Music and a touring musician worldwide.