Marcel Khalifé and Bachar Mar-Khalifé - Mahmoud, Marcel and I
The renowned oud master Marcel Khalifé returns to the Barbican in a show created by his son who reinvents his much-loved music to celebrate his musical legacy.
Bachar Mar-Khalifé is a French Lebanese singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist. Born in war-torn Lebanon, he is the son of the revered oud virtuoso and composer Marcel Khalifé, an Arab cultural icon. Bachar has collaborated on many projects that fuse jazz, Arab musics, electronica and hip-hop with artists as diverse as Bojan Z, Carl Craig, Francesco Tristano and Murcof.
In this show he pays homage to his father, and to the late great poet Palestinian Mahmoud Darwish. The former putting into music and song the poetry of the latter.
“My father will play oud, and will be singing as well” says Bachar, “I’m crafting a music that will recompose the universe that Mahmoud and Marcel once shared; it’s these two men that I will showcase on stage.”