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Bachar Mar Khalifé's first album, Oil Slick is out today on InFiné.

Bachar Mar-Khalifé, who grew up listening to the voice and Lebanese compositions of his father (Marcel Khalifé), naturally opted for music as his main medium of expression. After training with Abd Al Rahman El Bacha, he went on to the Boulogne Conservatoire, where he gradually gave form to his singular approach to piano and percussions, alongside fellow students Rami of course (his brother, piano), but also Aymeric Westrich (drums, synths) and Alexander Angelov (bass, backing vocals), who all took part in the elaboration of Oil Slick.

After graduating from the illustrious Paris Conservatoire national Supérieur, he set off to tour the world with his father, under the kindly tuition of conductors Lorin Maazel and James Gaffigan.

Avant-gardist and unconventional, Bachar asserted his qualities as a performer while playing with the Orchestre National de France and the Ensemble Intercomporain (founded by Pierre Boulez, specialised in contemporary classical music). Oscillating between jazz, world music and electronic experimentation, he has also collaborated with Bojan Z and worked on Francesco Tristano’s live projects with Carl Craig and Moritz Von Oswald. 

With Oil Slick, it is as a singer-composer that Bachar (percussions, piano) takes stock – on the social, political and passionate level – of the world as it is today.

Buy it on digital on iTunes or on CD on Amazon

Listen to the title Distance:

Bachar will play Around The Lamp live (piano/voice) on France Culture. It will be broadcasted here this wednesday at 7.00pm (french hour).

He will also play Progeria & Distance (piano/voice) and be interviewed on RFI (Radio France International) on "Musique du Monde" broadcasting at 10.30pm (french hour), it will be broadcasted here.

Check also his next live dates here.

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