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Claude Chalhoub

Claude Chalhoub

It’s a sad commentary on the current climate when a CD as beautiful as violinist Claude Chalhoub’s self-titled debut for Teldec might be ignored because he’s Lebanese. Those with open minds and ears, will be treated to one of the most successful East-West collaborations in recent years.

Chalhoub’s CD contains the improvisational soul of Indian music, the buzzing effervescence of Arabic sounds and the ethereal drone of experimental electronica. “Don’t Wake Me Up” alone mixes flamenco textures, Arabic tonalities, romantic film music and club sounds. The CD was produced by guitarist Michael Brook, known for 1990’s Mustt Mustt (Real World), his wildly praised mixing of Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan with modern sounds. “We both like Indian music, in general, and we both love the way it is improvised,” says Chalhoub from London. “And I was a big fan of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s recording produced by Michael.”

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