Tuesday, February 14, 2017

ISRAEL: Faraj Suleiman-Once Upon a City( 2017)

Faraj Suleiman is a Palestinian composer and pianist. He plays mostly original compositions, which are strongly influenced by Arabic music and eastern rhythms, often using its scales and modalities. he was born in Ramy, a small village in the upper Galilee. His father had a toy store, and his mother was a florist. She noticed her son’s sensitivity to music when he was crawling as a baby from his home to his uncle’s studio (Yosef Basila) where he was rehearsing with the choir of the village. he started to play the piano at the age of three, and had his first concert at five.
In addition to being inspired by his Arabic culture, he is also influenced by tango and jazz traditions.