Jazz singing with a Palestinian twist tonight

Reem Kelani

Reem Kelani

The acclaimed Palestinian singer Reem Kelani is performing for Birmingham Jazz this evening at The Red Lion in the Jewellery Quarter. And she is accompanied by a top-class piano trio.

Reem, who was born in this country, has lived and worked throughout the Palestinian diaspora and now lives in London, released her second album, Live At The Tabernacle, earlier this year. She is busy as an educator and musicologist in addition to her live performances which have taken Reem and her band to Germany, Syria, Turkey, China and the U.S.

Her singing and expertise transcends particular musical styles and she has been a soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and London Philharmonic choir in a performance of Karl Jenkins’ Stabat Mater, and has collaborated with Portuguese fado singer Liani and Turkish clarinettist Selim Sesler .

For her Birmingham Jazz performance, which mixes the Palestinian and Arabic roots of her music with a jazz sensibility, she has Bruno Heinen on piano, Ryan Trebilcock on bass and Jon Scott on drums.

Reviewing her first album for The Metro, Mike Butler wrote: “She has a genius for finding the universal in the particular. Her album, Sprinting Gazelle, introduced jazz musicians to Middle Eastern modes and was pure and profound.”

  • Full details of this evening’s performance by the Reem Kelani Quartet, which starts at 7.45pm, are HERE.


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