···DUO SABÎL - Palestyna
DUO SABÎL: Ahmad Al Khatib & Youssef Hbeisch
Palestinian masters of oud and rhythm Ahmad Al Khatib and Youssef Hbeisch express through music a thirst for freedom which revives classicism. Inventiveness combined with refinement, inwardness mingled with energy, generate emotion among all listeners.
Sabîl is the story of two artists on the way, but keeping memory of their roots. Rooted in the classical Arab inheritance and fed with sufi mystics, their creations explore new sounds, new colours, new rhythms – taking oriental music to areas never reached before. Linked to the tragedies of the Arab world, the melancholy conveyed in their playing is part of the universal.
Ahmad Al Khatib and Youssef Hbeisch created the Duo Sabîl (Arabic for ‘path’) in 2011, a collaboration they consider a ‘life experience’, each project together punctuating their respective musical journeys. Their first eponymous album, released in 2012 to widespread acclaim, was a marvel of expressiveness and depth. Their next album, Jadayel, the result of a fruitful encounter with the French contemporary quartet Béla, was created during the summer of 2014. In 2017 for their third album, Zabad, the duo’s musical creation draws new breath. The group might have fleshed out, but the music has become lighter. The oud-percussion duo is joined by two guests, Hubert Dupont and Elie Khoury, on the double bass and the buzuq, for this most effervescent of projects.
As Ahmad Al Khatib is admired in the Middle-East as a successor of greatest oud players, one gets impressed by his modesty full of dignity. The son of a poet, he always admired poet’s power to create from words visions and feelings for themselves and others. Composing is his attempt to achieve the same through musical language. In the service of emotion generated among listeners, his musical quest reveals the grave elegance of an imperious quest of meaning.
Youssef Hbeisch lives between Haifa, Paris and the world’s stages. Caressing, brushing, hitting each instrument at the right time with the required pressure, is his way of describing in the sound dimension the outside world and his inner world.
During Globaltica festival they will play in Poland for the first time.
Ahmad Al Khatib – oud
Youssef Hbeisch – percussion instruments