Anouar Brahem


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Anouar Brahem is a Tunisian musician born in "Halfeouine" on October 20,1957.

His father supported him in his quest to learn music. Soon, at the age of ten years old, Anouar joined the Tunis National Music Conservatory to play the "Oud" and was trained by the maestro Ali Sriti. The latter initiated him to the Arab music, the "Maqam", and the art of improvisation; the ‘Taqasim’. When he was 15 years old, Anouar was already certified as a professional musician.

In 1981, Anouar moved to Paris and collaborated with Maurice Béjart. He wrote several compositions, mainly for Tunisian movies such as Nouri Bouzid's "Sabots En Or" and "Bezness", Ferid Boughedir's "Halfaouine", and Moufida Tlati's "Les Silences Du Palais". In 1985, he went back to Tunisia to learn music scales and musical rules from his teacher Ali Sriti.

In 1987, he was assigned the direction of the Musical Group of Tunis City, for which he composed several pieces among which "Ennouara Alachiqa", born from collaboration between him and the poet Ali Louati. These compositions gave him the status of the uncontested great Tunisian composer.

In 1990, Anouar Brahem met Manfred Eicher who proposed to produce his first record by the famous and prestigious ECM label. Their first collaboration gave birth to the album "Barzakh". Indeed, their collaboration was fruitful as they worked together on other albums. Soon, Anouar attracted many talented and well-known artists and musicians from all over the world.

Great musicians like Barbarose Erkose, Dave Holland, and John Surman, played Anouar‘s music on his 7 albums. Throughout his career Anouar released 11 albums and performed on many prestigious stages around the world. In 1988, he played during the opening ceremony of the prestigious Carthage Festival. In1990, he went on a tour in the United States. In 2006, Anouar directed his first documentary entitled "Words In The Wake Of War".

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