MY STORY

 

Born in Kuwait on June 8 1970, from very artistic parents, Kamal showed unique talents for drawing and playing music from the early age of 3. He started learning guitar at the age of 9 but took it more seriously when he was 17. Kamal was educated as architect and has went through various musical experiences throughout his young age and college times; of which were Arabic bands, Flamenco, Rock and Blues bands. Late 80's to early 90's, he started discovering more of Jazz sounds and got to know Pat Metheny, Miles Davis, George Benson, John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, among many others. In 1994 he moved to France, where he experienced another true musical atmosphere for four years, attending festivals and concerts in both France and Switzerland. He met artists from all over Europe and the world. There he created a more obvious interest for jazz, and developed his playing style.

In 1997 he moved back for one year in Lebanon to work as architect; during which he met Ziad Rahbani and started to be a part of his ensemble. There he was convinced his real passion was music and nothing but that, and had to make a serious decision about his career, either to be an architect or a musician, and he chose to explore the musical world. That decision demanded a second trip to France to explore more into the core of the music industry. Kamal’s final return to settle in Jordan, led him to establish his own label K&G and to produce his first album ON A JORDAN RIVER’S SIDE, 2003. It was followed by Out Of MY CITY, 2008, LULU,  2009, SONGS FOR SEUNG-EUN, 2011, THE BEST OF KAMAL MUSALLAM, 2012, HOMEMADE IN ROME, 2014, and WORLD PEACE TRIO, 2017. A new collaboration with Billy Cobham, Kai Eckhardt and Gary Husband, among others, is still in production.

Kamal is settled in Dubai since 2002, active locally and internationally as performer and producer. His main touring bands are Kamal Musallam TrioLulu Projectand EastMania. Other collaborations perform occasionally as World Peace Trio, with Gilad atzmon and Dwiki Dharmawan, and Sea Of Strings, with Dominic Miller (longtime STING's right hand), and Jason Carter.

 

Musallam is currently playing the nylon Silent guitar™ and the newly developed Trans-Acoustic models by YAMAHA, the electric Multi-Oud by GODIN. In 2017, he had developed with IBANEZ his signature guitar models, the electric KMM1 and the nylon fretless KMA1 both released in 2010, and later the high end electric model KMM100 released in 2014, all with a dedicated “quarter tones” playing facility, opening new horizons for guitarists to experiment with additional sounds non existing on standard guitars.

 

FESTIVALS

2018/ Fête De La Musique, Dubai Opera, UAE

2017/ Java Jazz Festival, Jakarta, Indonesia

2017/ Vienna Jazz Festival, Austria

2016/ YPO 2016, Dubai

2016/ Mother Of The Nation Festival, Abu Dhabi

2015/ Bali World Music Festival, Indonesia

2015/ Jazz @ Kota Tua, Jakarta, Indonesia

2015/ Frankfurt Museum Festival, Germany

2015/ Sharjah World Music Festival, UAE

2014/ Volvo Ocean Race, Abu Dhabi, UAE

2014/ Sabang Jazz Festival, Aceh, Indonesia

2014/ Asean Jazz Festival, Batam, Indonesia

2013/ Asian Music Festival, Malaysia

2012/ Jeonju International Sori Festival, S. Korea

2012/ du world Music Festival, UAE

2011/ Abu Dhabi International Film Festival, UAE

2011/ Asean Jazz Festival, Batam, Indonesia

2011/ Umbria Jazz festival, Perugia, Italy

2011/ du World Music Festival, UAE

2011/ Java Jazz Festival, Jakarta, Indonesia

2010/ Asian Games, Guangzhou, China

2010/ Monju World Music Festival, Bandung, Indonesia

2010/ Formula I, UAE

2010/ Abu Dhabi International Film Festival, UAE

2010/ Vienna Jazz Festival, Austria

2010/ Cannes Film Festival, France

2009/ Formula I, UAE (opening act)

2009/ Middle-East International Film Festival, UAE

2009/ Jordan Music Festival, Jordan.

2009/ Java Jazz Festival, Jakarta, Indonesia

2008/ Dubai International Film Festival, UAE

2007/ Dubai International Jazz festival, UAE (opening act)

2005/ Abu Dhabi International Jazz Festival, UAE (opening act)

2005/ Dubai International Jazz Festival, UAE

2005/ Masqat International Jazz Festival, Oman

2004/ Dubai International Film Festival, UAE

2003/ Abu Dhabi International Jazz Festival, UAE (Opening act)

2000/ Jerash Festival, Jordan

 

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