Kamal Musallam World Peace Trio feat. Dwiki Dharmawan
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 new travel to learn about music industry in its proper terms. He chose to go back for one more year in Paris to investigate as much as possible in the field.Kamals final return to settle in Jordan, and establish his own label and musical activity, led him to produce his first album On a Jordan Rivers Side - K&G Productions 2003.
At present, he is settled in Dubai, active as performer and producer. His main active bands are Kamal Musallam Group, Kamal Musallam Trio and Eastmania.
Musallam is presently playing a new hybrid of the guitar and oud called the Glissentar, created by Godin. And he has just developed with Ibanez guitars new designs of signature models : KMM1, and KMA1, opening up new possibilities to play Arabic quarter tones on the guitar. Read more
Kamal performed along with: Bobby McFerrin, Bob Franceschini, Randy Brecker, Ada Rovatti, Stanely Jordan, Ranjot Barot, Anne Ducros, Dwiki Dharmawan, Andy Suzuki, David Reinhardt, Jorge Pardo (Paco De Lucia Sextet), Francisco Molina, Israel Varela, Volker Schlott and others.
Some of the festivals he played at:
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/ Musqat International Jazz Festival, Oman.
2004/ Dubai International Film Festival, UAE.
2003/ Abu Dhabi International Jazz Festival, UAE (Opening act).
2000/ Jerash Festival, Jordan.