Transmigration, Makram Aboul Hosn

Makram Aboul Hosn is a frequent performer in the Beirut music scene. You could find him on different stages playing Jazz, Rock, Classical, and Arabic music with different groups all within the same week. Currently working as a Jazz instructor at NDU, he also composes music for his own projects, and writes blogs on music and art/community.

Makram plays both electric and upright bass in a variety of styles. He writes Classical works for small chamber ensembles, and Jazz compositions for small and large ensembles of improvisers.

His first album "Parallel" is a spontaneous duet recording session with pianist Jeremy Siskind, and it features one of Makram's compositions "Debbie's Waltz", a romantic classical sounding piece with a brilliant improvisation from Jeremy. The remaining tracks are Free Improvisations mixed with creatively approached Jazz Standards such as "All Blues", and "Body & Soul".

After receiving a grant from The Arab Funds for Arts and Culture (AFAC), Makram recorded his second album "Transmigration", featuring eight of Makram's compositions. The music was written for 5 saxophones, flutes, vibraphone, vocals, bass, drums, and percussion.

Transmigration, Makram Aboul Hosn

About the album and the track “Modjadji”:

This track and the album are available for download on BandCamp:

When I read about the South African droughts a few years ago, I was inspired to compose a piece to symbolize a rain dance ritual. The name “Modjadji” or Rain Queen refers to a line of queens of the Balobedu (Limpopo province, South Africa) believed to have the ability to control clouds and rainfall.

Tarek Amery: Solo Flute
Tom Hornig: Flute/Alto Saxophones
Nidal Abou Samra: Tenor/Baritone Saxophones
Makram Aboul Hosn: Double Bass
Christopher Michael: Drums/Vibraphone
Khaled Yassine: Congas, Timbales, Shakers

Recorded by Jean Madani (Audio Addicts Studio, Beirut)
Mixed and Mastered by David Darlington (Bass Hit Studio, New York)

Composed and Arranged by Makram Aboul Hosn. All Rights Reserved.

Episode #274

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