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Faraj Suleiman

Trailblazing Arabic Jazz Pianist

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Date of Birth:

1984

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Al-Ramah, Upper Galilee, Palestine

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Why Featured?

Pioneering jazz pianist and composer, blending Arabic, jazz, rock, and classical music influences, contributing significantly to the cultural landscape of the Middle East and beyond.

Brief bio

Faraj Suleiman is a Palestinian jazz pianist and composer celebrated for his innovative blending of Arabic melodies, jazz, rock, and classical music. He has released several albums and has been involved in numerous projects in film, theater, and music, earning a reputation as a leading figure in contemporary Middle Eastern music.

Major Milestones

Contributions

  • First solo concert in Haifa, 2013 - This marked his introduction to the public as a performer and set the stage for his career in music.

  • Overcoming initial failure - His first show was a disaster, but it motivated him to improve and succeed.

  • Release of two albums in 2017 - ‘Once Upon A City’ and ‘My Heart Is A Forest’, the latter being a collection of children's songs.

  • Performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival, 2018 - A major international milestone in his career.

  • Release of ‘Second Verse’ album, 2019 - His first album to include vocals, crowdfunded and showcasing a new dimension in his music.

  • Blending of Arabic, jazz, rock, and classical music - Creating a unique musical style...See More

  • Collaboration with Banksy for "Walled-off Hotel" in Bethlehem - Contributing to a significant artistic collaboration...See More

  • Inventing a secret language with his cousin at age 12, gaining media attention...See More

  • Album "Better than Berlin", 2020 - Reflecting on Haifa's transformation and Palestinian life.

Date of Last Update: 
December 31, 2023

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