Arab music and Western jazz coming to London Jazz Festival

Charismatic Palestinian singer, musicologist and broadcaster Reem Kelani presents her unique mix of Arabic music and Western jazz, supported by her accomplished jazz musicians: Bruno Heinen on piano, Ryan Trebilcock on double bass and Antonio Fusco on drums. Bi-lingual and bi-cultural, Reem has a rare ability to entertain and to enlighten her audiences in equal measure. Her reputation precedes her as an artist for whom independence is an article of faith, musically, spiritually and politically.

Her first album Sprinting Gazelle – Palestinian Songs from the Motherland and the Diaspora won plaudits and first class reviews from across the world. Her second album Reem Kelani – Live at the Tabernacle is due for release in autumn 2015, showcasing her captivating live act.

‘When she told me earlier that she did not see any difference between jazz and Arabic music, it sounded a stretch; here, for a moment, the two spin together so fast they sound like one’ (Financial Times)

‘[Reem’s] stunning voice… has all the individualised inflection and passion a jazz fan could wish for’(Jazz Journal)

‘Her voice combines the poignancy of Billie Holiday with the glass-busting power of Aretha Franklin’(The Independent)

‘Reem Kelani’s voice will make the hairs on your neck stand up’ (Jazz UK)



£13-16 + Booking fee

Date and time:

Sunday 22 November 2015 | 8:00PM



35-47 Bethnal Green Road  


E1 6LA  


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