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Ibrahim MaaloufPHOTO: Radio-Canada / Andréanne Plante

The soundtrack of the film Elevator to the Gallows of Miles Davis changed his life. These days, trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf is packed everywhere. “I try to draw inspiration from everything that exists,” says the Franco-Lebanese artist.

The love of music came through his father, also a trumpeter. “He taught me everything about this instrument,” says the musician, who started accompanying his dad on stage at age 8.

For Ibrahim Maalouf, the marriage between Arab music and Western music was done in a “natural” way. Moreover, her love of improvisation comes from her mother, who let her have fun on the piano. He explains how improvisation became the main inspiration for his music, but also for his life.