we bring you New Traditional Music
listen to our album
Alte Liebe – Ancient Love – حب قديم
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you can still enjoy our music in various recordings, such as these live videos.
Consult he individual websites of Wael and Titus for their current activities.
Titus Bellwald is a classically trained percussionist, who has always preferred travelling off the beaten path. From Ancient Music performance dove deep into the waters of mediterranean and oriental hand drum traditions. As a resident at Cité des Arts in Paris he enhanced his drums electronically and later also became a internationally reknown drum maker.">Titus Bellwald - percussion
Joël Banz joined ab3ad in late 2018 and his awesome fretless bass playing has spiced up our sound a lot. He had switched to the bass after first steps in percussion. He is the low frequency sideman in various bands such as Lyft Trio or SatieRe and with his Duo «Nährwerk» he is pushing the boundaries of electric bass in electronic music.">Joël Banz - bass
Wael Sami Elkholy is an Egyptian singer brought up in the classical Arab musical tradition. From an early age he participated nation wide in theatrical and musical productions and later got popular among a young audience with a Pop album. He then also studied contemporary classical composition and "théâtre musical" in Switzerland and has long left the strictly traditional scene.">Wael Sami Elkholy - voice, oud
A touching, agile voice intwined with lines of an oud floating atop a tissue woven at times tightly, at times loosely by bass and percussion – this is ab3ad. Rooted in classical Arab music the three musicians Wael Sami Elkholy, Emre Aydin and Titus Bellwald elegantly interweave twigs branching towards jazz, pop, contemporary classical music and even ambient into the shapes that their music evokes. Wael's voice seamlessly bridges from sonorous depths to light airy heights, at times driven on by bass and countless colours of percussion, at times opposing them like vigorous opponents. Thereby ab3ad creates a hauntingly intense and deeply spiritual music whose charm is hard to resist.
the first album of ab3ad (feat. Björn Meyer on Bass)
With "Alte Liebe – Ancient Love – حب قديم" ab3ad honours loves from the past, not so much looking back on lost romance but revisiting people and places with their sounds and perfumes and athmospheres. The music presented on their current CD "ANCIENT LOVE – ALTE LIEBE – حب قدیم" reflects how the memories of these crucial old – and sometimes even ancient – loves shapes our personal present. Each piece tells of important events and periods and how the memories of them sometimes seem to run in seemingly never ending circles within us. But at a closer look these recurring memories change ever so slightly with every revolution they make inside us.