Friday, September 13, 2013

Fusion piano by Malika Omar at Al Fayrooz Lounge

I dropped by Al Fayrooz Lounge in Madinat Jumeirah to enjoy some nice piano music from fusion pianist Malika Omar before an evening show at the nearby Madinat Theatre. It was still too hot for the outdoors, so I relaxed under hypnotic conical ceiling fans, sipping my brew.

Ms Omar's piano pieces are perfect for the atmosphere of the place. Derived from both occidental and oriental inspirations, her pieces shift back and forth between movements, including frequent changes in tempo and melody to keep monotony away. I even thought I heard extracts of Bollywood tunes worked into some of those classical styles. Quite relaxing, really.

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