Three brothers, three ouds. Samir, Wissam and Adnan Joubran. Their instruments come together like three soloists who form one single voice. In Arab origin, the Oud is considered the king of all instruments, and these brothers play the instrument like no other. With Trio Joubran, virtuosity does not give into demonstration. For these natives of Nazareth who come from a long line of luthiers, it is about the perpetuation of a tradition. A tradition they have also deeply renewed by their innovation on the oud, this solo instrument which has become the voice of their souls, the beating heart of their existence with which they have become one. Always three, together.
A powerful and mesmerizing live act, since 2002, their reputation has continued to grow: from the Olympia in Paris to Carnegie Hall in New York to the United Nations, they have played to sold-out crowds. Accompanied on stage by compatriot and percussionist Youssef Hbeisch, their compositions leave room for their exceptional improvisational talent, and all it takes is just a glance toward the other two for their three voices to quickly become one.
By setting the words of legendary Arabic poet Mahmoud Darwich to music, Trio Joubran also celebrate their country because this is as much about music as it is about Palestine. Listening to Trio Joubran is plunging into the soul of a people. Egypt had Oum Kalthoum. Lebanon has Fayrouz. Palestine now has Trio Joubran.
The Long March, their 6th album, is a landmark for the band and a new landscape in their musical convictions. The album was produced by acclaimed Parisian producer Renaud Letang, who has worked with everyone from Jean-Michel Jarre to Manu Chao to Bjork, at the Studio Ferber in Paris. Trio Joubran teamed up with former Pink Floyd singer and activist Roger Water’s for the track Carry the Earth. The track is dedicated to all those who die for their land but especially to a tragic event when four young cousins were murdered and lost their dreams whilst playing football, as they’d done so many times before, on Gaza Beach. The title of this track is from a poem by the poet Mahmoud Darwish - "the dead who die to carry the earth after the relics are gone”.
Brian Eno who has spent time with the band in the recording studio says “Trio Joubran talents as musicians are complemented by their compassion as human beings. Their longstanding and determined commitment has made them a symbol of Palestinian identity and resistance. Trio Joubran, in its brilliant and fiery exuberance, sends out a message: Palestine is alive.”