The Leftovers started as two formal bands of students and visiting students in KAUST, Grape Apes and Rusty Notes. Three remaining members of these bands have come together for an evening of jazz. Let Amoudi, Balawi and Steve take you to the golden era of jazz with classic songs of the 20th century.
This concert is part of our Jazz Festival, featuring three days of live bands and jazz films.
This event is brought to you by the Office of Enrichment Programs in collaboration with Graduate Affairs and the Arts Office.
Abdullah Al Amoudi
Abdullah Al-Amoudi is a member of 'The Leftovers'.
Brought up in a family devoted to the arts – a painter for a father, several uncles that are oud players, and an aunt that is quite the celebrity in the Middle East- Amoudi embarked on music at the age of sixteen. Early on he was influenced by the Arab Classics, citing Oum Kulthoum as the single greatest influence.
Not long ago, Amoudi made the jump in Blues, Jazz, R&B and other genres, performing in and out of campus in different bands and different styles.
Ahmed Hesham M. Balawi
Ahmed Balawi is a member of 'The Leftovers'.
All it took was a VCR taping of an Eagles' concert and Don felder's killer solo in Hotel California to hook 15-year-old Ahmed to the guitar. From that moment on he spent hours everyday on a rusty guitar in his parents' basement learning that one solo.
In time he built a repertoire of rock classics and other influences started to join in: Tonino Baliardo and the Gipsy Kings opened his eyes to Balawi to Flamenco, and he experimented with the blues, jazz and other styles.
Steve Petruzza is a member of 'The Leftovers'.
A native Italian, Steve started his musical discovery as a self-taught pianist and guitarist. He played with several local bands performing different genres from pop to 70’s rock to jazz ending up as a saxophonist by experiment.
Steve is a visiting student from University of Utah in the Extreme Computing Research Center of KAUST and collects Saudi stamps.
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