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THE AWISS DANCE – FOR SOLO BASS FLUTE
The world premiere performance was given on April 16, 2021, at West Virginia University’s Bloch Hall by Dustin White.
The Piece is included in the “RI Ra” album after winning the call for score by Dustin White for his album project.
“The Awiss Dance” Opus 13A, is a piece for solo bass flute, based on the traditional ancient Arabic rhythm called “Al Awiss”, consists of an 11/8 meter that gives the music a moving forward feeling, combined with one of the most expressive Arabic scales (Maqamat) called “Saba.
The piece used the bass flute as a melodic instrument to call the ancient Arab world, using some microtonal elements that come from the nature of Arabic maqam music and also used as a percussion instrument to introduce the Awiss rhythm and the camel dance spirit.
Starting with a “Mawwal”- a group of small improvised melodic phrases that Arabic singers used to start with it their performances – in which we can hear the flutist sing on the instrument while playing it. Then, moving along to introduce the rhythmic elements using some of the most percussive techniques on flute, and gradually adding the melodic elements, first with half sound half air (resembling the Arabic old instrument “Shabbaba” that is well known for its very breathy sound), then with full sound, in addition to the clear rhythmic accent that keeps the “Awiss” pulse alive.
- Release of « A tribute to Wadeeh El Safi » for solo piano, with pianist Chantal Francis Menassa
- Recording of « The Khosh Rank Dance » – Opus 13B – for Solo Cello, with Cellist Jana Semaan
- Recording of « The Mouraba’ Dance » – Opus 13C – for Solo Viola, with Violist Noemi Chemali
- Recording of the piece « A tune for Amer’s Horn » – Opus 10 – with Amr Slim on french horn, Makram Bou l Hosn on double bass, and Seba Ali on piano
Music – Wajdi Abou Diab Lyrics – Shadi Sawan Vocal performance – Ahmad El Kheir Piano – Liana Haratyunyan Violin – Mario Rahi Viola – Charbel Bou Antoun Cello – Jana Semaan Supervision and editing – Scarlett Saad Videography – Joe El Hajj Recording engineer – Rami Ouzoun Mixing and mastering – William Mahfoud SoundContinue reading “A CRY FROM THE FROZEN POLE – صرخة من القطب المتجمّد”
A new album for solo piano by the Lebanese-Italian pianist Ramzi Hakim, and the Lebanese composer Wajdi Abou Diab.
The album is a collection of the most famous Arabic songs, arranged for piano solo.
After receiving an invitation from the Chicago based pianist/ bassoonist/ composer Angela Salvaggionne to give a workshop about Arabic music, and meet her students, a workshop with the Lebanese composer Wajdi Abou Diab was hold via ZOOM on 30 January 2021.
This book is a collection of the most famous Arabic folk songs, chosen from all the Arabic region, including tunes from Lebanon, Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Algeria, Tunisia, Irak and more, arranged for solo piano by the Lebanese pianist and composer Wajdi Abou Diab.
Four Pieces from my composition list – that happened to be opus 1, 2, 3 and 4 – chosen for this album, inspired by the Arabic traditional music, melodies, rhythms, dances and folklore, and developed in a contemporary unique way, to reflect the contradictions, traditions, and conflicts of our societies.
Chosen pieces from the wide Arabic classical repertoire, in addition to some works of contemporary Lebanese composers, arranged for solo instrument and piano, by the lebanese composer Wajdi Abou Diab, with transposed/ arranged parts
- Samme’na Shi Mna’erfou (سمّعنا شي منعرفه)
- Chicago Arabic Music Workshop
- DABKET EL 2020
- تفاعيل: في ايقاع الشعر العربي
- عن مبادرة التعليم الموسيقي عن بعد المجانية
- Music for Story Performance
- “Majnoun Layla” suite
- Warm-up Chorales for orchestra
- Lunigiana International Music Festival COMPOSITION COMPETITION 2020
- Scales and Arpeggios for piano
- Arabic Folk Tunes for Solo piano
- موسيقى الصّور الشّمسيّة
- The Lebanese National Anthem
- Tyre International festival 2017 with composer Jamal A. Hosn
- Projects with the Composer Nabil Jaafar
- Works for Recorder
- A Tribute to Zaki Nassif
- Dances for an asymmetrical world
- Projects with the Oud player Abbas Kassamany
- Our Special Quarantine
- Ya Hnayena
- “From Far Away”
- Longa and Samai’ – with Piano Accompaniment
- World Music online course