Projects with the Composer Nabil Jaafar

Two projects gathered the two Lebanese composers Nabil Jaafar and Wajdi Abou Diab. Two pieces for piano, composed by Nabil Jaafar during his study in The Komitas state Conservatory in Yerevan, was orchestrated for Orchestra by Wajdi Abou Diab. The first piece called “Dabkeh”, after orchestrated by Wajdi Abou Diab, was performed by the LebaneseContinue reading “Projects with the Composer Nabil Jaafar”

Works for Recorder

Two opus by Wajdi Abou Diab, dedicated to this amazing beautiful instrument! Opus 1 Takassim “تقاسيم” is a suite of 6 miniature pieces for the recorder family (and harpsichord) which may be played together or separately. Each piece is written for an instrument and is based on an Arabic scale or/and rhythm. The pieces reflectContinue reading “Works for Recorder”

A Tribute to Zaki Nassif

Zaki Nassif was a Lebanese song writers and singer. He was influential among the first generation of composers for the mass audience for music on radio in Lebanon in the 1940s and 1950s, and continued to be a force in Lebanese music until his death in 2004. His compositions continue to be performed in LebanonContinue reading “A Tribute to Zaki Nassif”

Dances for an asymmetrical world

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.Our world is full of contrastContinue reading “Dances for an asymmetrical world”

Projects with the Oud player Abbas Kassamany

The first project between the Lebanese composer Wajdi Abou Diab and the Oud player Abbas Kassamany was the album “Irtihal”, include 7 pieces composed by Abass and arranged by Wajdi, one piece composed and arranged by Wajdi, and two oud improvisation (Takassim) The following projects where performed by the Lebanese oriental orchestra conducted by theContinue reading “Projects with the Oud player Abbas Kassamany”

Our Special Quarantine

Happy to share with you 3 of my arrangements for the great Zaki Nassif, and Melhem Barakat, in a special tribute to Lebanon! Recorded during the quarantine by three youth ensembles, “The Arabic Ensemble of the AUB Zaki Nassif Program”, the “I.P.S.M ( أوركسترا و جوقة المتن – معهد مار مخايل الإحترافي للفنون)”, and theContinue reading “Our Special Quarantine”

Longa and Samai’ – with Piano Accompaniment

This book aims to put some pieces from the classical Arabic repertoire in a form that can be presented in any classical chamber music concert along with the occidental repertoire, willing to give the Arabic music the opportunity to be performed more often by any professional musician, regardless his musical background and languages, and toContinue reading “Longa and Samai’ – with Piano Accompaniment”

World Music online course

For those interested in discovering the music and culture of Ancient civilizations, Check out my new course “World Music”No musical knowledge required, for all ages (above 12)Course details:16 sessions, 2 sessions/week, 90 min/session, flexible timeGroup or individual classes are availableCourse given via zoom Course topicsPart one: Far East1- China2- Japan3- Indonesia4- IndiaPart two1- Africa2- NativeContinue reading “World Music online course”