Beirut Contemporary Ensemble

Beirut Contemporary ensemble is a group of Lebanese professional musicians, founded by the Lebanese composer Wajdi Abou Diab in order to present a new style of contemporary Arabic music and expand the repertoire of new music by Arabic contemporary music composers.
The instrumentation of the group is flexible, and we invite regularly more musicians passionate about contemporary music, in order to be able to perform any chamber music piece presented to the group.
The group premiered and recorded many contemporary pieces by Lebanese composers, and is always enjoying working with living composers and supporting the youth generation of contemporary music composers.


Meet our members

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Wajdi Abou Diab
Founder, Composer, Artist director
Zeinab Mawassi
stage manager, assistant director, videographer
Lara JoKhadar
Soprano
Farid Rahme
Recorder Player
Betty Salkhanian Kourtian
Pianist
Fady Jeanbart
Baritone
Christelle Njeim
Percussionist

Past concerts

Beirut Contemporary Ensemble performed as a part of FIMU 2022 in Belfort – France, featuring vocal works by composer Wajdi Abou Diab – Belfort, France.

CONCERTS

  • FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2022, 21:30 – ATRIA AUDITORIUM
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2022, 14:45 – CATHEDRALE
  • SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2022, 17:15 – CATHEDRALE

Beirut Contemporary Ensemble performed as a part of Musicales du Liban, 2022 in Paris – France, featuring vocal works by composer Wajdi Abou Diab, on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 20:45 at CATHEDRALE NOTRE-DAME DU LIBAN.

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Beirut Contemporary Ensemble’s past projects

دعوة موت الى العشاء
Da’watou Mawten ‘Ila l ‘asha’ (دعوة موت الى العشاء)

This album consists of six Lieder for soprano and piano, which delve into the human conscience and its questions about death and life, and the extent of our courage to accept the idea of ​​death and confront it.
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Taqassim (تقاسيم) for recorder family and harpsichord

Taqassim “تقاسيم” is a suite of 6 miniature pieces for the recorder family (and harpsichord). Each piece is written for an instrument and is based on an Arabic scale or/and rhythm. The pieces reflect the spirit of the Arabic folk tune and folk dance.
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Taqassim (تقاسيم) for recorder family and harpsichord

Beirut Contemporary Ensemble in the press

Les Musicales du Liban clôturent en beauté l’édition du printemps à Paris – L’orient Le Jour – June 21, 2022
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4e édition des Musicales du Liban à Paris – L’orient Le Jour – June 6, 2022
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