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THE UNSQUARE SUITE
Published on 17 September, 2021
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BEL AFRAH | FRENCH HORN TRIO | بالافراح
Published on 8 September, 2021
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Tribute to Wadih El Safi
Published on 13 August, 2021
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Puccini International Opera Composition Course 2021
Published on 8 August, 2021
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THE SIKAH DANCE for solo flute | رقصة السيكاه
Published on 18 June، 2021
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OPERA WORLD, here I come!
Published on 18 June، 2021
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THE KHOSH RANK DANCE | رقصة الخوش رنك
Published on 12 June، 2021
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THE AWISS DANCE | رقصة العويص
Published on 19 May، 2021
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SAMA’I WAJDI | سماعي وجدي
Published on 19 May، 2021
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A CRY FROM THE FROZEN POLE | صرخة من القطب المتجمّد
Published on 17 May، 2021
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Samme’na Shi Mna’erfou |سمّعنا شي منعرفه
Published on 14 March، 2021
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Chicago Arabic Music Workshop
Published on 4 February، 2021
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DABKET EL 2020
Published on 3 February، 2021
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تفاعيل: في ايقاع الشعر العربي
Published on 18 December، 2020
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عن مبادرة التعليم الموسيقي عن بعد المجانية
Published on 13 November، 2020
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Music for Story Performance
Published on 21 October، 2020
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“Majnoun Layla” suite
Published on 7 September، 2020
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Warm-up Chorales for orchestra
Published on 19 August، 2020
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Lunigiana International Music Festival COMPOSITION COMPETITION 2020
Published on 10 August، 2020
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Scales and Arpeggios for piano
Published on 11 July، 2020
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Arabic Folk Tunes for Solo piano
Published on 11 July، 2020
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موسيقى الصّور الشّمسيّة
Published on 20 June، 2020
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The Lebanese National Anthem
Published on 12 June، 2020
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Tyre International festival 2017 with composer Jamal A. Hosn
Published on 5 June، 2020
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Projects with the Composer Nabil Jaafar
Published on 5 June، 2020
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Works for Recorder
Published on 31 May، 2020
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A Tribute to Zaki Nassif
Published on 23 May، 2020
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Dances for an asymmetrical world
Published on 23 May، 2020
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Projects with the Oud player Abbas Kassamany
Published on 23 May، 2020
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Our Special Quarantine
Published on 23 May، 2020
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Ya Hnayena
Published on 23 May، 2020
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“From Far Away”
Published on 23 May، 2020
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Longa and Samai’ – with Piano Accompaniment
Published on 23 May، 2020
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World Music online course
Published on 17 May، 2020
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THE UNSQUARE SUITE

The Unsquare Suite is a suite of five pieces for concert band, composed as a reflection for the asymmetrical world that we live in. Based on many Arabic ancient traditional rhythms, the first movement takes a journey on the 11/8 rhythm called “AL AWISS” with a small introduction, then a lyrical theme, followed with a middle section of 9/8 rhythm (Aqsaq), and back to call the first theme to round up. The second movement is based on the rhythm “Dawr Hendi” of 7/8 meter and has an energetic feeling, featuring a solo for the horns in the middle section. The third movement features a flute choir creating an extraterrestrial mood and functions as an introduction to the fourth movement. The fourth movement starts with an exposition of the theme in 4/4, then turns to the 5/4 rhythm featuring a solo French Horn, then develops the theme through the end of the movement. The fifth and last movement starts with a slow introduction calling an echo from the first movement theme, then takes us on a trip into the Arabic world with an oriental mood theme of 7/8 rhythm that continues to develop until the end, culminating in a Maestoso Coda.

AVAILABLE NOW THROUGHT M&M Music Press, LLC
Wajdi Abou Diab’s “The Unsquare Suite” (4.5) is a suite of five pieces for concert band, composed as a reflection for the asymmetrical world that we live in.
As is hinted in the title, “The Unsquare Suite” makes use of asymmetrical time signatures – many of which are base on Arabic ancient traditional rhythms.
Listen to the full piece and view a perusal score here: www.mmmusicpress.com/the-unsquare-suite

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BEL AFRAH | FRENCH HORN TRIO | بالافراح

BEL AFRAH | FRENCH HORN TRIO | SCORE VIDEO | WAJDI ABOU DIAB | وجدي ابوذياب | بالافراح

Composed By Wajdi Abou Diab
French Horn: Amr Selim
Piano: Seba Ali
Violin: Mario Rahi
Recorded, mixed, and mastered at redbouth studio

“BEL AFRAH” (بالأفراح) – opus 11B for French Horn, Violin, and Piano.
This Trio is the second in the Opus 11, inspired by the Arabic wedding tradition, and a folk tune that used to be sung during these events. in this trio, the French Horn, as a soloist, plays as an Arabic instrument, in a clear oriental mood, including the three-quarter tone from the Arabic Maqam world, and adding the accent following the rhythm used, which is the “ZAFFA” rhythm. the ambiance in the piece turns gradually from a peaceful memorial mood to a messy anxious one, with a long progression in elements, dynamics, and tension, to round it up with a memory from the introduction, resembling the emotional state that the family passes through during the long days of the wedding.

Tribute to Wadih El Safi

The tribute full video

A special tribute to the great Lebanese singer and songwriter WADIH EL SAFI, With our special guest Dr Elia Francis El Safi (Wadeeh El Safi brother) talking about Wadeeh’s life and music, and a selection of Wadih’s immortal melodies (Mawwal Lebnan ya ot’it sama, Ya bou l Marjaleh, Mawwal Walaw) arranged for piano by the Lebanese composer Wajdi Abou Diab and performed by Pianist Chantal Francis Menassa.

Arranged for solo piano by Wajdi Abou Diab
Performed by Chantal Francis Menassa
Special guest General Dr. Elia Francis El Safi
Recorded and mastered by Charbel Barq
Filmed and video editing by IAM production
Translated to English by Mariebelle Francis Naffah
Special thanks to Theatre Habchieh Ghazir and Ghazir municipality

Wadih El Safi rare photos
Chantal Francis El Safi plays El Safi/Abou Diab piano medley

The tribute in the Press

7-8-2021 | MTV | Alive | وجدي ابوذياب | شنتال فرنسيس الصافي
6-8-2021 | MARIAM TV | وجدي ابوذياب | شنتال فرنسيس الصافي | عالموعد
13-8-2021 | كلام تربوي | وجدي ابوذياب | شنتال فرنسيس الصافي | صوت كل لبنان

Puccini International Opera Composition Course 2021

After the participation in Lunigiana International Music Festival COMPOSITION COMPETITION 2020 , my piece “A CRY FROM THE FROZEN POLE” won a scholarship to attend the Puccini International Opera Composition Course 2021, that took place in Lucca-Italy, for 12 days from July 19th to 31th.

Attendance certificate


The PUCCINI International Opera Composition Course is a course addressed to composers willing to investigate thoroughly all compositional techniques in use in opera writing today, focusing both on the Italian tradition and on the genre’s contemporary international developments.
The course’s aim is to hand down the great opera tradition, having as a target the creation of new operas, bridging the past and the future in a new and enthralling vision.
and for me, that was the perfect introduction to the opera world!

COURSE PRESENTED BY
PUCCINI International Opera Composition Course
Cluster – Compositori interpreti del presente

WITH THE PATRONAGE OF
MIUR – Ufficio Scolastico IX di Lucca e Massa Carrara

IN COLLABORATION WITH
Fondazione Franco Zeffirelli
Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca
Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lucca
Teatro del Giglio di Lucca
EMA Vinci Produzioni discografiche, editoriali ed artistiche

MEDIA PARTNER
Ecce Musica – Magazine

GUESTS ARTISTS

Alessandro Solbiati (Composer and Composition Teacher of the ‘Conservatorio G. Verdi’, Milan)
Massimo Luconi (Stage Director)

TEACHERS

Girolamo Deraco (Composer, Contemporary Opera Stage Director, Principal Teacher and Artistic Director of the PUCCINI International Opera Composition Course)
Maria Elena Romanazzi (Soprano, Performer)
Luigi Esposito (Composer, Visual artist, Sound designer, Performer pianist, Writer)
Antonio Agostini (Composer, Guitarist)
Stefano Teani (Composer, Conductor, Performer pianist)
Gabriele Micheli (Librettist, Conductor, Pianist)
Giuseppe Nicolò (Gramophones Collector, TV Presenter, Writer and Librettist)

Through out two weeks attending this course, I was pleased to meet all these amazing composers, musicians and stage directors who shared with us (me and other five composers from all around the globe) their experiences in composing,  writing, directing, and producing operas, and helped us work on our Chamber Opera compositions.
The course included several master classes on different topics related to the Opera world, starting by analyzing and discovering “The yellow sound” opera by Maestro Allessandro Solbiati, then a masterclass about “Libretto” by Librettist Grabriele Micheli, followed by a masterclass with Carlo Centolavigna about “Set Design”, and more masterclasses on “Graphic notation” by Maestro  Luigi Esposito, “Opera analysis” by Antonio Agostini, “opera arias” by Maestro Stefano Teani, “composition of operatic elements” and ” How to finalize an opera project” by Maestro Giralemo Deraco.

During those two weeks, my new chamber opera “The Dream” (inspired by the Greek – Phoenician myth “the kidnap of Oropa” ) took its final shape.

And here is the big news!

My chamber opera “The Dream” will be premiered at the Puccini chamber opera festival in May 2022! And it will be the first Lebanese opera produced in Italy!
A new phase in the Lebanese opera life will begin soon! Stay tuned!

THE SIKAH DANCE for solo flute | رقصة السيكاه

THE SIKAH DANCE | رقصة السيكاه
Opus 23
Composed by Wajdi Abou Diab
Performed by Ramy Maalouf
Recorded at Jihad Zgheib Studio
Mastered by Charbel Bark

“Sikah Dance” is a solo piece for flute, based on the Arabic traditional rhythm “Sama’i Aksak” which is a combination of two rhythms: the Arabic rhythm Sama’i thaqil with 10/8 meter, and the Turkish rhythm Aksak with 9/8 meter. the melodic material is inspired by an Arabic Makam called “Sikah”, which includes many microtonal intervals, and it’s one of the most used Makams in the middle east, especially in folkloric music of Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine (the Arabic Mashreq)

OPERA WORLD, here I come!

I am thrilled to receive an invitation from Cluster to attend the fifth edition of the PUCCINI International Opera Composition Course, that will be held in lucca – Italy from July 18 till august 1, 2021.

“I hereby declare that composer Maestro Wajdi Abou Diab is officially invited to the fifth edition of the PUCCINI International Opera Composition Course. (…)
Maestro Wajdi Abou Diab was selected among many applicants because of his talent and dedication. He will be required to attend private lessons, concerts, seminars and public masterclass. (…)
The course is organized by Cluster – Compositori e Interpreti del Presente in collaboration with: Fondazione Giacomo Puccini, Fondazione Zeffireli, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca, Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lucca, Teatro del Giglio, EMA Vinci Produzioni discografiche (audio- video), editoriali e artistiche.
The course commission composed of Maestro Girolamo Deraco, Artistic Director, and Maestro Francesco Cipriano, President of Cluster, due to the high artistic qualities of his compositions, decided to grant him a scholarship of € 1,250″
The Artistic Director
Maestro Girolamo Deraco

THE KHOSH RANK DANCE – رقصة الخوش رنك

Composed by Wajdi Abou Diab
Performed by Jana Semaan
Recorded at Redbooth Studio

“The Khosh Rank Dance” – Opus 13B, is a piece for solo Cello based on the traditional ancient Arabic rhythm called “Khosh Rank”, which was used in old Arabic tribes to make horses and camels dance by their Arab riders.
The rhythm consists of a 17/8 meter that gives the music a moving forward feeling, combined with one of the most expressive Arabic scales (Maqamat) called “Rast”, which has a serious and steady mood, though suitable sometimes for dance and fast movement.
The piece used the Cello as a melodic instrument to call the ancient Arab old, using some microtonal elements that come from the nature of Arabic maqam music and also used as a percussion instrument to introduce the 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 Cello play freely in ad libitum tempo.
Then, moving along to introduce the rhythmic elements using some of the most percussive techniques on Cello, and gradually adding the melodic elements, alternating between normal and harmonics (resembling the Arabic old instrument “Rababa” that is well known for its very breathy nasal sound), in addition to the clear rhythmic accent that keeps the “Khosh Rank” pulse alive.

THE AWISS DANCE – رقصة العويص

Wajdi Abou Diab – Music and video
Dustin White – 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.

Bringing sonic variety to the album is Wajdi Abou Diab’s The Awiss Dance. Abou Diab writes beautifully for the bass flute, playing to its strengths as both a melodic and percussive instrument. The opening combines short melodies with vocal drone in a Mawaal, a group of improvised phrases common to traditional Arabic performances. The fast-paced rhythmic selections, based on the traditional Arabic rhythm Al Awiss, are riveting. Abou Diab requires the flutist to play numerous techniques in rapid succession, a challenge in coordination and endurance that White tackles with energetic precision.

An excerpt from the review on Dustin White CD “Rira” on the “Flute view magazin

SAMA’I WAJDI – سماعي وجدي

Wajdi Abou Diab – Music & Video
Anna Suhaila – Flute
Ramzi Hakim – Piano

“Sama’i Wajdi” Opus 22, is a piece for Flute and piano based on the traditional Arabic rhythms called “Sama’i Thaqil” of 10/8 meter, and follow the structure of the Arabic classical music form called “Sama’i” (also known as a traditional ottoman form), resembling a rondo form, with the last “Khana” (couplet) has a fast tempo and based on the “Dawr Hendi” rhythm of 7/8 meter.
The piece used the 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 rhythmic pulsation.
After a small piano introduction, the flute plays the ‘Taslim”, or the refrain, then, moving along to explore in the Arabic Makams and modulation, inspired by the Arabic performance technique and the Taqassim.

Interview about the piece

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