The video of “و أين أختبئ إذاً؟” by Fayha Choir (Lebanon)

The video of the premiere of “و أين أختبئ إذاً؟” (Wa ayna akthabi’ou? – translated “And where can I run away to?”) for a capella mixed choir by the Fayha Choir conducted by Barkev Taslakian on the 21st of December 2018 in Balamand University, Tripoli/Lebanon. This piece is one of the compositions I wrote where polyphonic choral writing meets Arabic music.

“Discordes & Amitiés” for orchestra

When it comes to orchestral music, especially amateur music entities like for instance wind orchestras or brass bands, the music is very often both extremely conservative and very difficult. In my opinion, this does not make any sense and I therefore decided to do exactly the opposite: a flexible and easy-to-perform composition that sounds like today. On the one hand, “Discordes & Amitiés” is written as a flexible orchestration and is exempt of any superfluous technical difficulty to let the performers concentrate on the only things that matters: the quality of the music. On the other hand, it is written in a very free tonal language, takes a lot from middle-east music and explores the possibilities of group improvisation. This is the recording of the premiere which occurred on the 11th of may 2019 during a residency in France, involving four local orchestras.

Four-months residency in France to collaborate with choirs, brass bands and schools

Between the 29th of January and the 17th of May 2019, I will stay in the north of France (Pas-de-Calais) for a residency/mission as a composer and conductor that involves among others: start and conduct a temporary female choir singing my music, melt the 4 local orchestras into a meta-orchestra for the premiere of a composition I shall compose for them, a global cooperation with local mixed choirs, composition and improvisation workshops in music schools and primary schools, various improvisation concerts playing the guitar, the synthesizer or local organs.

In Lebanon with the Fayha Choir

After Cyprus and a joyful collaboration with Vicky Anastasiou and the ladies of the Amalgamation Choir, my trip in the East continues in Lebanon with Maestro Barkev Taslakian and the Fayha Choir. The mission remains the same: to celebrate the voices of the Middle East and look for new ways to revitalise the western choir music which I find too often desperately conservative.

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In Cyprus with the Amalgamation Choir

Today is the day, I am leaving Berlin for a long trip in the Middle East where I will collaborate with different a capella choirs within the frame of a composition and research project supported by the Goethe Institute. First stop: Cyprus with the female choir Amalgamation conducted by Vicky Anastasiou. Wish me bon voyage!

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