(PRWEB) October 30, 2004
Forward Music is an offshoot of Forward Productions s.a.r.l. It was established in 2004 by Carol Mansour and Ghazi Abdel Baki as a music label that pools together the cooperative efforts of young Lebanese artists. It aims to encourage new and creative trends in the musical arts, blending the various cultural currents that meet and interact in the country in new fusions and fresh perspectives. It hopes to draw on the rich musical past of the Arab world and the array of contemporary influences to find new musical dialects. Forward Music is committed to making an authentic contribution to our ever-changing culture and to the growing global dialogue of World Music
The labelÂs first three projects are:
Ghazi Abdel Baki ÂCommuniquÃ© #1Â, Paul Salem ÂMadinatunaÂ, and Ziyad Sahhab ÂOuyoun El BakarÂ.
Those three albums were released with the launching of the Label at Virgin Mega Store on the 17th of August 2004. The artists were present for the signing of their albums amidst a crowd of about 800 people. The sales of the albums during that night were among the highest sales produced in a signing, according to Virgin Megastore officials.
A video clip was produced for each artist and is in the process of being delivered to major satellite TVs in Lebanon and in the Arab World.
Ghazi Abdel Baki ÂCommuniquÃ© #1Â:
Ghazi Abdel Baki: Is a musician/composer/producer.
He's been playing Live since 1986 (drums, percussions and guitars.). He was part of many bands in Lebanon and in the USA. Ghazi composes music for films and documentaries
He co-recorded and co-released his first album with fellow musician Ramzi Moufarrej (Bare Necessity Crucial, 1994 in New York City) and with the band members of Virus he released his second album (Beirut Salsa, 1999 in Beirut). His third and latest CD is CommuniquÃ©#1.
CommuniquÃ© # 1: (Arabic/Brazilian Fusion)
During the late sixties a new musical style emerged in Lebanon and a departure from traditional Arabic Music gained in momentum. Beirut was transformed in the early seventies into a cradle for interacting cultures and a fertile breeding ground for mixing musical influences and experimentation. With a soundscape that varied from traditional Arabic Music to Psychedelic Rock, a synthesis was born. A musical form that has its roots in traditional Middle Eastern Music but that is strongly influenced by Blues, Jazz, Rock and Bossa Nova. The allegresse that characterizes the Arabic Maqams (modes) found a new home in the melodic minors in which the western form was adopted.
Today forty years later, musicians in this region are still pushing the envelope to create more variations and new contemporary colors. CommuniquÃ© #1 stands out as a lively example of this musical fusion. It is also a tribute to the musicians of Ras Beirut from which Ghazi Baki learned and with whom he plays today.
In CommuniquÃ© # 1 Ghazi Abdel Baki sings the poems of classical Arab poets such as Eliya Abu Madi and modern poets such as Nizar Kabbani in a form that ranges from Bossa Nova, Samba and Reggae to Gypsy folk, Acid Jazz and Rap.
CommuniquÃ© # 1 features:
Ghazi Abdel Baki: Guitars, Drums, Percussions, Voice
Abboud Saadi: Electric Bass
Jack Gregg: Double Bass
Tom Hornig: Alto, Tenor Sax and Flute
Claude Shalhoub: Violins
Samir Siblini: Nay (Middle Eastern Pan Flute)
Ghada Shbeir: Mawal (Voice partition)
Munir Khawli: Hammond Organ (on What for)
Rayess_bek: Rap (on What for)
Loulwa Abdel Baki: Backing Vocals
Paul Salem ÂMadinatunaÂ
Paul Salem: is a musician/composer
Paul has been playing and composing music since the late 1970s. He is a pianist and guitarist and composes music that fuses various elements of Arabic music, jazz, classical, and Brazilian bossa nova. He released his first CD ÂSamaaÂ in 1998.
Madinatuna: (Arabic/Brazilian Fusion)
Madinatuna is a CD about the city. Our city. Beirut. It encapsulates the richness and variety of the voices that interact within it. It is an expression of the energy and dynamism that characterize the city; the congruencies and contradictions; the harmonies and dissonances. The compositions in Madinatuna are as varied as the city from which it sprung, with influences as diverse as bossa nova, jazz, lounge, and Arabic music, expressing an equally wide array of emotions.
Paul Salem: Piano, Guitars and Vocals
Abboud Saadi: Bass
Fouad Afra: Drums and percussions
Ali Khatib: Arabic Percussions and Bouzok
Samir Siblini: Nay
Charbel Rouhana: Oud
Sherman Irby: Alto Sax
Tom Hornig: Alto Sax
Zilke Pfeifer: Vocals
Jack Gregg: Double Bass
Walid Tawil: Drums (on Bazarkan)
Claude Shalhoub: Violin
Ziyad Sahhab Â ÂOuyoun El BakarÂ
Ziyad Sahhab: Is a Musician/Composer.
He started playing the Oud when he was seven years old in 1989. He became a fellow and band member in the ÂBeirut Ensemble for Arabic MusicÂ in 1993. At the age of fifteen he played solo at the memorial of Abdel Halim Hafiz at the Opera House in Egypt. He founded in 2002 the band: Shahhadeen Ya BaladnaÂ.
Ziyad composed music for plays such as ÂMarcheÂ, by Issam Bou Khaled Âwaiting for GodoÂ by Roger Assaf and films such as ÂAlive in LimboÂ
ÂOuyoun El Bakar: (Arabic Music/Tarab/Oud)
For his first release Ziyad chose not to be accompanied by his band as a Âcontre-pointÂ in this era where arrangements and decorations precede and take over the actual compositions - hence eclipsing the real substance of musical works. In ÂOuyoun El Bakar, Ziyad strips down his compositions to the bare minimum and focuses on the authentic natural mood: He plays the Oud, sings and is accompanied by light Arabic percussions.
In ÂOuyoun El Bakar, Ziyad sings the lyrics of Egyptian Poet Salah Jaheen and some of his own poetry.
Ouyoun El Bakar features:
Ziyad Sahhab: Oud, Vocals
Ahmad Khatib: Rik, Katem
CONTACT : CAROL MANSOUR
(email: email@example.com Tel:+961.3.420432)
GHAZI ABDEL BAKI (email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel:+961.3.707222)
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