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AMAR Leading Team

Kamal Kassar

[Founder & President]

He specialized in Lebanese and French laws at the USJ, where he graduated in 1971, and pursued his career as a lawyer. Since his early years, he attended the Lebanese Conservatory and took classes in western Classical music, and he learned to play the flute. He composed the music for 2 of Jalal Khoury’s plays: “al Rafiq Sej’an” 1976 and “Hindiyeh” 2001. In 1982 he wrote the dialogues and co-wrote the scenario of “Les petites Guerres” a film by Maroun Bagdadi. The highlight of his journey as a music explorer, was the acquisition, in 2009, of the Annani Arab Music Collection (the largest music archives in Egypt), and the ensuing creation of AMAR, the foundation for the Archiving and Research in Arab Music.

Mustafa Said

[Director]

Cairo 1983, Musician and musicologist, Founder of Asil Ensemble for Arab Classical Contemporary music in 2003. Director of Arab Music Archiving and Research (AMAR), Lebanon 2010. Teacher at the High Institute of Music, Antonine University, Lebanon, 2006. Teacher at the Arab Oud House (Bait El-Oud Al-Arabi), Cairo 2004. He has two Albums as well as sharing in several recordings, put music to several works for theater as well as documentary films, participated in several conferences, music workshops, festivals and venues both locally and internationally as lecturer, teacher, soloist performer or with ensembles.

Fadi Yeni Turk

[Vice-President & Member of the Management Board]

Fadi Yeni Turk is a director/cameraman born and raised in Lebanon, to his credits two feature documentaries, “Layn” and “Tonight’s film”, as well as a number of short films “When the War sank in”, “Demo”, “Sham el Hawa”… He was commissioned on several documentaries and reportages for international TV stations and Organisations.

Frédéric Lagrange

[Co-Founder & Member of the Management Board]

Frédéric Lagrange is currently Lecturer HDR and Director of the Department of Arab and Hebrew Studies at the University of Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV). He has written and published numerous articles and studies including: “Reflections on a few recordings of Koranic chant in Egypt (from the era of 78 rpm to the modern era)” (2009, in French); “The dialectal poetry and songs” History of Modern Arabic Literature, Volume 1 (1800-1945) (2007), in French; “Researches on the pleasures in the medieval and contemporary Arab societies: music, language, sexuality” (2007), in French; “When Egypt was sung, taqtuqa and light songs in the early twentieth century” (2001), in French; “Musicians and poets in Egypt during the time of the Nahda” (doctorate, 1997), in French. He is the author of two books: “Music of Egypt” (1996) and “Islam of prohibitions, Islam of pleasures” (2008), both in French. He has also edited numerous booklets and CDs in the framework of the Arab Music Archives collection.

Akram RayessAkram Rayess

[Co-Founder & Member of the Management Board]

Akram Rayess is a researcher in Ethnomusicology, a management consultant and trainer. He is a founding member of the Foundation for Arab Music Archiving and Research (AMAR) and a Core Committee member of the Zaki Nassif Music Program at the American University in Beirut (AUB). He organized a three day interdisciplinary conference on the joint works of Fairuz and Ziad Rahbaniwithin the framework of the Anis Makdasi Program for Literature at the American university in Beirut (AMPL) in 2006 and initiated and edited a dossier on Ziad Rahbani published over two editions of Al-Adab magazine in 2009 and 2010. His research interests include music and religion, music and technology music in the Levant, and documentation.

Adolphe Tyan

[Co-Founder]

Barrister at the Court of Beirut
Law degree 1971
Post-graduate degree in Private Law 1981
Co-founder of AMAR foundation

Farid Merabet

[Chief Communications Officer – Europe]

Ten years of professional of activities in Culture, Music, and Media Production. Head of development and foreign affairs AFRIK.COM GROUP (Afrik.com, Afrik.TV Agency, Afrik-foot.com, …).

Naji Zahar

[Media & Operations]

 

Houda Ghoussoub Kassar

Houda studied at the “Ecole Normale Superieure” in the Lebanese University of Beirut and had a Master degree in French Literature. She taught for several years in public School. She wrote three Novels that were published in French: “Lezarde”, “Houriya” and “Tranches de Plage”, the first two were published in Arabic under “Assira al Mashtura” and “Huriya”.

Usama Abd al-Fattah

[Sound Engineer]

Usama Abd al-Fattah is a Lebanese musician born in Akkar – North Lebanon who started his musical learning at the “Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music” in 1998. He holds a Master’s degree in Music Education from the “Lebanese University” (2005) and a Bachelor’s degree in Traditional Oriental Arab ‘ūd Playing from the “Higher Institute of Music – Antonine University” (2007). Usama Abd al-Fattah launched his musical activity in 2003 by co-founding the “Arab Musical Heritage Ensemble” with his schoolfellows. He gave many concerts with “André Hajj’s ‘ūd Quartet” in Beirut and has played in some of the works of the “Asil Ensemble for Arab Classical Contemporary Music” since 2007. Usama has given several concerts across France since 2010 with the “Nahas Project Grand Ensemble” and its founder, diatonic button accordion player Sebastien Bertrand, and did many workshops on ‘ūd and Arab Traditional Music. His repertoire includes a number of traditional and contemporary ‘ūd pieces that he performs in his solo concerts. Today, he is resuming his musical learning through his work as a Documentalist / Archivist and Sound Engineer at AMAR.

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