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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


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.

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[Co-Founder & Member of the Management Board]

Akram Rayess is a researcher in Ethnomusicology and a management consultant with interest in cultural development, music of the Levant, music theatre and documentation. He is a founding member of the Foundation for Arab Music Archiving and Research (AMAR) and a Steering Committee member of the Modern Heritage Observatory (MoHO). He has organized an interdisciplinary conference on the joint works of Fairuz and Ziad Rahbani (Anis Makdasi Program for Literature at the American University in Beirut, 2006). Publications: Dossier on Ziad Rahbani, Adab Magazine, 11-12/2009 and 1-2/2010 (Editor, Researcher), Selected Papers of Zaki Nassif, AUB Press, 2014 (Co-editor).
Adolphe Tyan


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

Corinne Blanc

[AMAR Representative in France]

Administrator for nonprofit performing arts organizations (storytelling / theatre / puppet shows). Project manager at FNAC cultural and communication department (FNAC is the leading French retail chain selling cultural and electronic products). Master degree in administration of cultural projects. 18 years’ experience.

Naji Zahar



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”.

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[Sound Engineer]

Camille FEGHALI (1994), Lebanese, studied Cinematography, specializing in Music Production, at Saint-Joseph University – Beirut, and trained in Sound Engineering Techniques supervised by his teacher Engineer John Gebran whom he worked with in several concerts. He is a Founding Member of the TaraBeat Ensemble whose music is a fusion of Electronic Music and Arab Music. He produced a Documentary, “Transit”, that was screened in numerous festivals in Beirut. He also composed the music for several commercial and cinematic projects, and his works include composing and recording the music for the opening of the MIM Museum in Beirut. Camille Feghali is studying Nay at the Antonine School of Music under Dr. Bahaa Arbid. In 2017, he worked as Sound Engineer at AMAR (Foundation for Arab Music Archiving & Research).

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[Sound Engineer]

Munzer EL-HASHEM (1993), Lebanese, grew up in Kuwait then moved to Lebanon where he studied Cinematography, specializing in Sound Engineering, at Saint-Joseph University – Beirut. He trained in Sound Technology supervised by his teacher Engineer John Gebran whom he worked with in several concerts. He was responsible for Sound Recording and Sound Engineering in a number of films and worked as Sound Engineer in numerous concerts including some of the Ensemble for Contemporary Classical Arabic Music ASIL’a concerts. In 2015, he worked as Sound Engineer at AMAR (Foundation for Arab Music Archiving & Research) under the supervision of Mustafa Said. Added to Sound Recording and Sound Engineering, he is a prominent professional in Sound Cleaning as well as in Restoring broken records.

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Salwa KHALIL (1989), Palestinian, has a Degree in Media Studies and Political Science from the Modern University College – Ramallah. She is studying Oriental Music Science at the Higher Institute of Music of the Antonine University in Baabda – Lebanon, as well as Oud and the Principles of Arab Oriental Singing with Mustafa Said. She studied 4 years at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music where she joined the Conservatory’s Orchestra in Ramallah. She sang in numerous local and international concerts and music festivals. From 2008 to 2015, she participated as an actress and singer in the Popular Theatre in Ramallah and participated in several theatre productions. She also sang at numerous evenings with the ASIL Ensemble for Contemporary Classical Arabic Music. In 2016, Salwa Khalil joined the Foundation for Arab Music Archiving & Research AMAR’s team to train in Archiving and Digitizing the Arab Musical Heritage whether recorded or written both to benefit and to benefit from the experience of the Foundation in this field.

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