Music from Lebanon / the US – Joseph Eid

Originally born in Liberia, Joseph Eid grew up in the suburbs of New York.  He was raised in a strict and traditional home where the arts were only supported as a hobbie and never a career.  So when it was time for college, he studied psychology and pre-med but all the while, he was always dreaming about a career in music.  After his first semester in Medical school, the dream got too big to hold and Joseph made the bold choice of dropping out and moving to New York City to pursue music.  He joined a band, picked up a guitar, and the songs poured out like rain.  His journey led him to Los Angeles in 2007 where he started playing regularly at open mikes and showcases.  Shortly after, he began working with world-renowned guitarist/songwriter David Lamar, honing his songwriting at weekly showcases at the Stone Bar, leading the prolific singer/songwriter to write over 30 new songs as well as record his Debut EP Cardiac Output (josepheidmusic.com).

The result of his work is his first released studio album ‘Human’ on november 19th. Listen to his first single “Ready Now”, an amazing piece, where Eid is playing with the rythm and a lush instrumentation. Also a really good video!

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Music from Lebanon – Fasateen

From their Facebook Page : Born of a nocturnal encounter at the American University of Beirut in 2008, Mashrou’ Leila is a six-member band that fuses the craftiness of a music workshop with the punch of stadium rock. With their distinct approach to storytelling and orchestration, they have crafted some of the most melancholic ballads and raucous anthems in contemporary alternative Arabic music, and went on to perform them live at sold-out venues in Lebanon, Cairo, Amman, Istanbul, Dubai, Tunis, Paris, Amsterdam, Montreal, Geneva, Serbia and international festivals such as Byblos, Baalbeck, BabelMed, Paleo and Exit.

Their eponymous debut album and the 7al Romacy EP unfold like cinematographic fictions starring lovesick characters in desolate motels or wandering insomniacs in ghostly cities. At times quirky and playful, at others bitter and somber, the songs demonstrate the band’s great versatility in dealing with musical form, narrative, and social issues.

Their third album, recorded at Hotel2Tango Studios in Montreal will be released in 2013.

Here is their song – Mashrou Leila

Music from Lebanon – Ara Malikian

Ara Malikian is one of my favorites violinists. He is a “genius”of music, gave his first concert at the age of 12 and when he was 14 he was invited to study in Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover in Berlin. Listen to “Aires Armenios”.

He  also has  a project along with three more musicians “Pagagnini”, which is a funny musical show. Listen to ” Canon in D”.

Music from Lebanon – Rabih Abou-Khalil

Rabih Abou-Khalil, born in 1957, is a libanese oud player and jazz and world music musician. Here’s his nice song “No Mar Das Tuas Pernas”: