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Lebanese Pianist And Composer George Samir Tomb Off To Hollywood

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George Tomb is a 22 year old Civil Engineering students at Balamand and more importantly the youngest composer in Lebanon’s history to have his piece played by the Philharmonic orchestra. George is also preparing a baccalaureate in classical piano under the supervision of Lisa Tutundjian at the National Higher Conservatory of Music and will be participating “in the very selective and competitive Hollywood Music Workshop held under the direction of the celebrated Lilo Bellotto”.

It’s always great to hear about such young Lebanese talents. Best of luck George!

George Samir Tomb, a civil engineering student on his last year at Balamand, will be participating in the very selective and competitive Hollywood Music Workshop held under the direction of the celebrated Lilo Bellotto. As part of the workshop, George will attend private courses in composition and orchestration with Conrad Pope, known for his award-winning soundtracks for such box-office hits as “Harry Potter,” “The Legend of Zorro,” “The Hobbit” and many others.

Member of a family of artists and musicians – his father is the composer Samir Tomb – George is preparing a baccalaureate in classical piano under the supervision of Lisa Tutundjian at the National Higher Conservatory of Music. He has been playing the piano since the age of 4 and composing since he was 6.

Despite his young age, George, 22, has participated in several concerts with the Lebanese vocal group Triorient in Lebanon and abroad, including at the Royal Opera House in Oman. He is already a member of SACEM-Paris and has performed in small auditions at the Juilliard Music School of New York, the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and at El Camino College in Los Angeles, where his collaboration with Joanna Nashef started.

George credits Dr. Nashef with being herself “a sign of hope” who has given him much confidence and furthered the faith in his work already nurtured by his father. He describes “Hope” as a “romantic melody with sudden, broken accords.” Written for the orchestra, “the harmony is kept plain with yet a certain touch of modern character.” [Source]

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Ten Things You Should Know About Lebanese Singer Sabah (Jeanette Gergis Al-Feghali)

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1- She has participated in over 80 movies and over 25 plays.
2- She has produced more than 3000 songs.
3- She was known as “Al Chahroura” because she was from Wadi Chahrour and her uncle who was called “Chahour Al Wadi” .
4- She got married at least 7 times.
5- She performed in the world’s most prestigious halls like L’Olympia in Paris and Sydney Opera House in Sydney.
6- A TV series “Al Shahrourah” based on her childhood and her life’s most significant achievements was produced in 2011 with Sabah’s personal approval.
7- There’s a “Sabah Forever” bag collection made by Sarah’s bag.
8- She’s one of Lebanon’s cultural icons which include Wadih el Safi who passed away last year and Fairouz who turned 79 few days ago.
9- She produced her first song in 1940 and had a six-decade long career.
10- Here’s what Sabah said about death once:

“I’ve been waiting for death for a long time now. I want it. I want to know its secret. I want to know what comes after it. Everyone I’ve playes with, lived with and sang with are gone, what’s left anymore? They’ve even destroyed Lebanon. I’ve got to leave this life.”

I was never a big Sabah fan but I love some of her old songs and cannot but respect an artist who managed to last this long in the entertainment business and be admired by so many around the world. May she RIP.

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Ziad Rahbani Is Leaving Lebanon For Good and Moving To Russia

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I was never a big fan of Ziad Rahbani. I never liked his plays, his jokes or his views. Some of his songs are ok, specially the ones with Joseph Sakr but that’s about it. He said he’s leaving Lebanon for good but I doubt that Ziad is capable of committing to anything as he wasn’t even showing up to his own concerts lately.

PS: Someone should tell Ziad Russia is no longer communist.

Ziad Rahbani, one of Lebanon’s most talented and controversial musical figures, says he will be leaving his country for good and move to Russia where he will join Russia Today (RT) TV. Rahbani made the announcement during an interview with Lebanon’s Al-Jadeed TV Tuesday and said his departure to Russia would be at the end of the month. Rahbani rejected labeling the move as “immigration,” describing it instead as an opportunity not to be missed in terms of joining RT, where he said he would continue to focus on music in a place he said shared his “political views.” The musician said his presence at RT would benefit Lebanon as he would be working with a global media platform that is translated into multiple languages. [Link]

Here’s his last interview with Al Jadeed.

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