Beirut – September 4
On the occasion of the commemoration of Greater Lebanon’s creation’s centennial, and in tribute to the memory of the victims of the disaster of August 4 which devastated Beirut, the MTV television receives on Saturday September 5th, starting at noon (12:15 pm), Fadia Doumani and her friends on the set of the show “Alive” to launch “The Dream of Dreams” a hymn that she composed (lyrics and music), and which will be interpreted by Nadine Nassar (Soprano), Natasha Nassar (Mezzo Soprano), Anthony Ojeil (text singer and pop rock), Thalia Khanafer (Soprano in training, 9 years old).
Fadia will accompany them on Piano and back vocal.
As part of a therapeutic project with the NGO IDRAAC, Fadia collects the dreams of young people suffering from mental illnesses and translates them into her words, figures and music. The title “The Dream of Dreams” will be chosen by the group who adopted this song because it made them happy… Later on, she added paragraphs related to Beirut apocalyptic explosion.
As its name suggests, this hymn brings a real sensation of dream, subtly interspersed with moments of awakening and awareness that invoke the resurrection of Beirut and the rebirth of Lebanon …
Fadia Doumani is a pianist, composer, lyricist, choir singer and Piano teacher. She was born in Tripoli, into a family with many generations of musicians. As a multi-instrumentalist, she acquired music like a mother tongue. She began to delve into the world of Jazz in Beirut, Paris and Dubai. She concurrently worked extensively in Therapeutic Education & Diabetes Care all over the Middle East and North Africa region.
Keeping with her areas of expertise, Fadia started the “Al Madraj” concept in 2016, which uses music as a vector for peace, unity, social development, well-being and thera
She initiated, developed and directed musical projects, as well as thematic concerts, with up to 220 performers on stages mostly in Tripoli (Rachid Karameh International Fair, The Train station, Beit El Fan, Rabita El Sakafieh) . Her music has also been performed in venues such as Casino du Liban, Martyr’s and Al Noor Squares, and other locations across Lebanon and Paris.
A member of the SACEM, Fadia is the engineer of her music from A to Z. Her compositions are diversified in genre, style, target, and purposes. Her repertoire includes educational songs, hymns, figurative music and other themes.
Some of her compositions performed lately: Ma El Thuwar مع الثوّار (With the Revolutionaries) and Baddi iich بدي عيش (I Want to Live), 2019; Yalla Nenchor El Salam (Come on let’s spread Peace), 2017; A Journey into the Mystical World of Sufi Hymns التواصل في عالم المدائح, 2018; Yearly Christmas concerts including Tripoli Chante Noël; PianoDou at the Train Station – Improvisation sur Tous Les Temps; in addition to Street Beat/Nabadoul Hai the one-year project for underprivileged population in Tripoli.
Lebanese soprano, Nadine Nassar is actually based between Poland and Lebanon. She has a diploma in vocal art from Frederick Chopin University of Music in Warsaw (2011). She was also trained at a younger age by Nonna Manoyan, as she completed her studies in ‘Theatre’ at the Université Saint Joseph in Beirut.
In 2016, Nadine was awarded, the “Meritorious for Polish Culture” Medal of Honor.
Nadine has sung in numerous venues, including:
Alte Rathaus (Vienna); – Dom Polonii, WilanowPalace, St John Cathedral, Palace of Culture and Science (Warsaw); St Mary Basilica (Krakow); TynCathedral (Prague); Grand Sérail, National Museum, Résidence des Pins, Saint Joseph’s Church, Saint Louis Cathedral (Beirut); Silk Museum (Bsous); St John’s Cathedral (Byblos); Al-Ain Festival (UAE); Theater Slobodkina(Moscow), Residence of the Lebanese ambassador (Paris), the island of Ouessant(Brittany), Cathedral of Quimper (France).
Nadine also excels at opera, including Arabic versions of Mozart’s Don Giovanni (Zerlina), Le Nozze di Figaro (Susanna), and Bastien und Bastienne (Bastienne). She sang the role of Adina in Donizetti’s l’Elisir d’Amore (original language). In addition, she has a wide repertoire from the 19th century including operatic Arias and Lieder.The conductors and musicians with whom she has sung include : Jordi Mora, Manfred Müssauer, Zbigniew Graca, Jan Slek (chamber orchestra in Wroclaw); Walid Gholmieh, WojciechCzepiel, Garo Avessian, Joanna Medawar-Nachef, Harout Fazlian (Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra).
Nadine has also sung in Warsaw with: Cantores Minores Choir, Atlanta Boys Choir, Wiktoria Harp Open (with 20 harpists), Concerto AvennaQuintet, Primo incontro Kwartet, and the flutist Jadwiga Kotnowska. Among her accompanists have been the pianists Seo Kyeong Yeong(Korea), Nico de Villiers (UK), Hanna Holeksa, and the harpist Anna Sikorzak Olek (Poland);and from Lebanon, the pianist Henri Goraieb, the Quatuor del Tempo, and many more.
Natasha Nassar – is a Lebanese-American opera singer. Her music has taken her across the globe, performing in prestige locations such as Carnegie Hall and The Washington National Opera. In addition to singing, Natasha is an accomplished pianist and composer. She holds a degree in music and opera from Northwestern University. She recently returned to Lebanon.
Anthony Ojeil, product manager in a pharmaceutical company and teacher at the St Joseph University. Member of the Choir of St Joseph’s church of the jesuits, member of the Lebanese Group Champlain and singer with tje Heartbeat Association.
He has recently adapted Jacque Brel’s song (Le Plat Pays) to Beirut and Lebanon, following the tragic event of August 4th.
Thalia Khanafer is a 9 year old, who aspires to be an international pop star. Thalia hopes to be a voice for the young generation, and hopes to inspire other children to use their voices to make a change.