film composer roundtable

From L to R: Benoit Basirico (moderator), Cynthia Zaven, Emile Aouad, Khaled Mouzannar

From L to R: Benoit Basirico (moderator), Cynthia Zaven, Emile Aouad, Khaled Mouzannar


Happy to have taken part in the film composer roundtable that included Emile Aouad, Khaled Mouzannar and myself.

The discussion revolved around questions of interconnections between sound and music in film, the constraints that deadlines impose, and the relationship between composer and filmmaker in the process of writing narrative music.

The event was organised at the Institut Français by Houda Henniche and Laura Zein, and moderated by Benoit Basirico who flew in from Paris especially for the occasion.

Arsenal at the Tanit Gallery

My new installation Arsenal will be on display starting today at the Tanit Gallery! The installation is part of the From Sound To Silence group exhibition including artists like Adel Abidin, Ziad Antar and Mohssin Haraki. The exhibition will be on until July 17th. 

Arsenal is a disassembled upright piano, featuring 205 strings, a soundboard, 88 hammers, 67 dampers, 56 white keys, 32 black keys and various wooden and metal parts.

88 hammers

Working the light on the dismantled piano, in front of Ziad Antar's video " La Marche Turque"

Bunker Fairy Tale and Morse Code Composition on Kunstradio

Austrian National Radio ORF will have a special focus on the Lebanese musical scene until March 19. It will include an interview with a broadcast of a few of my compositions. In the framework of this focus, Kunstradio - the cultural channel of ORF - will also air a remix of Bunker Fairy Tale and Morse Code Composition (18 min).
In 1995 Kunstradio On Line was founded by artists and has since become a unique site and archive of radio-art as well as an art-project in its own right.

Performing "Room" in Dresden

photo by Mia Habis


After Beirut, Istanbul and Oslo,"Room" was hosted at the infamous Festspielhaus venue in Hellerau, the garden city of Dresden. From theatre/studio building/classroom built by Dalcroze in 1911, to police academy during Nazi times, to hospital and barracks under the Soviets, the Festspielhaus is today an arts and cultural center.

The performance was part of the Mashreq to Maghreb festival curated by Mia Habis and Omar Rajeh, and features Mia Habis (dance), Øyvind Skarbø (drums) and myself on prepared grand piano.

Portrait Of A Great Aunt (10 cm x 12 cm)

My participation to Imago Mundi, the first global contemporary art collection by Benetton Foundation:

Portrait Of A Great Aunt, Constantinople. 1892 is part of the IMAGO MUNDI - MEDITERRANEAN ROUTES exhibition that opened in Palermo in February 2017. The work is printed on linen on a 10 cm x 12 cm canvas, based on a family picture.

The exhibition includes works from the 19 countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, the Lebanese collection is curated by the Beirut Art Residency.

For more information on the Benetton Foundation, please click here

From Namur to the BFI


The UK Premiere of Tramontane just took place in London with a full house at the BFI Southbank!

A beautiful screening followed by a moving and deeply engaged Q&A with the director of the film Vatche Boulghourjian and myself on the making of the film and the music, moderated by the brilliant Elhum Shakerifar.  Questions revolved around the choice and origin of the songs interpreted in the film, the logistics of film and music production in a country like Lebanon, and the importance of telling this story today.



Tramontane gets awarded with the Prix Découverte in Namur!

Pink carpet at the Namur Film Festival in Belgium, right before the award ceremony

Pink carpet at the Namur Film Festival in Belgium, right before the award ceremony

Perpetuum Mobile at the The Silent Echo exhibition

Excited to be part of this upcoming group exhibition in no less than the historical Roman ruins of Baalbeck! The show is entitled The Silent Echo and is curated by Karina El Helou. It will feature works by Ai Weiwei, Ziad Antar, Marwan Rechmaoui, Susan Hiller, Danica Dakic, Paola Yacoub, Theo Mercier and Laurent Grasso.

I'll be presenting my 12 channel sound installation, Perpetuum Mobile, in a new setting (and music edit) inside the prestigious Bacchus Temple. The speakers will be perched on 3.5m high metal stands placed in a large circle. For its Baalbeck edition, the installation is being sponsored by the Baalbeck International Festival. The opening is on Saturday 17th, sound check and mix inside the venue on the 14th... can't wait!!

Setting up the installation - day 1 - the speakers will be mounted on 3.5m stands

From Karlovy Vary to Pula

It's festival hopping time, from an amazing film fest in a spa town (Karlovy Vary, Czech Rep) to a fabulous film fest in a beach town (Pula, Croatia) where Tramontane was awarded the international jury's special mention!

Pula's Roman arena where the award ceremony took place

Pula's Roman arena where the award ceremony took place

Cannes 2016 Snapshots

The producers, the editor, the composer and the boss

The production team on stage for the World Premiere

The A Team: Renée, Christian, Myriam, Jessica, Zeina and Antoine

Mother and Son

Mother (in film) and Son - photo by Aurélie Lamachère

Caroline and Nadia

Caroline and Nadia

The official poster of Tramontane

On the red carpet for the Camera d'Or night

Vatche Boulghourjian - photo by Aurélie Lamachère


Barakat and Gaby: Party central

Vatche receiving the Rail d'Or

Standing Ovation for Tramontane World Premiere in Cannes - 2016

Tramontane (Rabih), Vatche Boulghourjian's feature film was greeted at its world premiere with a very long and moving standing ovation at this year's Cannes' Critic's Week! This moment will be etched in our memory forever.

In the video (from left to right): Gaby Khalil, Toufic Barakat, Julia Kassar, Barakat Jabbour, Vatche Boulghourjian, Cynthia Zaven

Opening of Listen At The Beirut Art Center

The exhibition is on! And it will last until August 21st 2016. It feels great to be back at the Beirut Art Center, now headed by the amazing Marie Muracciole. The show Listen focuses on the medium of sound. It is curated by both Marie and Marcella Lista, art historian based in Paris and chief curator of the New Media collection at the Centre Pompidou.

My video For Voice And Forest is shot in a natural environment and tackles the experience of sound within the limits of silence and perception through the incredible voice of 8 year old Alexandra.

Tramontane goes to Cannes!

Tramontane has been officially selected to take part in the 55th Edition of La Semaine de la Critique / Critic's Week! The world premiere will take place in May 2016, in Cannes. This is the first time that a Lebanese feature is selected in this section. 

I feel blessed to have taken part in this truly unique journey from the start, supervising the music and composing the score, working with an outstanding cast including Barakat Jabbour, a blind musical prodigy and one of the most brilliantly talented performers we'll ever see on screen. And I feel deeply honored to have collaborated with the incredible artist who made it all happen, my partner in life, Vatche Boulghourjian.
Cannes, here we come! 🎊⛱

For more info on the Semaine de la Critique, please click here

For more info on Tramontane please click here