Mayssa Karaa - ميسا قرعه will be accompanied at her Zouk Mikael Inernational Festival concert on July 6 2017 by her All-Star band directed by Carmine Rojas of David Bowie, featuring Scott Page of Pink Floyd and Victoria Theodore of Stevie Wonder.
Ziad Rahbani was born in 1956 in Lebanon to parents who were giants of contemporary Lebanese art: Assi Rahbani and Fairuz.
He began studying piano and music theory as a child and started his artistic journey in the early seventies, as an actor and musical performer in the theater of Rahbani Brothers and Fairouz, where he was also entrusted with participating in musical composition.
In 1973 he presented his first musical "Sahriyah", which carried some Rahbani theater influences but had its own flavor. Later years saw the creation of six major works that clearly paved his path.
Ziad began composing music during his musical studies. From the onset, he leaned toward renewing the Lebanese song in its content and form. He also dedicated serious attention to instrumental music at a time when it lacked attention locally and regionally.
He has accomplished great achievements in this context. As his fans know, his achievement is not limited to art but includes his humanitarian and sociopolitical concerns, expressed often through humor and irony.
Praised for "a voice that sparkles like the best of diamonds," Soprano Monica Yunus thrills audiences whether in concert, recital, or on the operatic stage. She has performed on some of the world's greatest stages with legends including Placido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli and Jose Carreras. Her performances have taken her across the globe. She is a frequent presence at The Metropolitan Opera and has made critically acclaimed debuts in opera and concert venues around the world. For her contributions to the field of arts activism, Monica Yunus has been honored to give special performances at The United Nations and the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, The Skoll World Forum, and received a 2009 DOHA 21st Century Leader Award in the category of Outstanding Humanitarian.
Born in Chittagong, Bangladesh and raised in New Jersey, Ms. Yunus is the daughter of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunusand the Co-Founding Director of Sing for Hope, whose mission is to make the arts available to all.