Musical Performance & Dance: Charbel Rouhana Concert

Fri, August 13, 2004 8:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Alwan for the Arts Presents:

A CD signing reception with acclaimed Lebanese oud player and composer Charbel Rouhana presenting his latest CD "Art of the Middle Eastern Oud" (ARC music)

Mr. Rouhana will play a short set on the oud.

This event is free and open to the public

Dance party to follow at 10pm

please donate $5

for some excerpts:


The following information courtesy of

Charbel Rouhana, one of the finest oud players in Lebanon. Born in 1965 inAamchit (a town north of Beirut), Charbel pursued his music education atthe Holy-Spirit University in Kaslik and obtained his Diploma in oudinstrumentation in 1986 and his M.A. in Musicology in 1987. One of his major achievements is establishing a new methodology in playing the oud. This method was published and adopted by the National Conservatory of Music and the Faculty of Music in the Holy Spirit University-where he has been teaching oud courses since 1986 till present. Charbel Rouhana has been performing live events since 1984, touring several countries, venues, and festivals. He also collaborated in composing musicals for choreographer Abdul Haleem Caracall's shows: "Elissa-The Queen of Carthage"-1995, "Andalusia-Lost Glory"1997, and "Bleilit Kamar"-1999. Winner of several national awards, Charbel also won the first prize at the Hirayama Competition in 1995 in Japan, for Best Composition entitled "Hymn of Peace".

According to Charbel, Oriental-Arabic music is facing a renaissance periodincarnated by traditional instruments especially the oud which is ancientand always related to traditional singing and classical instrumental Arabic music. Charbel's musical writings succeeded in transforming this Arabic traditional instrument into a multinational, modern instrument able to communicate with other cultures and music, with an emphasis on theOriental-Arabic style.

He composed many songs for Caracalla: Elissa, Queen of Kartajj, Al-Andalus, alfa laila wa laila...

He participated in many festivals inside and outside Lebanon, and he awarded the first prize in Hirayama/Japan Composing Competition in 1990,for his song : The Peace Anthem.

He was elected the best musician in Lebanon in 2000, and a goodness women association in Beirut released the Peace anthem, to helping the Palestinian Intifada.


- We will see (Tanshoof) 1986.

- Day on you (Yaoum Aalaik) 1990.

- Memory (Zikra) 1992.

- Greetings (Salamat) 1997.

- Horizon (Mada) 1998 - with Hani Siblini.

- Open Mood (Mazaj Alani) 2000.

- Do not forget (kay la nanssa) 2001.

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