EAST WEST SYMPHONY HIWAR NOMINATED FOR OPUS KLASSIK IN TWO CATEGORIES

The official nominees for the Opus Klassik have been announced and I’m incredibly excited to hear that “East West Symphony Hiwar”, where I was a part of as an arranger/orchestrator, has been nominated in two categories:

 

World’s First Recording

Crossover 

 

Congratulations to Masaa for the nomination.

Congratulations to Bernd Ruf, conductor of the project, for receiving an additional nomination as Conductor of the year.

Congratulations to Jena Philharmonics, orchestra of the project, for the nomination in the category Ensemble of the year.

 

 

Good luck to all the other nominees!



"A SILVER LINING" 3RD-5TH PLACE IN CALL FOR SCORES COMPETITION

The winners of the "2021 Call for Scores" competition have finally been announced. 

 

My piece "A Silver Lining" has been selected by the Jury to be worthy of a top 5 spot for the entire competition. Since only two entries can win, being in 3-5th still feels like an achievement on its own.

Thank you to Film Scoring Academy of Europe for the opportunity and good luck with the recording session in May!

 

Congratulations to Yakov and Reiko for winning.

Congratulations to Karel and Zong for sharing 3rd-5th place with me! 

 

You can listen to my entry below



FINALIST OF THE CALL FOR SCORES COMPETITION BY THE EUROPEAN ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS

I'm happy to announce that I am amongst the finalists of the "Call for Scores" Competition by the European Academy of Fine Arts. The winner will have his submitted work recorded at Bulgaria National Radio Studio 1 with a 104-piece symphony orchestra(and choir) in May.

 

The winners of the competition will be announced in the following weeks.

 

Good luck to the other finalists!



HIWAR - EAST WEST SYMPHONY NOMINIERT FÜR DEN PREIS DER DEUSCHEN SCHALLPLATTEN KRITIKER

HIWAR - EAST WEST SYMPHONY mit Masaa und der Philharmonie Jena wurden in den folgenden Kategorien für den Preis der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritiker nominiert:

 

Crossover
Weltmusik

 

Mehr Informationen zu den weiteren Nominierten und dem Preis selbst:

 

https://www.schallplattenkritik.de/news/2021-04-16/die-neue-longlist-2-2021-ist-da



EAST WEST SYMPHONY - HIWAR w/ MASAA, BERND RUF & JENA PHILHARMONICS RELEASED

Live recording from the concert in 2018 with Masaa, Bernd Ruf and Jena Philharmonics.

 

Stream it now on

 

Spotify

Apple Music

Amazon

 

 or buy physically


Amazon

Weltbild

German Pops store

Masaa store

 

Tracklist:

 

1. Hiwar (Comp. Rabih Lahoud)

2. Ya Insan (Comp. Marcus Rust)

3. Beiruti (Comp. Clemens Pötzsch, Arr. Joosten)

4. Farahi (Comp. Rabih Lahoud, Arr. Joosten)

5. Abadi (Comp. Rabih Lahoud)

6. Ta Voix (Comp. Marcus Rust)

7. Aruz (Comp. Clemens Pötzsch, Arr. Joosten)

8. Warai (Comp. Marcus Rust)

9. Über mir (Comp. Marcus Rust)

10. Lamento (Comp. Rabih Lahoud, Arr. Joosten)

11. Kilmati (Comp. Marcus Rust)

12. Dabke (Comp. Clemens Pötzsch/Demian Kappenstein, Arr. Joosten)

 

Vocals: Rabih Lahoud
Piano: Clemens Pötzsch
Trumpet: Marcus Rust
Percussion: Demian Kappenstein

 

Conductor: Bernd Ruf

Orchestra: Jena Philharmonics



A SILVER LINING

2020 is a year to remember. Covid-19 really changed the perspective on our current lifestyle as a society and showed us how we, as individuals, value and care for our society. The year was plagued with negativity and bad energy that sucked the creativity out of many of us. I struggled too. 

 

A Silver Lining is my way of trying to start 2021 on a positive. The piece overflows with uplifting energy and compresses it into a burst of positivity, like a silver lining it shows us the end of a dark and rather depressing period.

 

Below you can listen to A Silver Lining and get a glimpse at the full score.


Enjoy!


THE WHITE MESSENGERS OFFICIALLY RELEASED

'The White Messengers' is now released on the following streaming services:

 

Spotify: spotify:album:3iMBK41fl7vltbg1ySSqXP
Amazon Musichttps://music.amazon.de/albums/B08P754DQ4?marketplaceId=A1PA6795UKMFR9&musicTerritory=DE
Apple Musichttps://music.amazon.de/albums/B08P754DQ4?marketplaceId=A1PA6795UKMFR9&musicTerritory=DE

 

What else can you do other than listening?
Well, if you have some spare time I'd greatly appreciate you adding 'The White Messengers' to your custom Christmas Playlist, this will help others find my music!

 

Thank you and enjoy you christmas time :)