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The Profile of the Talk
Rayess has been an admirer of Fairuz for a long time. The presentation will
provide an introductory overview of Fairouz's musicals for theater, film and
TV. It will feature audio samples, videos and photos from selected early
works and musicals dating back mostly to the period from 1962 - 1975.
Akram Rayess is a co-founder of the Foundation of Arab Music Archiving
& Research (AMAR) and a member of the Management Board. He is also a
Consulting Committee member of the journal Bidayat.
Akram is also a researcher in Ethnomusicology and a management consultant with
interest in cultural development, music of the Levant, music theatre and
archives. He has recently completed a master's degree in Public Policy and
International Affairs at the American University of Beirut. His current
research focuses on the heritage and cultural policies in Lebanon through the
study of the pre-war Lebanese Nights at the Baalbeck International Festival.
In 2006, he organized an interdisciplinary conference on the joint works of
Fairuz and Ziad Rahbani and he later edited and published a dossier on Ziad in
the Adab Magazine (2009/2010). In 2014, he co-edited and published, through AUB
Press, an edited volume titled: "Selected Papers of Zaki Nassif."