Our main guest is a Lebanese architect Wassim Melki he’s a 28 years old and holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the Lebanese American University 2002-2007), as well as a Master’s Degree in Urban Design from Domus Academy (2010), Milan where he lived for 2 years. He came back to lebanon in February 2011, where he established Studioinvisible, “a multidisciplinary design studio working in the fields of Urban Planning, Architecture, Interior & product Design, Visual Branding and Political Science, and aiming to provide the world with Avant-Garde Design interventions as well as in-depth Cultural, Social and Political guidance ” . (However he still works as an employee in another Architecture Firm in Lebanon).
We also met with artist Michel Zoghzoghi who talked about his exhibition that is sponsored by Dima Healthcare and Byblos Bank. All proceeds of sales of photos will go directly to the Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon (St. Jude). The exhibition will be held at “The Venue” in Beirut Souks, DT with an opening on January 19 starting 5:30 pm this exhibition will last until February 12 th.
This exhibition is the result of 5 years of expeditions around the world and depicts predators in their natural habitat. From Polar Bears in Northern Canada to Great White Sharks in South Africa, from the Lions of the Masai Mara to the Tigers of Bandhavgarh, Michel has travelled over 250,000 km and spent around 1,000 hours photographing ‘in the field’ to bring you the photos of PREY.
We also met with Christina Kaghadou from Metropolis who shared with us their newest movies.
PRESENTATION OU CHARLOTTE ET SON STEAK
Eric Rohmer, 1951, 12’, 35mm
LE BEAU SERGE
Claude Chabrol, 1958, 1h38, 35mm
TIREZ SUR LE PIANISTE
François Truffaut, 1960, 1h18, Beta
PARIS NOUS APPARTIENT
Jacques Rivette, 1961, 2h17, 35mm
CLEO DE 5 A 7
Agnès Varda, 1962, 1h30, 35mm
MURIEL OU LE TEMPS D’UN RETOUR
Alain Resnais, 1963, 1h57, 35mm
LES PARAPLUIES DE CHERBOURG
Jacques Demy, 1964, 1h30, 35mm
ALPHAVILLE, UNE ETRANGE AVENTURE DE LEMMY CAUTION
Jean-Luc Godard, 1965, 1h37, 35mm
Our next guest is music composer Amadeus Awad. At the age of 18, he decided to study music at the Beirut School of Fine Art, before getting an online Musicology Master’s degree from the Berklee College of Music. “I’m still studying, I never stopped,” he said. The day Amadeus Awad turned six, he got a guitar as a birthday gift. Since then, he’s been playing the strings. It’s not a surprise that his idol is guitar legend Ritchie Blackmore, and just like him, Awad had dreams of standing on stage and playing to an audience. Almost three decades later, 33-year-old Awad is planning to release his second album titled Time of the Equinox on January 13. It contains 13 original tracks and comes with a little surprise for Lebanese rock and metal fans: Famous American rock singer Mark Boals, who worked with legends such as Yngwie Malmsteen, Uli Jon Roth and Royal Hunt, is featured on three of Awad’s tracks. “Mark Boals is one of my childhood heroes. My brother was obsessed with him, and I was too,” Awad told NOW Extra, adding that contacting and working with the famous vocalist was not as difficult as he had expected. Boals liked the tracks, Awad said, and his voice only added to their richness. “Of course, I had written the three tracks, [keeping in mind] his abilities,” the composer explained. Following the 2011 release of Awad’s first EP, he has been dubbed one of the best composers in the Middle East, his style ranging from hard rock to progressive metal. But he knew from the onset that the path of rock music was not an easy one.
Our final guest was artist Hugues Vassal who talked about his exposition called vermissage that will take place at l’Institut français de Beyrouth on the 17th of January at 18h30.
Hope you all enjoyed the show!