Rosy & Amine Beyhom participated in the 3rd International Musicological and Psaltic Conference on Psaltic Art of the Department of Psaltic Art and Musicology of the Volos Academy for Theological Studies.
The Conference took place in the Conference Center of the Holy Metropolis of Demetrias, in Melissiatika, Volos, Greece, between May 30th(official opening in the evening) and June 2nd(official closing in the afternoon), 2018.
Amine Beyhom presented a paper entitled “Theory and Practice of Psaltiki: Why do they not coincide?“, and assisted Rosy Beyhom for the recording of four Greek cantors who performed Kyrie Ekekraxa (by Petros Byzantios) and Axion estin (Anonymous).
The video-animated analyses of these chants will soon be published on our site as a further contribution to the development of alternative methods for the analysis of melodic music of the Mediterranean and around (maqām music).
In October 2012, ICONEA Director Richard Dumbrill visited Lebanon, initially to attend a conference in Beirut on Rituals in the Ancient Levant. The conference was cancelled following a bombing in the metropolis. Dumbrill seeked help from CERMAA/FOREDOFICO to produce a documentary film on the subject he had intended to give at the National Museum. The documentary, funded by the Friends of the National Museum and CERMAA/FOREDOFICO is about the research work Dumbrill has undertaken for the past 25 years on the translation of the oldest known musical text, written in the Hurrian language, dating from about 1400 years BC, and found at Ugarit in North East Syria in the 1950s. The documentary was shot by Paul Mattar, Founding member of FOREDOFICO, in a renowned archaeological site, and at the headquarters of CERMAA, in the suburbs of Beirut.
Rosy Azar Beyhom and Amine Beyhom, CERMAA founding members contributed to the Orientalisation of Dumbrill’s original rendition of the Hurrian material. The song was recorded at the CALA recording studios, a subdivision of FOREDOFICO specialised in archival recordings. Saad SAAB, President of FOREDOFICO made improvisastions on the Ꜥūd on the theme of the original music. The singing of the melody, and the acting on site was entrusted to a young and promising Lebanese singer, Lara Jokhadar Al-Aro. There, Lara played the role of a young woman afflicted with the curse of being childless, and sang her sorrow to the moon goddess NIKKAL so that she may bear child.
Lara Jokhadar al-Aro
The original score for the Hurrian H.6. song has been published in Richard Dumbrill’s article for NEMO N°1 :
Dumbrill, Richard : “Modus Vivendi,” Near Eastern Musicology Online11 |2012-11| p. 89–116.
The Brest conference on modality took place from the 16th to the 18th of November. Please see http://www.drom-kba.eu/Conference-musicale-Musiques.html and http://www.drom-kba.eu/Colloque-du-Pole-de-la-modalite-et.html.
Amine Beyhom, Director of CERMAA, presented a conference with Erik Marchand on the 16th of November, and a paper on un-tempered instruments the next day.
Un atelier de musiques bretonnes a été organisé au CNSML (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique au Liban) à l’initiative du CERMAA et de FOREDOFICO, en collaboration avec la direction du conservatoire. Le musicien Yann Gourvil et la chanteuse Simone Alvez, invités par le CERMAA et FOREDOFICO, ont dirigé l’atelier le jeudi 26 avril dans la salle d’audition du conservatoire à Sinn El-Fil (Beyrouth – Liban), de midi à 15:00 heures. L’atelier a été accompagné et suivi d’un concert dont un chant en création par les deux musiciens.
Une interview de Radio-Liban a été recueillie auprès des musiciens et des organisateurs.
Ceci est le premier parmi ce que nous espérons devenir une série d’ateliers sur les musiques du Monde (et les autres) au Liban.
CERMAA co-organises in Brest (Brittany – France) in November 2011 a Conference on “Modality – A Bridge Between East and West” with DROM. Amine Beyhom will read a pre-Conference paper on General Modality, while Erik Marchand will explain, on this occasion, the Modal aspects of Brittany Music.
Amine Beyhom will also read a paper on the use of fretted and unfretted string instruments.