Summer is back, people are back, days grow longer, nights grow louder, forests regain their vibrancy, and blossoms color the land. Mountains hug every visitor to its sides, allowing the families to gather for the greatest rendezvous of smiles.
Come join us to Ehdeniyat, where you will enjoy a fresh cool summer breeze in a typical Ehden August setting.
– Saturday August 03: FAHED EL ABDALLAH – Oriental Show
– Friday August 09: EMMA SHAPPLIN
The young and talented phenomenon, Emma Shapplin has been attracting fans all over the world with her operatic pop and dramatic performances. Emma has evolved through many styles and has recently created her own unique style of music that became a combination of archaic opera and modern trance or pop music.
Emma Shapplin began her music career in the classical tradition, before moving to rock. She discovered that although rock gave her a certain artistic freedom and brought her to an exploration of the lower range of her voice, she was still not entirely satisfied. She then moved back to classical, studying opera with various teachers, harmony and piano in Paris and then later cello as well as starting exploring new vocal possibilities and directions.
Consequently, Emma decided to create her own style where she can express freely her musical experiences and more generally her artistic orientations. With the help of great musicians from a wide array of genres of the industry, this very personnal style evolved into a combination of diverse influences including opera, lyric poetry, modern trance, rock and synth-pop.
Her first album Carmine Meo (1998) represents her debut step as a professional artist, and sold over two million copies around the world and became multi-platinum many times, which introduced her work to more than 25 countries.
A few years later, Emma was invited by composer Graeme Revell to sing three original and graceful tracks based on poetry of Dante from his score for the Hollywood movie Red Planet – a soundtrack that she shared with Peter Gabriel, William Orbit and Sting.
For her second album Etterna (2003), Emma, a great lover of poetry and literature, wrote all the lyrics directly in medieval Italian, playing with time and styles using, as she says, many “carefully chosen archaic words and expressions” in order to evoke the great ancient poets, playwrights and their works, even including, in order to evoke her love for Greek culture, fragments of Sappho’s poetry. In terms of the music itself, Emma was interested in developing some of Etterna’s compositions with another artist as well and consequently invited Graeme Revell to join her. As Emma likes to explain, “He brought his maturity and the smoothness of his orchestration.”
One of Emma’s most extraordinary collaborations occurred during Etterna’s recording sessions at Abbey Road Studio, when the London Philharmonic Orchestra accompanied her, playing her and Revell’s composition scores, and with the London Philharmonic Choir singing her words, Emma was absolutely in heaven. The experience was a very special moment that was truly unforgettable and magical. At the same period, she created her own production company “Nimue Music”. Etterna led Emma to experience remarkable and bewitching stage performances, which she produced and staged herself.
Emma most recently wrote and composed her new album Macadam Flower, released in 2010, which is an exquisite journey through electro-pop-rock, a new approach of singing, of sensuality, poetry and drama.
– Saturday August 10: DEMIS ROUSSOS
The legendary Greek singer and performer, Demis Roussos, known for his dramatic, operatic vocal stylings, was born in Egypt, on June 15, 1946, to Greek expatriate parents. In the early ’60s, the family decided to return to their homeland, and once there, the young Roussos, who had studied trumpet and sung in the church choir in Egypt, began playing in local bands. One of these was Aphrodite’s Child, which also featured Vangelis and Lucas Sideras. A huge hit in Europe, especially France, the band released a handful of albums before breaking up in 1971.
With his label contacts in place, Roussos was able to secure a deal as a solo recording artist, and later that same year issued the single “We Shall Dance,” also included on the album On the Greek Side of My Mind. The 1970s were a prolific time for Roussos, and he released a number of singles and albums that charted highly on the European and Latin American charts such as “Goodbye My Love Goodbye” and “Forever and Ever”.
In 1978 the singer decided to retire, and moved to Malibu Beach, where he kept a lower profile. Eventually he moved back to Greece, and it was there from which he boarded a flight to Rome in 1985. The plane was hijacked and Roussos and his wife, along with the other passengers, were held captive for a few days. This experience changed his life, and he decided the best way he could help others and promote understanding in the world was by returning to music. He recorded twenty other songs and compiled an album called “the story of Demis Roussos”. With this album, he started to world tour again and found a nostalgic audience who had missed his magic voice.
Demis’s voice is beyond comprehension, he embodies the Meditareanian feeling in the best of ways. He was awarded more than a hundred golden, platinum, and diamond albums and cassettes and he has sold over 60 million albums worldwide.
– Friday August 16: MOSCOW BALLET RFB
One of the most prestigious dance companies in the world, Moscow Ballet RFB is coming to Ehden for one single performance at Ehdeniyat International Festival to perform works of legendary Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky.
The Moscow Ballet RFB was founded by Timur Fayziev in 1989. After having toured much of the world and retired from the stage, Timur founded his own academy of dancers. In 1989 he fulfilled the need to give professional continuity to the students of his academy. With only a few years of tours, the Company carried out numerous tours throughout Japan, England, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Thailand, Switzerland, and other countries. Nowadays and throughout its history, the Moscow Ballet RFB has exhibited a repertoire of the best pieces of classical ballet, among which one finds: “Sleeping Beauty”, “Swan Lake”, “Nutcracker”, “Giselle”, “Don Quixote”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, or “Carmen”.
The international renown and prestige that the Company enjoys has not stopped growing. Because of this, as a result of the relevancy, rigor and
professionalism that were forged as the years went by, in 1991 the RFB Moscow Ballet was the only one in the whole of Russia invited to participate in the legendary dancer and choreographer Rudolf Nureyev’s last tour through England, Norway and Sweden.
In 2003 the company received from its country the honorific diploma for the effort made by the whole company on having carried out a thousand performances. To be one of the most important companies in the country is for the RFB Moscow Ballet the best proof and guarantee of the excellence that it has been exporting to half the world for 20 years.
– Saturday August 17: HANINE Y SON CUBANO
Hanine Y Son Cubano was formed by avant-garde artist and producer Michel Elefteriades as a groundbreaking project of Arabo-Cuban fusion. Hanine, the lead singer, has a voice that vehicles all the Arabic Tarab tradition, while her musicians, who are the best of their generation in Cuba, were especially gathered for this cultural venture.
Hanine’s musical career started in 2000 with a fusion album of oriental melodies sang in Arabic, mixed with Cuban harmonies and rhythms. This Warner album was a best seller in the Middle East and Latin America. She then performed in several European capitals and in Brazil. After the release of her second album in 2004, Hanine toured around the world with successful concerts in the great capitals confirming the triumph of this new musical style. Her latest opus, the Festivals Album was released in August 2010.
Luis Gonzalez, the International Cuban singer, is accompanied by the musicians of Son Cubano who are all graduates of the High Conservatory of Music in Havana/Cuba. They formed the band a few years ago and participated in international festivals around Europe, Latin America, Japan and in international events such as Miss Europe, the IV Mercado Cultural do Bahia in Brazil… The band plays all styles of Cuban music from classical old Boleros to modern “Salsa Fuerte”, passing by Cha-cha-cha, Son, Guajira, Afro-Cuban…besides other Latin American styles. The group has created its own personalized choreographies that they also perform on stage.
– Saturday August 24: KADIM EL SAHIR.
Tickets: Available at Virgin Megastores (All Branches) and online.