Wael Koudaih [Fr]
Né à Nabatieh (Liban) en 1979, Wael Koudaih détient un master professionnel en Arts appliqués de l’ALBA (Académie Libanaise des Beaux Arts) et un post diplôme de L’ENSAD (Ecole Nationale
Supérieur des Art Déco de Paris) en art interactif.
De 2000 à 2012, sous le pseudonyme de « Rayess Bek », Wael Koudaih devient l’un des représentants majeurs des musiques urbaines dans le monde arabe.

Auteur, compositeur, interprète, il participe à des résidences d’écriture et de composition en Europe, aux Etats-Unis et au Moyen-Orient.

A partir de 2012, Wael Koudaih se dirige vers une forme musicale plus performative notamment avec le concert narratif « Good Bye Schlondorff » diffusé dans de nombreux lieux comme le Centre Pompidou, Festival Banlieues Bleues et le HKW (Haus der Kulturen der Welt – Berlin), ou encore Love and Revenge, un concert visuel en duo avec la vidéaste Randa Mirza.
Il collabore sur des projets très variés, tel que « Hommage à Mahmoud Darwish » de Rodolphe Burger, « These Shoes are made for walking » danse contemporaine de Nancy Naous et « Ce qui nous regarde », théâtre documentaire de Myriam Marzouki ou encore « Nathan le Sage » mise en scène par Nicolas Stemann.

Wael Koudaih est actuellement directeur de projet de l’atelier Espace et Communication à Académie Libanaise des Beaux Arts, un atelier pluridisciplinaire visant à réunir différents départements / écoles autour d’un projet commun.
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Wael Koudaih [En]

Wael Koudaih was born in Nabatieh, Lebanon in 1979. He holds a Master of Professional Studies in Applied Arts from the Academie Libanaise des Beaux Arts (ALBA), a post-diploma from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Deco (ENSAD) in Atelier de Recherche Interactive, and a Master 2 of research in Contemporary Art and New Media from the Université de Paris VIII.

Since 2002, Wael goes by the pseudonym “Rayess Bek,” one of the major performers of Hip Hop and urban music from the Arab World. Wael is an author, composer, and interpreter, who has released seven albums and performed many concerts worldwide. He also participates in residence programs in creative writing in Europe, the United States, and the Middle East, where he gets the chance to meets and learn from such artists as Rodolphe Burger, Frank Fitzpatrick, and Miles Copeland.

In 2012, Wael produced Goodbye Schlöndorff, an audio-visual performance that combines intimate messages that were recorded on cassettes and sent to loved ones in times of war, with short sequences from the film Circle of Deceit and its making-of directed by Volker Schlöndorff.

In 2014 Wael Koudaih co-directed with Nancy Naous (choreographer) “The Third Circle” an installation and a performance, based on interviews made in Lebanon with several Muslim scholars, religious leaders and experts in Islamic law. After showing them a video of extracts of a dance performance, the duo questioned them on how this piece might be created so as to conform to Islamic law. The intention was to find out, with regard to both the dance and the music, what would be authorized by the Sharia.

In 2015 Koudaih did another collaboration this time with photographer Randa Mirza. Together they created “Love and Revenge” an audio-video concert that aims to give a second life to old Arabic popular songs and movies by adapting them to the patterns and aesthetics of today’s music. Picture what would become of the Arabic variety if we decide to bring new influences to that culture?