With their distinct qualities and youthful charisma, the New Comers already provided smiles and warm memories to many special occasions. A new generation of artists carrying around old musical souls and enough talent to astonish all of whom they entertain. [+]
Aurora Garcia (top left): Aurora Garcia from Madrid, is the hottest young soul singer on the Spanish scene today! She has the on-stage fire of a young and hungry artist but the voice of someone way beyond her years. If you shut your eyes, be careful, because you might just confuse her for Aretha Franklin! She takes over any and all stages she steps on, integrating with any band perfectly. Her ear for rhythm, tempo and keys are of an optimal level, making her both a pleasure to perform with as well as a spectacle to watch.
Marylin (top right): With covers of pop favorites, classic songs and latest hits, along with the band, she is fit for any occasion. Ready to always blow you away with her polished voice. Labex Quartet & Marilyn bring something to the table, a diverse mix of sounds that will take you places.
Judy (bottom left): What characterizes Judy is her raspy, powerful voice along with a charming stage presence. With her raw talent she experiments with blues, R&B and soul; all styles she masters. Judy is a guest artists of Edwin & The Obbas.
Kyra (bottom right): A true sight for soar eyes, Kyra is a newcomer to our family and she is already making her mark. Her love for music and dance is so strong its contagious, she takes everyone in with every performance. Essentially from the middle east with greek blood flowing in her veins, one can say that oriental bellydance comes naturally to Kyra. However, it is her love for Flamenco that shines above all else. Combining elegantly with the Oriental Lounge Hank, adding her special mix of Spanish /Flamenco with her roots of Oriental Belly Dance to bring to you an entertainment package that is sure to “WOW” any audience.
You can read and check more pictures of Lexie & Duanes and Amy Smack Daddy in their specific sections in our Artists list.
Steinway official artist since 2002
A genius autodidact, Aleph discovered music at the age of 4. At such a young age he would already play tunes by ear. [+]
He developed his talent to become a pianist but also a composer and arranger. His natural gift, charisma and tremendous generosity make him so magnetic once he steps on stage. As a pianist, Aleph is mostly known for his fingering ability, his rhythmic play and his easiness in improvisation and adaptation.His wide experience has made him cover all styles. But yet, his hybrid oriental style and harmonies mixed with western world music is what defines him and makes his sound rich, exotic and catchy. With him, everything seems so harmonious and fluent, and the piano doesn't seem to suffer. In addition to that Aleph gives a performance that one would definitely not forget. With a perfectly balanced mixture of aggressiveness and sensitivity, Aleph offers a fabulous show, which he shares with musicians from the 8e ART big band as well as professional international artists who fly in, in order to share the stage with him and create a perfect symbiosis.
To conclude Aleph’s performance is not perceived as a recital but as a show, which will deliver in high quality and amusement. His motto is “God gives me the inspiration and I translate it”.
He has participated in many International festivals:
A "natural" from the moment she steps on stage, it is clearly evident that Dia is "home". From the first pure note to the last, it is obvious that she was born to sing. With her amazing smile, warm voice and charming stage presence, Dia completely wins over her audience. [+]
This is a seasoned band that will hold any crowd from start to finish with its confidence, stage presence, musical ability and variety. 8eme Art has spent many years preparing the perfect set list for your next event – a blend of great songs from the past four decades rearranged by Aleph, which will appeal to all age groups.
With a varied and upbeat song list your guests will have an outstanding evening whether they get up and "bust a move" or sit back and relax. Experienced in "reading the room", Dia Quintet will offer the crowd what they need to hear.
What characterizes her is her passion for musicals and cabaret songs, which we have integrated in her repertoire with a spice of oriental using kanoun, nay and baglama.
To sum up, with such a large range of music and entertaining stage presence, your event will definitely be a success.
This band features Gas, who is one of the most successful drummers and session men of the country. His solid foundation of knowledge and respect for music makes his drumming incredibly dynamic and diverse and helped him collaborate with dozens of prominent artists. He can juggle oriental and occidental with no difficulty what so ever. This versatility allowed him to build a strong foundation for his unique drumming style.
He is a main drummer in 8e Art Entertainment, being part of different bands that offer a variety of styles.
Born within a gifted musical family, Pierrette Ramia known as Yasmina, was initiated at a very young age to Arabic music led especially by her father Michel Ramia who is a well-known composer and singer. [+]
Amongst her influences are Sayed Darwich, Baligh Hamdi, Zakariah Ahmad, Mohamad Abdel Wahab, Philemon Wehbe, Brothers Rahbani, and Zaki Nassif. Endowed with an authentic Arab identity Yasmina’s tone is a jewel in the oriental music world. With her warm and sculpted voice the notes just flow out of her naturally, to carry you away into an imaginary world of genuine music.
Her repertoire revisits the classical Arabic music, such as: Lebanese traditional songs, the “Muwashahat”, the “Qasa’ed”, the “Adwar”, along with new compositions. Lately she has been experimenting with electro oriental tango fusion music.
She has performed concerts in Lebanon and abroad, notably in France, Italy, Cyprus, Turkey and Jordan.
One can definitely say that Xriss is a powerhouse vocalist. She has a unique tone that mixes emotions and power in a flawless way. With her band, she covers mostly soul and pop songs that she sings in her own special interpretation. [+]
Their repertoire ranges from songs from the 70’s until contemporary hits, and is surely very diverse.
She’s also part of the Redz band in which she showcases her great energy and takes on the crowd for a thrilling dancing experience.
For all the rock and funk lovers, this band is exactly what you need. With his powerful voice and special tone Jade takes on most of the classical rock and funk songs from the past but also the more recent hits, to which he brings his own personal style. [+]
The stage is where he is mostly at ease and his ability to take on a crowd makes him a great performer. Whether you want the aggressive rock sound or a softer mood 8 Rox will adapt their repertoire to give you exactly what you want to hear.
8 Rox meets Loud Arabia from 8e Art and delivers an astonishing show, check out their performance on Youtube.
You can also watch other performances by checking out our Youtube channel.
One thing is sure! Marc has charm and charisma that cannot be missed! But what makes him special is his powerful but yet sensual and sensitive voice. [+]
He knows exactly when to belt off and move you off your chair and when to embrace you with the softness of his tone. He can take on many styles of music interpreting them in his own special way, presenting a rich playlist in English, French and Italian that any age group will definitely enjoy.
Edwin & The Obas
Edwin is a mix of the old school vibe and the modern wave. His special and memorable tone allows him to explore those 2 different music styles. [+]
Apart from his tone, what characterize him are his freshness and his acoustic upbeat feel. His style varies from Indie, to Pop, to Reggae, to blues. His main instrument is the guitar but he also plays the mandolin and enjoys the ukulele. Edwin’s talent is apparent and his generous smile and performance will surely leave no one indifferent. He is a mixture of talent, rhythm, voice, style and musicality and that’s what makes his show a success.
The band is composed of an electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, with Edwin on acoustic guitar and vocals.
His strong voice along with his large range helps him perform a wide selection of oriental songs (Lebanese, Egyptian, Jordanian, Tunisian and Algerian Folk music). [+]
He can cover soft and dance repertoires. He takes on any of the hits whether old or new that can make you move all night long, and does that with his own personal interpretation, energy and elegance. He knows how to read the room and is very close to his audience. He could also blow you off with his rendition of Sting’s “Desert Rose” which he sings along side Jade from 8 Rox.
Aurora Garcia from Madrid, is the hottest young soul singer on the Spanish scene today! She has the on-stage fire of a young and hungry artist but the voice of someone way beyond her years. [+]
If you shut your eyes, be careful, because you might just confuse her for Aretha Franklin! She takes over any and all stages she steps on, integrating with any band perfectly. Her ear for rhythm, tempo and keys are of an optimal level, making her both a pleasure to perform with as well as a spectacle to watch.
L’Orient Andalou is a concept that brings together two different yet somehow similar musical cultures: Flamenco vs. Oriental for a perfect synergy of styles; giving a completely new sound to oriental music. [+]
Some of the flamenco melodies are composed by Ramzi Bou Kamel to enhance the oriental melodies of the songs. Yasmina’s tender voice and tone are perfectly pitched to embrace these styles. L’Orient Andalou takes on monumental artists and genres such as: Mohammad Abdel Wahab, Ziad Rahbani, Feiruz, some Mouwachah and Ahmad Soudki. Prepare to embark on a one of a kind musical journey.
A blend of Funk and jazz, this group is a perfect fit for all types of gatherings, including company parties, wedding receptions, graduations, conventions and festivals. [+]
Its repertoire includes over 250 songs.
The members' commitment to providing quality entertainment is a priority and that’s why they deliver a totally professional show that is energetic and fun.
The secret and beauty of this group that is based on 4 instruments that are drums, bass, guitar and keys is that it is very flexible and variable. They can feature any of the 8e Art soloists whether singers or solo musicians playing instruments such as kanoun, nay, flute, sax, violin or baglma for a perfect blend fusion. To check out the solo artists you can go to "our artists".
Therefore this group will surely fit any style, any taste and any event.
How about an all-ages interactive drum circle? The 8e Art Percussionists is an artistic sound experiment and a real exciting entertainment combining Cuban, African, Yugoslavian, Greek, Oriental & House exciting beats. [+]
Our group is known for its highly complex polyrhythm and stimulating melodies with different drum lines, other musical instruments (Tuba, electric guitar, violin, kanoun and nay…) & DJ groves.
We offer a variety of options to suit your desires. You will be guided to find your unique rhythm. As for your guests, they will find themselves embarked, taken by surprise, encircled, and involved.
It's a lively community expression of music! And a great idea for creative and sustainable reuse. Our members use reused/recycled materials to create personalized percussion drums, shakers, guiros, whistles or anything you can march and make music with. [+]
Make a shaker from a can or tube . . . a drum from old car parts . . . a whistle from a cone. We bring all kinds of resonant recycled materials for decorating the stage. We lead kids and adults in rhythm games throughout the show.
Loud Arabia is a unique combination of percussion, movement and ethnic dance to which are added world famous tunes played by a Kanoun, Tuba, E. Guitar & Flute. This group is known to participate mostly in festivals and big openings because of its demanding technical needs. What is interesting is that we can modify it to make it suitable to any private parties, weddings or corporate events.
Our facilitators make it easy for you; we handle all set up including sound check, lighting syllabus and live assistance.
Watch on Youtube what happens when 8 Rox and Loud Arabia get together!
Groove all night long with great performers giving you the best dance music in town! When Xriss & Jade get together you can guarantee an upbeat event bound to keep the crowd on their feet until last call. [+]
For an extreme dance ambience a groove box accompanies the musicians to give a performance that will surely keep a dance floor busy! Danceable, energetic and fun, their song list covers the sixties, seventies, eighties as well as the latest dancing hits going from R&B to pop to funk to disco & to House music.
In parallel to his musical studies, Jihad Assad known as Kanj has participated in many significant workshops held by great Turkish Kanoun players. He was part of orchestras in different local and international festivals since the age of 15 and [+]
accompanied many big singers, like Demis Roussos, Wadih el Safi, Majida El Roumi and many others. He achieved all of that with the artistic help and inspiration of his father, the respected oud, trombone player and conductor Mr. Michel Assad. In 2007, he focused on building his career with 8e Art as a soloist, performing in many concerts, festivals, private events and weddings.
Kanj is an accomplished kanoun virtuoso with both classical and modern repertoire. His advanced technique and deep feelings influenced by many musical cultures (Lebanese, Egyptian, greek, Spanish and Turkish) bring wealth of knowledge to the variety of styles he performs. One can even say that with him the Kanoun becomes the piano of oriental music. He pushed the instrument to the extreme by playing while standing and with a wireless microphone, which enables him to have a full interaction with his audience and doesn’t feel stuck to the ground.
Go to Youtube and enjoy "For Old Time's Sake", a single composed by Kanj & Raed.
Kanj started playing the Kanoun at the age of 8. He was part of orchestras in different local and international festivals since the age of 15 and accompanied many big singers like Demis Roussos, Wadih el Safi Majida El Roumi, and many others. [+]
Achieving all of that with the inspiration of his father, respected oud, trombone player and conductor Mr. Michel Assad.
In 2007, he focused on building his career with 8e Art as a soloist, performing in many concerts, festivals, private events and weddings.
Kanj attended many master classes with Kanoun prodigies in Istanbul to become the pioneer of the “10 fingers” Turkish Technique, a practice till then unknown in the Arab world.
He is a kanoun virtuoso. His advanced technique and deep feelings influenced by many musical cultures (Lebanese, Egyptian, Greek, Spanish and Turkish) bring wealth of knowledge to the variety of styles he performs. One can even say that he turns the kanoun into the piano of oriental music.
Always searching to exceed himself, he developed a stand that allows him to carry the kanoun (a 1st for kanoun players) and walk around using a wireless microphone, for better interaction with his audience.
Today Kanj pushes his boundaries even further by developing his “Workshop”. Known to be an innovator on his instrument, his new project will take you through the magic of the Andalusia and Tunisian vibes in a new setup inspired by a painter’s workshop as he plays on 2 different kanouns, each placed on a tripod. That led him to develop a new technique, giving his show richness in sound.
Raed started his musical path at the age of 19 playing the Nay, a form of oriental flute, at the Lebanese National Conservatory. On the side he got extra qualifications in Mastering the Oriental Percussions, both Tabla and Riq. [+]
And then at the age of 23 he began learning the clarinet. Even though he plays many instruments, the Nay is the one that is closest to his heart.
He is mostly known for his high sensitivity, and with that he can surely move any crowd.
He expands his horizons by turning the Nay - which is commonly known only as an Oriental instrument because of its nature and its limited musical scale - to a flexible instrument allowing him to approach different styles of music.
His extreme professionalism and mastering of the Nay has allowed him to give performances with numerous artists and expert musicians, like Wadih El Safi, Jose Fernandez, Ghada Ghanem, Ghadi El Rahbani, Julia Boutros, Ghassan Saliba, Lebanese composers Michel Abi Fadel, Prague Philharmonic Orchestra but also Studio Recording with London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Being a solo artist in different bands in 8e Art Entertainment, he has taken the Nay to a whole other level by exploring different styles.
Take 5 is a jazz and funk band that features O Alan on saxophone. The young band members come from different music backgrounds that allow them to produce a special sound, and give a new interpretation to old and new songs. [+]
Whether you're looking for a very calm or a more upbeat playlist, Take 5 can bring you Classic Jazz songs, Funk, and even new songs in a style you've never heard before.
Based in the musical hub of the world, London, England. The vocal duo of Lexie and Duanes are known for their unique chemistry & considerable experience in the music scene. [+]
When this pair combines, expect to be downright entertained. They are simply the perfect mix of youth, energy, elegance & talent.
Amy Smack Daddy
If your idea of a great time is never to leave the dance floor, look no further. Amy Smack Daddy's vast repertoire of classic and hit songs combined with their explosive energy and unparalleled creativity guarantee a performance that will not be forgotten. [+]
This band has been on the music scene for a while, with years of experience behind them. A band flowing with diversity and individual talents; Once together on stage they form a dynamic partnership filled with passion, vibrancy & spark. The exuberant atmosphere this five person band brings will make their time on stage the highlight of your event.
O Alan is a fun loving entertainer who brings life to your event with his charm and soulful saxophone voice. He has many years of experience playing music and is a versatile musician able to play numerous styles: Soul, Jazz, Latin, Rhythm & Blues… [+]
His love for entertaining is contagious. With the help of our arrangers, he creates a broad range of backing music which helps make every song sound authentic & hip.
The muse of the low frequency, Michel Labaky is known as “LABEX”. At a very young age Labex started performing in front of crowds. His proficiency on the bass guitar, double bass, and fretless bass [+]
is well regarded. Not only has LABEX been involved in the continuing development of various techniques but also in his sense of lyricism and melodic bass lines. His complete musicality and ferocious artistry, function as a timekeeper in the bass traditional role. He has performed with more than 50 international artists around the globe, multi styles player, with an outstanding showmanship performance.
A world percussion player, or any melodic instrument such as an electric guitar, wind instrument (saxophone or flute), kanoun, nay…can accompany Labex to perform well-known melodies. His ability to play many other instruments such as the drums, percussions, mandolin, guitar has made him create a “one man dance” band which is 15 min of dance medleys from various styles ideal to give your party a twisted punch.
Also check out some videos on our Youtube channel.
Here’s an artist, who shows you can be minimalist and massive. He represents the essence of electronic music & sounds. With his building up grooves he can certainly make any crowd dance! [+]
By adding very specific selection of sounds with his guitar, Brain has perfected the art of making electronic music, and all his tracks are either composed or arranged by him. Solo artists from 8e Art like a flutist, an oriental instrument like the nay, or an opera singer could join Brain to punctuate the high quality that electro music can reach. To add a glimpse of visual to the project a special costume takes the show to another level.
“A Mediterranean Journey” - At 10 years old, Big R Abian started playing piano, and then at the age of 18 he shifted to classical guitar. He perfected both instruments by enriching himself with harmony and composition classes. [+]
He played different styles such as jazz, fusion, funk, and performed in many concerts and festivals in Lebanon and abroad, such as the SOL festival in Palermo in 1999, where he was elected to represent the Roland Company.
In 2004 he discovered Turkish music and was totally fascinated by it and that was when his journey with the oriental instrument the Baglama started. Ever since, he constantly goes back and fourth to Istanbul, attending master classes in order to develop new techniques and enhance his ethnic feelings.
In order to implement that style onto his first love the guitar, he developed a technique that is truly an innovation: playing quartertones on an ordinary guitar! You will surely be amazed of the ethnic oriental sounds that come out from his instrument, offering richness in both melody and harmony.
So at the end of the day, Big R Abian is a true innovator, a panoply of styles and musical knowledge which makes him not only an inspiring musician but also a great composer and arranger. He shares his talent with different bands from 8e Art entertainment but also has his own project “A Mediterranean Journey”, which revolves around his special technique and new sound.
"8 Walks" is a new walking band created for summer 2012! It first took place in the British week in both ABC Achrafieh and Dbayeh [+]
It is a group of 18 artists who perform exciting melodies while moving around and busting a few moves. What differentiates them from other marching bands is their unique energy, their striking charm and their rich harmonies. The costumes are inspired by both the Scotland traditional wear and the British guards costumes.
Spinning records for more than 15 years now, Shepherd became the expert at throwing the right track at the right moment, making him the perfect dance floor igniter. [+]
Just when you think you know that tune Ray's always going to surprise you with his freshly laptop-baked twisted remix.
As Ray Shepherd forged his path in the Lebanese and Int'l club scene and events, he became an expert at reading the room and hence delivers 100% fore he masters every style one could think of.
With unprecedented skills behind the decks, Ray Shepherd takes the dance music lovers to another dimension by unpredictably mixing and remixing tracks in such an exciting way that uplifts the dance floor to higher states of musical ecstasy.
Yet don't be fooled with his classy intellectual look that hides a party expert who can take you on dance music journeys to be always remembered
Beuchet has impressed audiences, musicians and critics alike, with his inventive, finely crafted solos and atypical approach to the flute as a main instrument. [+]
With more than seven hours of practice per day and his addiction to J.S Bach, James Galaway, Ian Anderson, John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, and lately his passion for be bop music, he’s a chief in a wide range of styles. Though focusing primarily on Jazz, he has been involved in most of 8e Art’s projects performing funk, Latin, Brazilian & Indian music, offering him ample opportunity to develop a strong personal style. With his love to the stage, a big energy, a lot of generosity and a special beat boxing technique, Beuchet leaves behind memorable performances.
Check out Beuchet in this live performance by 8e Art Jazz Band that took place at the 32nd Anniversary of Erga Group.
You can also watch him in other performances by checking out some videos on our Youtube channel.
“The Musical” is a fabulously sensuous 40-Artist show including, choreographers, a stage director, lighting designers, costume designers, singers, dancers, musicians, and stilt walkers. [+]
They take on chart-topping songs from very well know musicals such as “Chicago”, “Burlesque”, “Cabaret” and “Moulin Rouge”.Each song is interpreted and choreographed in a particular way with changing lighting moods, giving each show heights of sight-and-sound grandeur. The project includes Dia Quintet, Kris B, Xriss, Jade and The Classical tribute.
The whole show is a triumph of style, showmanship and substance but also of decadent fun.
It is exactly what you need if you are looking for a mesmerizing and exuberant entertainment.
To check out the picture and the videos go to Latest Shows! Enjoy!
The Moving Piano: After the famous green piano that plays on its own, crafted by 8e Art and known under the name of « The Grasshopper », we present to you « The Swan », the new born of 8e Art! Imagine a grand piano walking around and spreading its music in the streets of Beirut. [+]
This concept is an innovation. It was conceived by 8e Art and its execution was made possible thanks to Mr. Jad Wehbe - ITech and Engineer, Mr. Gaby Mike, to whom we are very grateful. This is how it goes: The grand piano is placed on a stand with wheels to which a bench is attached. The pianist drives it with a treadle, which he controls with his foot. We have to say that it is a big challenge to play the piano and « drive » it at the same time!The Swan was created for the inauguration of the Emall Banking of Bank Audi where it greeted and surprised everyone. The Swan is our new baby and we are very happy to present it to you!
Charming and sophisticated, the Classical Tribute Quartet adds a graceful touch to upscale events including grand openings, weddings, charity events and more. [+]
Our quartet (2 violins, viola & Cello) expands to incorporate other professional musicians including strings, flute, stick bass, acoustic drums, harp and piano which gives this group the chance to play not only the best in classical music (Haydn,Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn) but also Jazz, Latin, pop and sound tracks in a special interpretation.
With a highly developed technique and a stimulating repertoire, the Classical Tribute will astonish your guests. Check out a video of one of their performances.
Our children chorus with their angelic voices, can join this group to add a magical spirit.
Oum Kalthoum Tribute
Revisit the 40’s with an 18 member oriental orchestra paying a tribute to the one and only Oum Kalthoum and other legendary artist of that era. [+]
They offer an acoustic performance, something our ear has completely forgotten, something that will allow you to go way back and enjoy music in a way our legends did.
It’s apparent that music legends can live forever. With “Screen Legends”, 8e Art keeps the legends alive by uniting them with 8e Art’s greatest musicians. [+]
As its name explains, the world’s biggest legends like Queen, Michael Jackson or more recent ones like Coldplay are projected on a screen singing their greatest hits. Only you will realize that the only thing that’s left of their songs is the vocals! 8e Art’s musicians play all the music in an arrangement that will surely astonish you. Imagine Michael Jackson singing his song with 8e Art’s musicians giving him a whole different version of it. So yes it is apparent that music legends can live forever!
“Screen Legends” was conceived by The Brain and developed by Aleph. It is a first in the history of music!
Combining technology and music in an innovative contemporary fashion. Four artists armed with an iPad each, play their respective instruments with the click of their fingers to produce a surprisingly impeccable musical masterpiece. [+]
Playing a wide array of selections, with melodic funk and deephouse, fused to create tunes we already know & love. Inventive and ingenius, the perfect mix of man and machine that is bound to awe and most definitely amuse.