MESTO is recording a NEW album
NEW and no name yet
RELEASE DATE: FALL 2016
The music of Egyptian composer/singer Muhammad 'Abd al-Wahhab
Orchestrated by Nabil Azzam
Among the compositions: Amal Hayati, Intal Hobb, Al-Nahr al-Khalid
We would like to express our gratitude to department of Ethnomusicology
for donating the studio time
Also to our angel donor who covered the expences of the recording!
MESTO concert April 24, 2016
Schoenberg Hall, UCLA
Nabil Azzam, conductor
Karima Skalli, guest star singer
Maestro Nabil Azzam, conductor, performs his violin suite "Mutlaq"
with MESTO (photos: M. Kakati)
Marima Skalli stunned the audience! Elegance and Excellence
Mr. T. J. Troy, principal percussionist, successfully led this
part of the program
Just before the last song he left his percussion section and
introduced the three presenters.
Singer Karima Skalli had no idea she's being honored: A total
Dr. Raymond Jallow, Chairman, Friends of MESTO was able
to get Ms. Skalli a recognition from the Los Angeles county
On behalf of the board of directors, Mr. Tawfiq Bisharat presented
the Excellence Award from Arab-American Friends of Nazareth
on behalf of the president Mr. Edmon Hayek. This was in recognition
of Ms. Skalli's stunning performance in Las Vegas on April 16,
Maestro Nabil Azzam presents the MESTO Conductor's Award
to star singer Karima Skalli
In preparation for MESTO performances overseas
Cairo, Palestine, and Nazareth
Abbas presents Maestro Azzam with the medal of Culture, Science
and Arts of highest degree in his office in Ramallah.
proud family and friends; (L-R) Mr. Nazir Mgalli, Dr. Halim
Azzam, Mrs. Nahida Azzam-Shurrush,
Mrs. Nabila Azzam-AbuShkara, Azzam, President Mahmoud Abbas,
Mrs. Naila Azzam-Libbis,
Mr. Ghassan Fahoum, and Mr. Tawfik Fayyad.
President Abbas has invited MESTO to perform in Ramallah in
Cairo Opera House for the opening
ceremony of the Arab Music Festival
on November 1, 2015; Mr. Hilmy Namnam, minister of culture of
Egypt presents Maestro Azzam with the prestigeous award in recognition
for his contribution to Arab music in general and Egytian music
in particular. video
Dr. Inas Abd al-Dayim (center) chairperson of the Cairo Opera
House and Ms. Jihan Morsi (left)
Director of Arab Music Programs at COH.
The Arab Music Festival and Conference is dedicated this year
to the memory of late celebrated peot
Abdul Rahman al-Abnudi. His wife (sixth from left) received
fully attended Opera House! Also had the opportunity to meet
poet Farouk Gweida, columnist, and editor of culture section
in Al-Ahram Newpaper (Egypt)
Above: Palestinian medal and certification signed by President
Mahmoud Abbas: to the world renowned
Maestro Nabil Azzam
Cairo Opera House honoring of Maestro Nabil Azzam. signed by
Mr. Hilmy Namnam, Minister of Culture and by
Dr. Inas 'Abd al-Dayem, general director of the Cairo Opera
Maestro Azzam enjoying the sunset on the Nile...Oh, he also
can't leave the wonderful Airbus A-380 (Los Angeles to Frankfurt)
without a special visit to the cockpit to meet the three pilots.
With Dr. Abu Bakr
El-Tawansy at the hotel in Cairo. His contacts and vibrant personality
opened doors for Azzam in this lovely city. Dr. Abu Bakr is
on the MESTO team in Los Angeles.
Nihal Kamal accepted the honor on behalf of her late husband
Maestro Azzam was interviewed on several tv stations (right)
While on live tv interview
Maestro Azzam noticed the bust of the great Egyptian master
musician Abd al-Wahhab.
He took the freedon to direct the anchorwoman and the cameraman
to move to the right so
he can be next to the bust. Here it is
on Egyptian tv at the end of the ceremony. An art exhibit of
cartoonist Amr Fahmy showed famous Egyptian and Arab artists
and musicians (Muhammad Abd al-Wahhab, right)
Mr. Ali Sallam, mayor of Nazareth, also had a special reception
for Maestro Azzam at Nazareth's city hall.
Very warm welcome
at a beautiful dinner party by AAAUSU in Nazareth, with president
Dr. Rimon Jobran.
Hala tv station..live
from Haifa with Mr. Wadeaa Awawdy (center). Guests are Ms. Suhad
Bishara, Esq. and lawmaker Ayman Odeh (R)...90 minutes with
great people. [watch video: http://www.panet.co.il/article/1130990]
exciting show at Radio ash-Shams in Nazareth with Mr.
Fehmi Farah (L). While the live show was on the air two very
important friends of Maestro Azzam opened the door of the studio
and came in unexpectedly.
Mr. Muhammad Barakeh, former MK (center) and Mr. Suhail Karram
(R) owner and president of Radio ash-Shams.
Tuesday Feb.24, 2015
Nabil Azzam with the CD banner
MESTO members also celebrated
Beautiful audience too
With members of Layali Zaman Ensemble
MC Frank Antonelli, MESTO manager
Dr. Raymond Jallow, President of Friends of MESTO
Scott Fraser, sound engineer at Architecture. Recorded Ah
Hatem Mounir, percussions and mastering of Ah Ya Zain
In this CD for solo 'ud, Nabil Azzam performs
16 traditional Arab Melodies with percussion instruments
and other beautiful accompaniment by Hatem Mounir dedicated
for young ears.
Azzam's selection includes both vocal and instrumental melodies.
Almost all pieces are perfrormed with some degree of improvisation,
an art that's highly admired by musicians.
MESTO Successful Concert, Oct. 18, 2014
The Downey Civic Theatre
Featuring music of Syria, Iraq, Jordan and also of Mozart
World premiere of Mariam by Nabil Azzam for violin
Works by Farid El-Atrache, Muhammad 'Abd al-Wahhab
Guest artists Rafi Kamal (Iraq) Samir Rizq (Syria) Hasan Minawi
(Jordan) and Maestro Nabil Azzam
World premiere of Mariam for violin and orchestra by Nabil
Conducting Min Ghair Laih of 'Abd al-Wahhab
Consul general of Egypt HE AL-Husseini 'Abd al-Wahhab and
Mr. and Mrs. Adel Eskandar of Layali Zaman, Drs. composer
Sami and Mary Farag,
Dr. Abu Bakr El-Tawansy,Nabil Azzam and Mr. and Mrs, Maged
Girgis of Layali Zaman Ensemble
Dr. Sami Asmar of Turath Ensemble
Strings: violins, violas, celli and basses. Ethnic: qanun,
oud and mandolin.
Woodwinds include flute, oboe, clarinets and bassoons
The complete percussion section: Troy, Nahas, Payne and Martinelli
Our dedicated concertmistress Leola Wagner and Greorge Kuhr
Celli Belding (principal) and Votek and oud, Shaaban (also
unseen qanun and mandolin)
Azzam performs his violin concerto Mariam
Program included the instrumental works:
Mozart: symphony no. 40 (first
movement); Alla Turca
Atyaf (coktail) and Intal Hobb by
M. Abd al-Wahhab,
Mariam, for violin and orchestra
by maestro Nabil Azzam (World Premiere)
Min Ghair Laih, by M. Abd al-Wahhab
(orchestration world premiere, N. A