“My performance includes a variety of folk and classical songs coming from different parts of the middle east (SWANA region). We showcase these diverse and rich cultures in a contemporary way, while staying faithful to the features that make it sound unique, through the use of microtones, odd time signatures, and Taqsims (improvisations). The instruments include: Qanun (Arabic harp), Nay (Arabic flute) and Derbuka/Riq (percussions).
What I love about being part of UpClose is that I get to represent my musical heritage in a program that includes various musicians who perform different styles of music to be appreciated by everyone.
The engagement with people in public places such as Preston markets was a highlight for me as I got to meet people from my own culture who showed their appreciation as well as people from different backgrounds who asked me lots of questions about it.”
Camille is accompanied by Aseel Tayah (Palestine) and Rosco Heck (Australia), performing traditional songs that tell stories of resistance and dislocation.
UpClose 2022 is proudly presented by MAV in partnership with Harmonic Whale.
Supported by Darebin Arts, Creative Victoria, Australia Council for the Arts, and Preston Market.
Camille El Feghali is a Lebanese Musician who draws heavily from the traditions of the Middle East. The instruments he plays include the Qanun, the Nay, the Buzuq and the synthesizer. He founded “Tarabeat” in 2016, which is a music collective combining Arabic traditional music with electronic instruments.
Mon 14 Mar 2022 - Fri 6 May 2022
The newest season of UpClose takes place in Darebin and features amazing local artists: Karina Lehman (Chile), Camille El Feghali (Lebanon), Sarita McHarg (India), and The New Monos (Argentina). Their music performances were filmed at Preston Market where aromas, languages, and cultures from all around the world meet. Harmonic Whale’s production team did a fantastic job capturing 2 songs per artist with a total of 8 music videos which will be released weekly from 16 March 2022 to celebrate Harmony Week. The Upclose program is an online live music video channel presenting intimate performances and interviews with culturally diverse Victorian singer-songwriters with the purpose of creating high-quality video content that supports the artist’s career.