Christmas in MourningSary Moussa, Abed Kobeissy, Laurence Sammour
This Christmas in Palestine, our people are facing a new cycle of unspeakable violence and savagery. Words are missing to convey our outrage, our sadness, and our feeling of helplessness.
On the 24th of December at 8pm (Palestine time) and through the waves of radio alHara and many other radios, the Wonder Cabinet in Bethlehem will broadcast an original production of sonic mourning with electronic musicians Sary Moussa (Beirut), Abed Kobeissy (Beirut), and the Greek Orthodox tenor of the Church of the Nativity, Laurence Sammour (Bethlehem).
This remote collaboration is a mourning sound piece using religious recitals in an electronic composition. It is an attempt at producing a physical materialization of remote solidarity.
"It is with profound humility that we approached this work particularly in light of the inhumane brutality that present-day Palestine is witnessing.
The immense cultural and spiritual significance of this land weighs heavily on us. Throughout the writing process Laurence's voice and his presence served as a testament to an enduring vitality that this musical tradition holds.
We hope this sonic piece reflects our awe of the heritage on which it is based, as well as our deep appreciation of the opportunity to contribute in producing art that, in many ways, sheds a brief light on the story of Palestine and its people.
This commissioned work asserts Bethlehem's decision to cancel all festive aspects of this year's Christmas while Gaza is fiercely facing what can only be described as the purest forms of evil. For us, as musicians from Beirut, to be given the opportunity to be part of this stand, is a treasured privilege, to say the least.
This electro-acoustic piece revolves around the voice of Laurence Sammour, head of the choir of Bethlehem's Church of The Nativity.
Laurence's voice was the guiding reference in most of the artistic decisions made during the composition process.»
Sary Moussa & Abed Kobeissy"
We broadcast this show in solidarity with the Palestinian people and together with the following radio stations:
Radio Taiwan International