Katia Makdissi-Warren’s compositions and ensemble, OktoEcho, have been described as a meeting place between two worlds, a marriage, beautifully consummated. One that offers the spectators new eyes, or ears.
Listening to Fairuz and Um Khulthoum while growing up in Quebec City left Katia’s ear tuned to both eastern and western melodies. So when she started forming her own ensemble in 2001, Katia naturally wanted to mix the two.
OktoEcho would be the given name, one which resonates with ochtoechos, the 8 modes found in Byzantine music, Byzantium being the meeting point between the East and the West.
And on December 4th, Katia and her ensemble will be turning Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory into a Byzantium of sorts, where Toronto will hear their beautiful music.
There, they’ll be playing some well-known medleys from Lebanon, mixing the set rhythms of Western classical music with the feel of the beats found east of the Atlantic.
OktoEcho will also be joining the Sultans of Strings, Julie Nesrallah, and Miriam Khalil for a warm evening of inspiration and good company.
Perhaps they’ll even all team up and concoct some tunes together.
But do get your ticket today and find out, si vous voulez.
It will be a sight to behold.