Passport, a worldly musical album by Omar Rahbany and RYP Productions has been launched in Beirut,under the Patronage of His Excellency Minister of Tourism Mr. Michel Pharaon and His Excellency Minister of Culture Mr. Raymond Arayji, to a grand crowd of officials, celebrities, artists, media and the extended collaborating team. The red carpet event took place at CinemaCity, Beirut Souks, where the official documentary showcasing the making of Passport was screened to a distinguishedaudience. The album, Passport, took three years to complete and is part of grand-scale global collaboration between Grammy-award winning and critically acclaimed artists, musicians and producers.
"After a three year journey to perfect every note on Passport, and to achieve the overarching vision of the album, we are now ready to share it with the world," said Omar Rahbany, creator of Passport and co-founder of RYP Productions. "The successfully enriched sounds of Passport are attributed to the 179 talented individuals that took part in making it, all unified by one vision," he added.
Commenting on the launching of Passport, Mahdi Yahya, co-founder of RYP Productions added: "The making of Passport took us around the world, collaborating with exceptionally talented individuals, thus giving the album a global feel. This is the first piece of total art from RYP Productions, a company that aims to shed light on Middle Eastern talent and share it internationally."
Passport includes10 compositions, each telling a different story and drawing inspiration from the realms of philosophy, science and the arts. The compositions include intricate narrative, making Passport a journey of storytelling - giving the album a cinematic scope. Steve Rodby, fourteen-time Grammy award winning producer and musician contributed to the overall vision, as well as talented musicians such as Keith Carlock (Steely Dan, Sting), Wayne Krantz, Cuong Vu (Pat Metheny Group), Karim Ziad (The Zawinul Syndicate) as well as a selection of superb local musicians.
Nearly three-quarters of Passport was recorded in Lebanon. The rest of the album was recorded in Chicago, New York, Dubai, Paris and Ukraine. The mixing of the album took place in Wiltshire, UK, and mastering in Los Angeles, California. To stay true to international feel of the album, it was mixed at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios, where the team benefited from cutting edge technology and experienced engineers.) The Kiev Symphonic Orchestra was the main contributor on the "Overture" title. The participation of musicians from Dubai and Syria lends Passport a truly global sound.
The album is now available for download on Anghami and the CD is being sold at Virgin Megastores in Beirut.
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